M1 Carbine

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World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine - correct for most of WWII, shown with khaki sling and oiler and a period twin magazine pouch for buttstock
Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine. Most of the World War II variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to the Military Arsenals and retrofitted with the Bayonet Lug and adjustable rear sight. This is the version seen after late 1945 and all the way until the 1960s. This version is seen most often in World War II movies, despite being anachronistic for most World War II battles
Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with M4 bayonet and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
The Modern Manufactured version of the M1 Carbine, with standard stock, from Auto-Ordnance (affiliated with Kahr Arms and Thomson Arms) - .30 Carbine

The M1 Carbine was a lightweight, intermediate cartridge firearm, developed and adopted in 1941, as a supplement to the then standard Issue M1 Garand. The M1 Carbine was to take the place of pistols for vehicle drivers, members of crew served weapons, NCOs and other secondary roles to the frontline infantryman. Despite its lack of 'knockdown' power, it was popular, primarily due to its handiness and lightweight and was seen in front line usage in both the European and Pacific Theaters of World War II.

Contrary to what movie and TV viewers see, the M1 Carbine did not have a bayonet lug during World War II. There is no photographic evidence of any soldiers carrying or using the M1 Carbine or M1A1 paratrooper Carbine between 1942 and early 1945, with a bayonet lug. The version with the bayonet lug, and the replacement of the "L" peep sight with the adjustable windage rear sight was an undesignated upgrade to the model and was not given a separate model number. This upgrade officially started in late 1944, but were only seen in the field in late 1945, in the very last months of the war. Occupation troops did, however, get this version of the gun. The upgraded version was used extensively during the Korean conflict and into the early years of Vietnam. The M1 carbine could still be found in US National Guard, Army or Air Force reserve unit armories on into the early 1970s, in addition it was a common police weapon from the mid 1950s into the late 1970s. Surplus M1 Carbines were widely exported to US allies, and it remains a popular weapon among Israeli police to this day.

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Specifications

(1941 - Present)

  • Type: Carbine
  • Caliber: .30 Carbine
  • Weight: 5.2 lbs (2.4 kg)
  • Length: 35.4 in (90 cm)
  • Barrel length: 18 in (45.7 cm)
  • Feed System: 15 or 30-round detachable box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto (M1), Semi-Auto/Full-Auto (M2, M3)

The M1 Carbine and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

M1/M1A1 Carbine

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
M1 Carbine with heat shield and 20 round magazine - .30 Carbine
Post-war M1 Carbine with 30 round magazine and metal barrel shroud - .30 Carbine
M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sights, and side-folding stock, often referred to as the 'Paratrooper' carbine - .30 Carbine.
M1 Carbine in Universal folding stock - .30 Carbine
M1 Carbine manufactured by Plainfield, with pistol-grip, post-WWII paratrooper stock and vertical foregrip - .30 Carbine.
Short-barrel M1 Carbine with pistol grip, retractable wire stock and forward pistol grip - .30 Carbine

