Again, it just goes to show if you’re shooting pistol loads out of a rifle-length barrel, you’ve got to be careful about your ammo selection.

In HAM testing, the maximum Muzzle Velocity averaged across a 10-shot string was 387 FPS. There’s no doubt about it. Several of our team said they’d spend the extra $400 and get a Fulton Armory carbine over this one. Is Fastest Best for Hunting?

I may earn a small part of the sale from links to any products or services on this site. I have a Iver Johnson pistol grip M1 thats a little tricky to shoot with a short barrel. You can even get them in 30-round capacities and 10-rounders for those of you in ban states! In fact the distance the Carbine’s bolt and operating slide travel back during one blowback action is 25 – 30% longer than than for the MP40 and Tommy Gun. May we present, 70 years later, the Fulton Armory M1 Carbine. It’s a big cartridge with a lot of energy. This one had the flip safety, bayonet lug, and round bolt. If that bullet is designed for lower velocities, when you put it in a rifle, it might do something you don’t want it to do. From handling older M1 Carbines to other more recent reproductions, AO would take the cake in my opinion for the best reproduction. The extractor, which appeared to be an investment-cast part, operated perfectly for the remainder of our limited testing. This Carbine has a long and strong blowback action.

The wood stock leaves something to be desired though.

With its 18” barrel, and shorter designed action, the M1 Carbine and later versions of the M2 and M3 were favored for their handiness. Our favorite guns and gear that we've tested and fully recommend. We have been working to implement an improved follower that will eliminate this issue, but for any customer that experiences issues, we are always here to help and have parts on hand should they be needed.”.

The Auto-Ordnance and Underwood (CMP-1) carbines had the push-button safety.

It comes to the shoulder quickly, it points naturally, is even lighter than it looks, and it recoils about the same as a .223 of equal weight, only with less muzzle blast. We liked the flip safety and the bayonet lug, which mated well with the adjustable sight.

Shooting the carbine was an old-fashioned experience. It even shot the old U.S. Ball ammo well, getting groups just over 2 inches. If you look at the ballistics of the .30 Carbine round, it is roughly equivalent to a .357 Magnum fired out of a rifle-length barrel. The Auto-Ordnance carbines are produced using newly manufactured parts on high-precision computerized machinery. There were no surprises, nor failures of any sort. Springfield Armory M1 Carbine BB Rifle Test Review VALUE FOR MONEY. He told me to soak it in our bathtub in hot water to loosen the cosmoline. It’s Part 2 of our M1 Carbine Mini-Series!


The Auto-Ord and Underwood also had the flat bolt, and neither of these two had a bayonet lug. To release, just give the bolt handle a little tug backward and let it fly. Subscribe to Pew Pew Tactical's sales and deals email. The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge.

If we had shot it through a longer barrel like they would have had in the M1 Thompson or the M3 Grease Gun (the submachine guns of WWII) it might have had a little more velocity. This entire article including scoring, test targets etc is Copyright Hard Air Magazine and may NOT in part or in whole be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the publisher.

During World War II close to a dozen manufacturers produced carbines, and the design evolved in small ways over time. BBs tend to bounce off these surfaces and may hit you, or something other than what you intended. To our surprise, the Fulton and one of the CMP carbines did not like the old original Mil-Spec ball ammo at all.

You may also find it from physical stores stocking products distributed by Air Venturi. All had the wing-protected front sight.

The Springfield Armory M1A Underlever Air Rifle Is Here! Finally, the buttplate was plastic. I would love to put a vortex venom on it. The BB follower notch was a very useful feature that’s found surprisingly rarely on other BB-firing CO2 replica airguns.

It’s Part 2 of our M1 Carbine Mini-Series! That lower pressure causes lower FPS for the next shot.

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We liked the light weight and the nice wood, but the operating smoothness was just not as good as it was with the mil-surplus carbines.

The rear sight is drift adjustable on this model from AO, but I did not have the proper tool for adjustment. That’s not as much expansion as the .357 Magnum Hornady load, but the bullet is also starting out smaller.

There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are dissatisfied in any way. Details in the video below, or keep scrolling to read the full transcript. The Springfield Armory M1 Carbine BB Rifle tested by HAM performed creditably compared to the manufacturer’s claims.

Keep in mind though that the wood easily scratches which is my only gripe with handling the weapon. Do you qualify for a CMP firearm purchase? The .45 ACP (you .45 guys are going to love this), made it through five layers of the plywood.

Being limited to iron sights only for this carbine, I moved in closer at 50 yards. However, due to the nature of the program, the CMP carbines may be in very short supply by the time this report appears in print. Two of our carbines came from the CMP, both “Service Grade.” One was an Underwood (CMP-1, $565) and the other an Inland (CMP-2, $ 495). The carbine you can buy today from Fulton Armory features all of the attributes of our test rifle but one. Here’s what that decision meant…. I do think it’s safe to say the .30 Carbine should not be underestimated when it comes to penetration.

It allows the magazine to drop free. Finally, the Buffalo Bore load made it to right around 25-26 inches of penetration and .49 inches of expansion. Get proficient on YOUR time. Be sure to check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. With the purchase of a hunting license, hunters are permitted to shoot up to 4 Rio gobblers and rifles of all types are allowed.

Again another indication of good consistency. The A-O had a modern-made, two-height sight similar to the original M1 carbine sight, which had to be drifted for windage. A 1903 Springfield, M1 Carbine and 1911 .45 auto pistol all for $100 mailed to your home. Recoil was mild from the small cartridge, and I would compare it to a slightly harder .300 Blackout. Then I folded the armor over twice, making four layers.

The bolt certainly has a long rearward travel, replicating the requirement of the centerfire original to handle ammo with an overall length of nearly 1.7 Inches. There are a number of companies out there offering refurbished WWII-era firearms, but Auto-Ordnance is currently the only manufacturer of new M1 Carbines. It broke at 6.3 pounds.

The bolt stayed open well, about like that of the Fulton. It was from Sellier & Bellot, American Eagle, and original U.S. Mil-Spec ball (head stamped LC71). I had ice flying high into the air! While it’s great for farmers and domesticated or wild animals, it makes hunting hogs in wheat fields practically impossible. That’s about 7 Ounces less than the military-issue version. This time, we’re looking at the ballistics of the .30 Carbine cartridge, including gel testing and a hard barrier penetration test. Out of the box accuracy though was impressive, and it fed typical 110-grain ball ammo like Magtech 110-grain FMJs flawlessly. We’ve got a dedicated section for the AR-15 here. There is still a market for accessories with the M1 Carbine, mostly centered around optic mounts. All Rights Reserved. Rather than declare the Auto-Ordnance carbine a failure, we contacted the manufacturer and sent the bolt in for a replacement extractor.

Just like the original, the Springfield Armory M1 Carbine BB Rifle is a little under three Feet long. Copyright © 2020 Pew Pew Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

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