The M-1 Carbine as a Home Defense weapon.

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    Seems like I saw a hp round for it somewhere? Still kicking myself for not getting one back when they were all over the place for under $100. IMO you're well protected.

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    Magtech makes a SP (soft point) for it. Sportsmans Guide has it. And Georgia Arms also has the Soft Point in bulk. "NEW Canned Heat" .30 CARBINE 110gr Soft Point 500pk - G30BCAN-500

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    I'd think an M-1 Carbine could be used with great effect as an HD weapon, especially for the recoil-sensitive, inexperienced or small in stature.

    I had one once and LOVED it. I wished I'd had it when I shot a couple of rottenweilers that were eating my daughter's cat about 12 years ago. I sold it to buy a coat (hey, we've all had hard times, haven't we? I'm hoping mine are long behind me- - I've still got the coat, btw, a Filson double mack).

    Darned easy shoot, points naturally, reliable, less of an overpenetration/go-a zillion-miles-on-a-miss risk than a lot of long guns.

    Loaded with HP, what else could you ask for?
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    Good choice. I have shoot one and was very impressed by it. My normal gun is an MP5, so I think I know a good handling gun when I shoot one. The M1 Carbine is actually still in use by one Police Department that I know of. Wish I had one. I think it would handle well in CQB/HD.

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    I sold an extra stock I had last fall to a guy who was a Prison Guns Armorer out west somewhere ( I cannot recall where at the moment) and his unit was still using them there as guard weapons. He was restocking one with a broken stock at the time.

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    It's a GREAT varmit rifle! I have murdered many a varmit with it..will never get rid of it..very handy indeed!
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    I hear Corbon DPX is very effective in an M1 Carbine.

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    I'm going to get a couple of boxes of DPX, I'll zero with 5 rounds and then put 15 in a mag.

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    Either the Winchester 110gr or Remington 110 gr soft round noses would work great for home defense. 110gr expanding bullet @ 1900/2000 fps. Light short carbine low sound signature and low recoil. Whats not to like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdoctor View Post
    I have wanted one on and off for a while...almost bought one when they released a bunch last year to various stores...but never could find any that I thought was in good shape....
    need to keep looking.
    I passed one up last year I found on GunBroker. Turns out the guy lived two miles away! No FFL, no shipping. Had a tiger stripe natural stock. It was a steal. No really, it was. I've been kicking myself ever since.
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    Ive had one for longer than I can remember.
    It has a stock that I know nothing about.
    Ifanyone has any info. hit me up. thanx.
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    The M1 carbine has never been known for its accuracy or stopping power. There are much better choices out there.

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    Fine rifle.
    Sorry but, I still think nothing beats a short riot barreled 12 pump shotgun for home defense though.
    That shotgun will always be my #1 choice for a HD firearm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Bouquett View Post
    The M1 carbine has never been known for its accuracy or stopping power. There are much better choices out there.
    As far as accuracy goes, I can shoot the bullseye out of a target at 50 yards with one, and I'm no great shot with iron sights. At HD distance, it is plenty accurate. As for stopping power, not as good as a full power rifle, but with non-FMJ it is much better than almost any pistol. Shotguns are better at stopping, but if you miss the recovery time is a lot higher than the carbine. As far as that goes, you can get more aimed fire faster with the carbine than a larger caliber rifle or a large caliber pistol.
    But to each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Bouquett View Post
    The M1 carbine has never been known for its accuracy or stopping power. There are much better choices out there.
    the .30 cal carbine round has approx the same energy as a .357. the problem is the same as .223 ball ammo lacks good energy transfer. using hollowpoints you will have decent stopping power. beyond that quick and accurate shot placement are your best freinds as always.
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