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Machete Kills On gun wall 2013
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed US Army soldiers 2012
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed Corbin Allred T-5 Rossi M1A1 Carbine 2012
Memorial Day US Army Soldiers With anachronistic bayonet lugs, with and without folding stock 2011
My Way US Army Soldiers w/ anachronistic bayonet lugs 2011
My Best Enemy Corporal of MP guards 2011
The Heineken Kidnapping Dutch SWAT team WWII era model 2011
The Heineken Kidnapping Dutch SWAT team paratrooper stock and customized grips 2011
The Front Line (2011) South Korean Army 2011
Death and Glory in Changde Ray Lui Lt. Gen. Yu Chengwan 2010
Death and Glory in Changde Fan Lei Col. Chang Ruan 2010
Death and Glory in Changde Chinese officers 2010
71: Into the Fire Seung-woo Kim Kang Suk-Dae with 30-round magazine 2010
71: Into the Fire US Army soldiers w/ 30-round magazine 2010
71: Into the Fire South Korean soldiers w/ 30-round magazine 2010
New Kids Turbo Dutch police sniper 2010
Red and White (Merah Putih) Dutch soldier Korean War Era model 2009
Spoils of War Krash Miller Sgt. Miller 2009
Inglorious Basterds American Soldiers 2009
Black Dynamite Militant 2009
Che Part Two: Guerrilla Franka Potente Tamara "Tania" Bunke 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Harrison Ford Indiana Jones 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Soviet soldiers 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Douglas M. Griffin MP Freddy Naughton with anachronistic bayonet lugs and 30-round magazine 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Military Policemen with anachronistic bayonet lugs and 30-round magazine 2008
Warbirds Brian Krause Colonel Jack Toller 2008
Warbirds Caleb Michaelson Sergeant John Lee 2008
Warbirds Jon McCarthy Sergeant Murphy 2008
Intimate Enemies Fellaghas M1A1 2007
Desperation Steven Weber Steve Ames 2006
Flags of our Fathers Adam Beach PFC Ira Hayes 2006
Flags of our Fathers Barry Pepper Sgt. Mike Strank 2006
Flags of our Fathers U.S. Marines 2006
Land of the Dead Robert Joy Charlie 2005
The Lost City Nestor Carbonell Luis Fellove 2005
The Lost City Cuban rebels, police, army 2005
Coronado Kristin Dattilo Claire Winslow 2003
Coronado Numerous rebels 2003
We Were Soldiers Vietnamese ARVN interpreter 2002
In China They Eat Dogs A gangster 1999
Saving Private Ryan Tom Sizemore Technical Sergeant Mike Horvath Fitted with a buttstock magazine pouch 1998
Saving Private Ryan Members of the 101st Airborne Division, other Airborne paratroopers M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 1998
The Thin Red Line John Cusack Captain Gaff 1998
The Thin Red Line Elias Koteas Captain Staros 1998
The Thin Red Line Woody Harrelson Sgt. Keck 1998
The Thin Red Line Jared Leto 2nd Lt. Whyte 1998
The Thin Red Line John Savage Sgt. McCron 1998
The Postman Kevin Costner The Postman 1997
Heaven's Burning STAR team member 1997
Mulholland Falls US Army soldiers 1996
Ed Wood Brent Hinkley Conrad Brooks prop 1994
A Midnight Clear Kevin Dillon Mel Avakian 1992
Pink Cadillac Clint Eastwood Tommy Nowak 1989
Good Morning Vietnam American troops 1987
Ishtar Dustin Hoffman Chuck Clarke 1987
Nadine Jeff Bridges Vernon Hightower 1987
Nadine Rip Torn Buford Pope 1987
Nadine Gary Grubbs Cecil 1987
Nadine Mickey Jones Floyd 1987
F/X Assassin 1986
Thirteen at Dinner Actor portraying assassins scope, suppressor, custom stock 1985
Under Fire FSLN rebels 1983
Thief Mobster 1981
Green Ice Colombian guerillas 1981
Brubaker 1980
...And Justice For All Police officers 1979
Midnight Express Turkish police 1978
Goodbye and Amen Claudia Cardinale Aliki 1978
Goodbye and Amen John Steiner Donald Grayson 1978
Go Tell the Spartans South Vietnamese troops 1978
Go Tell the Spartans Marc Singer CPT Alfred Olivetti 1978
Go Tell the Spartans Craig Wasson CPL Courcey 1978
Go Tell the Spartans Jonathan Goldsmith 1SG Oleonowski 1978
Go Tell the Spartans Evan C. Kim Cowboy 1978
Black Sunday Terrorists, police officers and Israeli commandos 1977
Police Python 357 French criminals 1976
Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino Sonny 1975
The French Detective (Adieu, poulet) Jacques Rispal Mercier 30-round magazine 1975
