“The carbine turned out to be the ace weapon of this war … It was light and handy, powerful, and reasonably accurate … The cartridge was powerful enough to penetrate several thicknesses of helmet and to perforate the plates of the Japanese bullet proof vests … It was flat shooting enough to have practical accuracy at more than 200 yards … The greatest advantage of the carbine was its light weight, which is the greatest advantage any infantry weapon can have.”–Shots Fired in Anger by Merrill Marauder veteran, Lt. Col. John George.
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|Part and Accessories||Ammo||Rifle Sales||Collector Grade Rifle Sales||Service|
|Weight||5.2 lb (2.4 kg) empty|
|Length||35.6 in (900 mm)|
|Barrel length||18 in (460 mm)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||Semi-automatic (M1/A1)
850–900 rounds/min (M2/M3)
|Muzzle velocity||1,990 ft/s (607 m/s)|
|Feed system||15 or 30-round detachable box magazine|
|Sights||Aperture L-type flip or adjustable rear sights, barleycorn-type front sight|
 Reference article
More about the M1 Carbine, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine