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Inland Manufacturing has a very cool and fascinating pistol. It’s an M1, it’s a carbine and it’s a pistol. This Advisor is modeled after the M1 carbines used during the Vietnam war for clearing the matrix of tunnels and engaging in extreme close quarters.
Is an M1 carbine good for home defense?
The simple controls, sights, and handling characteristics of the M1 Carbine made it loved by many. There is a list of reasons the .30 Carbine might be a great home defense gun hiding in plain sight.
Is the .30 carbine a good round?
The .30 Carbine earned its place as an excellent “intermediate” cartridge.
The “Advisor,” Inland’s M1 pistol, features many of the same characteristics of their original carbines and is modeled after the modified M1 carbines that were a popular conversion made by US Military advisors during the Vietnam Era. These “Military Advisors” found that the compact and reliable M1 carbine could be made even more suitable for their specific missions by cutting the barrels down to pistol lengths and using either a cut down standard stock or the M1A1 folding stock – the folder was the stock of choice if they could get their hands on one.
The M1 Carbine was originally designed for troops that did not need a full-sized battle rifle. Rear-echelon troops, truck drivers and specialized soldiers found that the heavy and long M1 Garand was unwieldy but wanted something more than a pistol. The M1 Carbine filled the gap between the two, being much shorter and lighter than the Garand but offering far more effective range and accuracy than a .45 ACP 1911 pistol.
The Inland Advisor features a 12-inch barrel with a type two barrel band, adjustable rear sights, push-button safety, round bolt and a low-wood walnut stock modified M1A1 stock – minus the wire portion of the stock – making the Advisor a legal pistol.
There are some early war features on this gun. The stock has a straight design as opposed to the “potbelly” style found in late-war examples, and most interesting to me is the early-war push-button safety. It is not unusual to find a mix of early- and late-war features on a surplus M1 Carbine, as many were upgraded and re-manufactured after and during the war.
But the push- button safety is rare, and most rifles were armory upgraded with a lever safety. This is because the safety and magazine release are located close together, and since they were both push buttons, there was an increased likelihood for operator confusion in the heat of battle. A safety lever was deemed a better option.
This pistol includes a 15-round magazine and uses a 30-round magazine catch to allow high capacity magazines. The flash hider is conical and threaded ½ x 28 tpi allowing any accessory with he same threading. The modifications to the M1A1 stock still allows the user to reattach the wire portion of the stock, however NFA rules would then apply.