Jaws Carried by man patrolling waters 1975
The Deadly Tower Kurt Russell Charles Whitman 1975
Savage Sisters Cheri Caffaro Jo Turner w/ 30-round magazine 1974
Savage Sisters John Ashley W. P. Billingsley w/ 30-round magazine 1974
Savage Sisters Philippine soldiers, guerrillas w/ 30-round magazine 1974
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot George Kennedy Red Leary 1974
The Terrorists Various police and military personnel 1974
Charley Varrick Police officers 1973
Scorpio Alain Delon Jean Laurier a.k.a. "Scorpio" 1973
The Crazies (1973) U.S. National guard 1973
Hickey & Boggs Black revolutionaries 1972
The Omega Man Seen in Neville's gun rack Post WW2 version 1971
Cotton Comes to Harlem Robbers M1A1 Carbine 1970
Mr. Freedom Various 1969
The Bridge at Remagen George Segal Lt. Phil Hartman 1969
The Bridge at Remagen Paul Prokop Captain John Colt 1969
Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston Commander Taylor Visually modified 1968
Planet of the Apes Apes Visually modified 1968
Targets Tim O'Kelly Bobby Thompson 1968
The Green Berets David Janssen George Beckworth 1968
The Green Berets George Takei Captain Nim 1968
The Green Berets U.S. Navy Seabees, ARVN soldiers and Viet Cong 1968
The Sergeant Rod Steiger MSgt. Albert Callan 1968
The Last Adventure Hans Meyer The Mercenary 1967
The Last Adventure Lino Ventura Roland Darbont 1967
The Last Adventure The henchman 1967
The Battle of Algiers French soldiers 1966
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters US Navy personnel 1966
The 317th Platoon Jacques Perrin 2nd Lt. Torrens 1965
Alphaville French security force 1965
None But the Brave Tommy Sands 2nd Lt. Blair 1965
None But the Brave Clint Walker Capt. Dennis Bourke 1965
Dr. Strangelove Keenan Wynn Col."Bat"Guano 1964
Goldfinger U.S. Army soldiers 1964
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra Capt. Marco 1962
Hell Is for Heroes U.S. Army soldiers 1962
Merrill's Marauders Jeff Chandler General Merrill 1962
The Longest Day French Resistance and US Forces 1962
The Longest Day Roddy McDowall Private Morris 1962
Hell to Eternity . US Marines anachronistic 1960
Pork Chop Hill Cliff Ketchum Cpl. Payne 1959
Pork Chop Hill Gregory Peck Lt. Joe Clemons 1959
Pork Chop Hill Norman Fell S/Sgt. Coleman 1959
Pork Chop Hill U.S. Army soldiers 1959
Never So Few Frank Sinatra Cpt. Tom Reynolds 1959
Never So Few Burmese soldiers 1959
The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor) French foreign legionaries 1958
The Young Lions U.S. Army soldiers 1958
When Hell Broke Loose Extras 1958
20 Million Miles to Earth William Hopper Col. Robert Calder M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 1957
20 Million Miles to Earth Used by Sicilian police officers M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 1957
China Gate James Hong Charlie 1957
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Donald Curtis Maj. Huglin 1956
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Used by U.S. Air Force soldiers 1956
To Hell and Back Audie Murphy Himself 1955
The Bridges at Toko-Ri Earl Holliman Nestor Gamidge 1954
The Bridges at Toko-Ri Mickey Rooney CWO Mike Forney 1954
The Bridges at Toko-Ri William Holden Lt. Harry Brubaker 1954
War of the Worlds, The (1953) War of the Worlds, The (1953) 1953
Battle Circus Humphrey Bogart Maj. Jed Webbe 1953
Keenan Wynn Sgt. Orvil Statt
Steve Forrest U.S. Army Sergeant
Robert Keith Lt. Col. Hilary Walters
U.S. Army soldiers
Carbine Williams James Stewart David "Carbine" Williams 1952
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951) U.S. Army soldiers 1951
Go for Broke! Van Johnson 2LT Michael Grayson 1951
Go for Broke! Henry Oyasato 2LT Ohhara 1951
Go for Broke! Dan Riss Captain Solari 1951
Halls of Montezuma Richard Widmark Lt. Anderson with anachronistic bayonet lug 1951
Halls of Montezuma Reginald Gardner Sgt. Johnson with anachronistic bayonet lug 1951
Halls of Montezuma US Marines with anachronistic bayonet lug 1951
When Worlds Collide 1951
The Steel Helmet U.S. Army soldiers World War II model 1951
Battleground U.S. Army Airborne Paratroopers 1949
A Walk In The Sun U.S Bazooka Team 1945
The Story of G.I. Joe U.S. Soldiers 1945
Gung Ho! Marine Raider 1943

