The M1 Carbine was one of the most revered firearms to come out of World War II. It was developed as an alternative to a pistol for troops who weren’t primarily infantry, but still had to defend themselves. The .30-caliber carbine soon proved its usefulness as a compact, lightweight, semi-auto that went on to serve in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
As one can imagine, over all that time, the M1 was produced in several variants and was used by military and police forces around the world, and has consistently been popular with civilians as a surplus gun and as a reproduction.
Inland Manufacturing, a company that makes modern M1 Carbines, has announced it will continue its series of classic WWII-er reproductions with the T30, an ode to the later-war production T3 Carbine, according to this post on guns.com. http://www.guns.com/2016/12/06/inland-debuts-t30-carbine-repro-with-new-hilux-m82-sniper-scope/
The gun, which later evolved into the M3 Carbine, was an attempted to make a more specialized version of the M1 that came with a scope instead of iron sights and included a conical flash hider.
Back in the day, Winchester and Inland made about 1,970 T3 Carbines in late 1944 and into 1945. The M3 included an early infrared sniperscope and a lamp that was used in the Okinawa campaign and later in Korea. Despite its bulkiness, the lamp and scope were effective past 100 yards.
Inland’s reproduction T30 comes with a period-correct Redfield-style scope base welded to the receiver. The base will accept 1-inch and 30mm Redfield rings. The T30 also includes a distinctive clamp-on flash hider. The wartime T3’s had their scope bases pinned and brazed to the receiver.
As an option, Inland will throw in a new Hi-Lux M82 sniper scope that the company says has better light transmission than the original 1940s optics.
The story says the Lyman 2.5 power M82 scope was used at one time or another on every WWII and Korea sniper platform.
The company says the T30 is capable of 1-2 MOA accuracy, representing a significant improvement over the typical accuracy of 3-6 MOA of wartime M1 Carbines.
So how much will all this modernized piece of history set you back? The MSRP is $1,695 with Hi-Lux and rings, and $1,279 without. A real T3 will set you back quite a bit. Most T3s were scrapped in the ‘50s with just a few popping up in auctions and on display in museums here and there.
This genuine M3, complete with infrared scope, lamp, and battery pack is expected to bring $4,500 to $6,500 by Rock Island Auctions.
If the T30 isn’t your style but you’re still interested in some updated WWII hardware, Inland makes six other versions of the M1: the M1 1944, M1 1945, M1 Jungle, M1 Scout, M1 Advisor Pistol, and the M1A1 Paratrooper with the distinctive folding wire stock. The company also makes a version of the M1911A1 pistol and a reproduction of the M37 Trench Gun.