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Denix US M1A1 Carbine Paratrooper Model Replica
M1A1 carbine replica, paratrooper model with folding buttstock, USA 1941. (World War II) with belt.
The M1 carbine (officially United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a light semi-automatic rifle. This rifle was used by the US military throughout World War II, the Korean War, and even long into the Vietnam War. The M1 carbine was distributed primarily to commanders, signallers, gunners, paratroopers, and other front-line troops. The soldiers appreciated especially the lightness, ease of use and small size of the weapon.
The M1 carbine was developed when a smaller and lighter weapon than the large and heavy M1 Garand or Thompson submachine gun was required for support troops, for whom it did not make sense to carry a large rifle with them. However the firepower, accuracy, and range was required to be better than could be achieved with pistols. Winchester developed the coveted light rifle, which was effective up to a distance of 100m, and the first weapons were brought to European war front in mid-1942.
The M1A1 carbine is functionally the same weapon as the M1 carbine, but the full-length wooden stock of the M1 carbine has been replaced by a foldable one in the M1A1 version. Thanks to the folding stock, this carbine could be placed in a carrying case / bag during the parachute jump and quickly deployed after landing. It took up very little space and was easily carried along together with radios and other accessories.
Although the M1 carbine was not designed as the actual main weapon for the infantry, the M1 carbine also ended up at the forefront as a conscious compromise. The weapon was lighter to use, the soldier was able to carry more light ammunition with him, and although the weapon's power was nowhere near a full-size rifle, it still defeated the Thompson submachine gun in penetrating power and accuracy. In the Pacific front against Japan, several battles were fought on tropical islands covered with dense jungle. The distances were often short, and in the dense vegetation a smaller weapon was easier to handle, which is why the M1 carbine was used in the “island hopping” campaign in which U.S. forces captured the Pacific Islands conquered by the Japanese back to Allied forces one at a time.
For the sake of clarity, it is good to know that the M1 carbine is not a smaller carbine version of the M1 Garand, although this could be inferred from the name. These are two completely different weapons, whose similar names are due to the naming practice of the U.S. military. The M1 carbine is the first carbine, the M2 carbine is the next version, the M3 carbine is the third, etc. The M1 Garand is the first version in the series of full size rifles.
140 000 units of the M1A1 carbine were produced during World War II. The M1 carbine originally had a 15-cartridge magazine, which is included, as is the shoulder strap.
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