M1 carb
M1 Carbine
Manufacturer: Various
Weapon Type: Carbine
Size: 35.6 in (900 mm)
Weight: 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)-5.8 lb (2.6 kg)
Fire Modes: Semi-Automatic
Ammunition: .30 Carbine
Feeding System: 15-30 Round Box Magazine
Rate of Fire: 850-900 rpm (M2/M3)
Range: 300 yd (270 m)
Affiliation(s): United States

The M1 carbine (formally the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a lightweight semi-automatic carbine that became a standard firearm in the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War, and was produced in several variants. It was widely used by U.S. and foreign military and paramilitary forces, and has also been a popular civilian firearm.

Max Brooks has controversially named the gun as one of the best anti-zombie weapons available.


The M1 Carbine is a .30 Caliber carbine, gas operated semi-automatic weapon. It will fire as fast as one can pull the trigger and has recoil low enough to stay on target. It is light in weight weighing 5.2 lbs. empty. The M1 carbine is easy to fire, requires little maintenance, and has enough power to pierce a human skull. The magazine is fairly large and extended magazines are fairly common. The M1 carbine has been banned in many places as a hunting rifle because it is underpowered.

Brooks ControversyEdit

In The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks specifically names this weapon as the best firearm against the undead, while simultaneously alleging more modern rifles such as the M16 and AK-47 are good, but inferior. Advantages over more commonly used rifles that Brooks lists are its light weight, availability, accuracy, reliability, and especially the ability for the rounds to not only travel into a human skull at medium distances, but also to lose enough velocity and force to bounce and rattle around inside the skull, causing maximum damage to the brain.

These claims have split the zombie preparation commnunity down the middle. Many gun experts say the claims are vastly inaccurate - some have said enough to call into question Brooks' role as a zombie expert. Critics maintain that the availability of the weapon is vastly overestimated because of its age and that the accuracy difference is negliable. But most central to the argument (and hotly debated) is the notion that the round is heavy and fast enough to penetrate the skull reliably at distance.


The M1 Carbine has many variants.

M1 Carbine fires a 30 Carbine cartridge and has a 10, 15 or 30 round magazine. Not much said here.

M1A1 is different from the m1 carbine because it has a folding stock and pistol grip.

The M2 carbine can be fired full auto.

The M3 Carbine is a M2 that can use an infrared scope.

M1A1 Carbine .30 CalEdit

  • Folded stock, 15 or 30 round magazine.
  • Paratrooper model.
  • about 150,000 produced.

M1A2 Carbine .30 CalEdit

  • Proposed variant with improved sight adjustable for windage and elevation.
  • Produced only as 'overstamped' model (an arsenal-refurbished m1).

M1A3 Carbine .30 CalEdit

  • Pantograph stock, 15 round magazine.
  • Type standardized to replace M1A1. Unknown if issued.
  • Pantograph stock was more rigid than M1A1's folded stock

M2 Carbine .30 CalEdit

  • Produced early 1945.
  • Selective fire (fully automatic capable.)
  • 30 round magazine preferably
  • About 600,000 produced

M2A1 Carbine .30 CalEdit

  • Arsenal-Refurbished (overstamped m2 model)

M3 Carbine .30 CalEdit

  • M2 with for early active night vision sight.
  • About 3,000 produced
  • Three versions of night sight (M1,M2,M3


  • Small and lightweight, which gives the shooter better maneuverability with it.
  • The rifle is also very accurate, either with it's iron sights or a telescopic sight.
  • It's semi-automatic so it reduces the amount of time needed to chamber another round in weapons like a bolt-action rifle. This same property also applies to reloading it's magazine.
  • The ammo for it is still made and it's used by hunters.
  • The rifle can be outfitted with pouches on it's stock to store magazines if needed.
  • Has very little recoil, which boosts the shooter's accuracy.


  • Variations like the M2 or M3 Carbines can fire full automatic, which reduces it's accuracy significantly.
  • Larger scopes may weigh down the weapon a bit. Smaller scopes are recommended.
  • Ammunition weighs more and is less available than .223/5.56x45mm

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