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Top Shot - Season 4 Various Various "Sweating Bullets" (S4E1) 2012
Jon Benjamin Has a Van Gangsters "Little Little Italy" (S01E02) 2011
The Pacific Dwight Braswell PFC Steve Evanson 2010
The Pacific Jon Seda Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone 2010
The Pacific Joseph Mazzello Eugene Sledge 2010
The Pacific Leon Ford 1st Lt. Edward 'Hillbilly' Jones 2010
The Pacific Martin McCann R.V. Burgin 2010
The Pacific Martin McCann Pvt. Hamm 2010
The Pacific Rami Malek Meriell 'Snafu' Shelton 2010
The Pacific Scott Gibson Capt. Andrew Haldane 2010
Jericho (TV series) Gerald McRaney Johnston Green 2006-2008
Jericho (TV series) Skeet Ulrich Jake Green 2006-2008
Lost Alexandra Krosney young Ellie 2004-2010
Lost Elizabeth Mitchell Juliet Burke 2004-2010
Lost Henry Ian Cusick Desmond Hume 2004-2010
Lost William Mapother Ethan Rom 2004-2010
Lost Various "Others" 2004-2010
Firefly various extras "Heart of Gold" (S01E13) 2003
Mail Call Re-enactors M1 and M1A1 variant 2002-
Band of Brothers Colin Hanks Lt. Henry Jones M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 2001
Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg Carwood Lipton M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 2001
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes Sgt. Donald Malarkey M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 2001
Band of Brothers Richard Speight, Jr. Sgt. Warren "Skip" Muck M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 2001
Band of Brothers Rick Gomez Sgt. George Luz M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 2001
Band of Brothers Ron Livingston Capt. Lewis Nixon M1A1 Carbine with collapsible buttstock and handgrip 2001
Band of Brothers U.S. Army soldiers With and without folding stocks 2001
Crime Story Dennis Farina Lt. Torello 1986-1988
Police Story assassin "Chief"(SO1E21) 1973-1977
The Equalizer Edward Woodward Robert McCall Pilot 1985-1989
Dempsey and Makepeace Michael Brandon Lt. Dempsey "Make Peace, Not War", (S01E07) 1985
Dempsey and Makepeace Catriona MacColl Angie Hughes "Hors De Combat" (S01E05) 1986
Dempsey and Makepeace Police snipers 1985-1986
S.W.A.T. Geoffrey Lewis Jack Bonelli 1975-1976
M*A*S*H (TV Series) Various characters on guard duty and some patients 1972-1983
Hawaii Five-O Jay J. Armes Stoner Fitted with a scope, wire stock and forward pistol grip. Season 6 Episode: "Hookman" 1968-1980
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord Steve McGarrett Season 2 Episode: "Savage Sunday" 1968-1980
Mission: Impossible Greg Morris Barney Collier "Memory" (S01E02) 1966
Mission: Impossible Gene LeBell Sudow "A Spool There Was" (S01E09) 1966
Mission: Impossible Barry Cahill guard "Carriers" (S01E10) 1966
Mission: Impossible guards/henchmen 1966-1967
Mission: Impossible guards/henchmen 1967-1968
Hogan's Heroes Felice Orlandi Maurice Dubois 1965-1971
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. . THRUSH agents A modified M1 with an infrared sniper scope, rather than an M3 1964-1968
Combat! Rick Jason Lt. Hanley 1962-1967

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway M1A1 with folding stock 2008
Call of Duty: World at War Original M1 carbine, referred to as M1A1 variant 2008
Call of Duty: World at War: Final Fronts 2008
Forgotten Hope 2 M1 Carbine and M1A1 with folding stock 2005
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood M1A1 with folding stock 2005
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 M1A1 with folding stock 2005
Call of Duty (2003) M1A1 with folding stock, anachronistic adjustable rear sight 2003
Call of Duty 2 Original M1, referred to as M1A1 2005
Call of Duty: Big Red One 2005
Call of Duty: United Offensive M1A1 with folding stock, anachronistic adjustable rear sight 2004
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 2006
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault 2004
Silent Storm 2003
Vietcong 2003
7554 2011
Forgotten Hope M1 and M1A1 Carbine 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Karma Online 2011
Project Reality: Normandy With anachronistic adjustable rear sight 2013

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Orguss 02 Rivellian soldiers 1993

Animation

Title Character Note Date
The Iron Giant U.S. Army soldiers 1999


M2 Carbine

M2 Carbine - .30 Carbine
An M2 Carbine select Fire carbine - .30 carbine

The M2 Carbine was a select fire upgrade of the M1 Carbine that was developed in late 1944/early 1945. No examples of the M2 Carbine were issued before the surrender of Nazi Germany, however, there were some field conversion kits for altering M1 Carbines sent to units for field testing before the end of the war. Though not impossible, it would be very rare to see an M2 in any sort of action prior to Germany's surrender (however they do show up in late war Combat photographs in the South Pacific). The M2s were common among the occupation forces and U.S. Forces in Korea (1950-1953). M2 Carbine along with the M1 Carbine were used by the Army of The Republic of Vietnam as well as the Vietnamese police. US Army soldiers and Marines also used solely the M2 Carbine in extremely small numbers. A small number of M1 and M2 Carbines were captured by the National Liberation Front, also known as the Vietcong who used them against anti-communist forces.

Note: Just because an M1 Carbine is seen with a 30 round magazine, it doesn't automatically make it an M2 carbine. In Movie Armories and in real life, there were many more M1 Carbines built than M2s and many forces still used the M1 Carbine all around the world, as well as law enforcement into the 1970s. There must be a visible selector switch or the weapon must be seen firing fully automatic to declare it to be an M2 Carbine.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Oba: The Last Samurai Sean McGowan Captain Lewis Anachronistic, with 15-round magazines 2011
Oba: The Last Samurai James Judd Lieutenant Lang Anachronistic, with 15-round magazines 2011
Oba: The Last Samurai US Marines Anachronistic, with 15-round magazines 2011
Oba: The Last Samurai Mao Inoue Chieko Aono Anachronistic, with 15-round magazines 2011
Oba: The Last Samurai Japanese guerrillas Anachronistic, with 15-round magazines 2011
Che Benicio del Toro Che Guevara 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Harrison Ford Indiana Jones 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Soviet soldiers 2008
Sweat Hubert Saint-Macary Grease-Monkey Sawn-off with the metal barrel shroud 2002
Fracchia the Human Beast (Fracchia la belva umana) Carabinieri 1981
Apocalypse Now French colonists 1979
The Odd Angry Shot Viet Cong 1979
The Eagle Has Landed Larry Hagman Col. Pitts 1976
The Eagle Has Landed Treat Williams Captain Clark 1976
The Eagle Has Landed Various U.S. Army Rangers 1976
Hennessy Sean Tobin, IRA hit squad 1975
Skyjacked Soviet troops Mocked up to resemble AK-47 rifles 1972
Execution Squad (La polizia ringrazia) Carabinieri 1972
Execution Squad (La polizia ringrazia) "Anonymous police" sniper With a scope 1972
Murderers' Row Dean Martin Matt Helm 1966

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
State Border: Film 6, The Can be seen in documentary footage 1987
Vegas (2012) . Kidnappers Episode:"Solid Citizens" (S1E05) 2012-????

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Alliance of Valiant Arms 2007
Karma Online 2011


M3 Carbine

The short-lived M3 Carbine, known by many who field-tested it as "The Abomination" - .30 Carbine
The M3 Carbine in its final configuration, including backpack for the infrared sight's large 12-volt battery. - .30 Carbine

The M3 Carbine was an M2 Carbine fitted with an early night-vision scope and active infrared sight. By the end of the Korean War, a forward pistol grip had been added to aid in handling the M3's increased bulk. An external power source for the infrared sight had to be carried in a backpack.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The 'Burbs Bruce Dern Rumsfield 1989
The Omega Man Seen on a chair and in a gun rack in Neville's apartment 1971


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Return to Castle Wolfenstein "Snooper Rifle" with suppressor and infrared scope anachronistic 2001
Stubbs the Zombie U.S. Army snipers 2005


Iver-Johnson Enforcer Pistol

Iver-Johnson Enforcer Pistol - .30 Carbine

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Black Dynamite Byron Minns Bullhorn 2009
Trailer Park of Terror 2008
Stiletto 2008
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Antonio Banderas El Mariachi 2003
El Mariachi Hitman 1992
Good Guys Wear Black Chuck Norris John T. Booker 1978
The Gauntlet Hitman 1977
Slaughter Don Gordon 1972

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Dark Angel Krit "…And Jesus Brought a Casserole" (S1E22) 2000




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