Inland Manufacturing has a new carbine available, their M1 Scout Carbine in .30 caliber. It’s an American-made, American classic descended from the iconic WWII- and Korea-era weapon with what the manufacturers call “…design elements and benefits of the popular scout rifle popularized by Jeff Cooper in the 1980s.”
Why the M1 Carbine? Why not? All black rifles matter, not just those spawned by St. Stoner the Much Revered.
The M1, often incorrectly called the “first PDW” (we figure something like the Mauser C96 deserves that distinction) is as widely recognized as it is maligned. Designed by Winchester, then built by the million by General Motors, Winchester, Inland and even more unlikely companies (including one better known for building jukeboxes), the M1 was the basis for an epithet for Marines who weren’t in line units. Marine veteran and author Sterling Mace used it much like POG is used today, referring derisively to carbine Marines as opposed to riflemen, a term presumably restricted to the infantry.
In fact, in an interview conducted long after the war, Mace described the M1 as the least effective weapon he observed in combat.
“That would be the M1 carbine. It was such a flimsy little thing, with a small caliber round. I don’t know about over in Europe, but in the Pacific you got the feeling that these were only to be used as a last resort, or at really close range.
Oh, they were deadly, and I’m sure a lot of the enemy met their ends with M1 carbines, but it certainly wasn’t the weapon of choice for a rifleman. Those would be the M1 rifle, the BAR, Thompson machine guns and sometimes shotguns. But Tommy guns and shotguns were almost worthless in any type of jungle fighting.
Back to the carbine, though. I think they were a godsend to guys like the mortarmen, because these marines had a tremendous amount of gear to lump; therefore, anything bigger than a carbine would be impractical. That’s probably the same thing with the artillerymen and the tankers. i.e. guys responsible for a lot of heavy equipment.”
Despite such criticisms, the M1 remained popular and widely used by military, LEOs and civilians alike even long after production ceased, and have recently become an extremely popular and relatively inexpensive collectible. One of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century (admittedly ranking lower than the cancellation of Hill Street Blues and the idea that Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg should have their own show with Barbara Walters) was when so many M1s were destroyed rather than going to the public via the CMP.
Anyway, we digress. Here’s what we know about the new M1 .30 Scout Carbine:
MSRP is $1,239.
It has a conical flash hider and a barrel threaded at 1/2-half-inch x 28 so the flash hider may be removed to fit a suppressor.
It features a black anodized aluminum upper handguard with Picatinny rail for mounting long eye-relief scopes as well as iron sights and a pic rail. According to Inland, the rail/handguard is “…attached to the barrel, which provides additional barrel stiffening resulting in some additional accuracy.”
American Walnut stock sprayed with a “special proprietary industrial textured polymer that gives it a tough, good-looking covert black finish.”
Acceptable magazines include 10-, 20-, and 30-round military magazines; it ships with one 15-round magazine in all states except California, where it is sold with one 10-round magazine (which is what you get for living in California or at least not voting the assholes out).
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Weight: 5.5 pounds (without bases, rings, and scope)
Barrel: 18 inches (including flash hider)
Overall length: 35.75 inches
Stock: American Walnut sprayed with proprietary industrial texturized polymer
Capacity: 15 rounds (as sold)
Accessories: One 15-round magazine
Note: When the original purchaser’s warranty coupon is received by Inland within 60 days of purchase, a military-style cloth sling will be sent to the purchaser at no charge as receipt confirmation.
Get yours here.