The M1 Carbine is a smaller version of the large M1 rifle. At half the weight and with a less powerful cartridge, it was the weapon of choice for support troops, and others not primarily involved in infantry combat. The M1 Carbine was designed to meet combat needs less demanding than the M1 Rifle, but more than can be met by the M1911A1 pistol. The US government bought more than 5 million of these carbines and the US military issued them from WWII until well into the 1960s and sold and gave them all over the world. Police and prison guards used them extensively. They are especially popular in Asia and South America. The German police in Bavaria and Hessia used a modified, more accurate, custom-stocked version (Acc 12) as a short-range sharpshooter's weapon. As of 1945, a selective semi-auto/full-auto version (M2 Carbine; RoF 12*) was issued, which was later fitted with a rail to accept early infrared viewers but lacking the sights (the M3 Carbine). The M2 came with a 30-round magazine (nicknamed «banana clip») which also fits the Ml; it rapidly became the more common. Mls are easy to convert; it takes only a few drop-in parts. With the parts, it requires the help of an armourer (skill test at +2; making the parts takes 1d days and a skill test with a complete shop). Carbines are not very reliable at full auto; Malf. in auto fire is 16. Filing the sear on an M1 will allow full auto, but very unreliably (Malf is 14). (An M1 with a worn sear will sometimes burst fire unexpectedly; this can be very disconcerting to the firer.)




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