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Paratroopers Sidekick: The M1A1 Carbine

Paratroopers Sidekick: The M1A1 Carbine



a tfbtv welcome to another episode today we're going to talk about some interesting World War two firearms namely the m1 carbine and I have a semi-automatic 1919 get out get out jumpers are wide over there where's your ammo where's your ammo 2015 ammo prices through the roof man this isn't like 1940s what's like three got six expensive Tuesday and the war's over man like six years ago really but I'll let my watch broke yeah top is the best of us no we did not just bring back a paratrooper from 1944 to 2015 you did not win his witness time travel although if you did that'd be pretty cool so today we've got Corey who is a member of a reenactor group in Kentucky in the Midwest and we're going to talk about some World War two firearms specifically I want to talk about the m1a1 carbine the m1a1 has always been a favorite of mine since I was a child watching banded brothers or Saving Private Ryan it's just the neat stock and how is only the paratroopers who had the m1a1 yes sir um so Corey can you tell us a little bit about yourself in your unit uh so we represent George company of the 505th parachute in pure Edgemont of the 82nd Airborne Division or World War 2 reenactment Society affiliated with the hrs and we do events all over the Midwest Indiana and Michigan Illinois touch and touch and we do private events we do public tacticals air shows private displays things like that pretty cool I've been seeing some of Corey stuff and some of his photos and videos they're really really authentic it's amazing how much you get to learn about World War two and some of the history that goes along with it um so Corey can you tell us about the m1a1 right here let's start from the beginning so originally the carbine was designed to replace the pistol for officers and for people carrying like the 1919 because yeah that's really really heavy trust me but paratroopers realized okay we can actually make this shorter why do we have a folding stock with it so they developed the folding stock carbine and it's about the same weight as a regular carbine but it's a lot handier when you go the door of an airplane and also just regular on the battlefield as well so was the impetus to develop a full moon stock was that just for paratroopers um just for just for jumping reasons what it was there anything else to it at all no that's pretty much it it's trust me it's a lot easier to go out the door with that nice little thing instead of a big full-size m1 or m1 carbine so here you have a this is originally started life out as something else and then it became something else talk about what you have here originally this was a full regular stock like any other carbine and I believe was made by Underwood and then I found a folding stock because I obviously do paratrooper okay so was lucky enough to find a reproduction folding stock and slap it on there okay so what are some of the differences between the if somebody wanted to recreate a m1 a1 today and they had a standard carbine that we have here as well alright what are the some of the differences that they would need to look at in order to change things some of the important things most of all is the flip sight okay you have just the 100 and 150 yard range okay what are the ranges here oh that's a hundred 100 and then 150 okay interesting the other big thing is the bolt you see how it's flat on top okay post-war carbines a lot of carvings you see they're actually rounded Holly hangers actually has a round boat as well okay going down to the bottom here okay the safety here is actually push-button okay well on a lot of rebuilt rifles they are the flip style okay gotcha and then your magazine catch one of them have an extra little arm right there that would hold the 30 round magazines ah those weren't developed during World War two well they were at the Italian but they weren't used a lot okay and then finally one of the bigger things that stands out is a lot of rebuilt carvings have a bayonet lug okay up there interesting and the Banat lug you're saying you have to cut that off you can either buy a reproduction part or what I did is save a little bit of money I just cut it off that way okay okay um and what are what are we looking at for reproduction stocks makes them what are that what's on the market today there's I think the market on curbing stocks there's not a lot of people that make them I believe Sarko sells them basically have to find them online okay I think there's a letter a couple overseas manufacturers as well but they run about 150 200 200 dollars and the going price yeah 150 to 200 okay what are if you had an original m1a1 today how much do those run several several thousand dollars because about how many were made to in World War two if I remember right is a hundred and fifty thousand only a hundred fifty thousand m1a1s so let's talk about the actual use of m1a1 by paratroopers by 82nd hundred first 17th Airborne guys in World War two what uh what can you expound upon that from what you've researched and learned about historically uh most of the time carbines of course were issued to people that had a primary job that was not just a rifleman okay there there there secondary job was to be a rifleman these people were like machine gun operators they were cooks drivers bazooka man radio men so they wanted a nice lightweight weapons to the emigrant so basically the same thing happens in the paratroopers as well you do want a nice big full-size rifle even though you're jumping in an airplane but carbine is great if you have a radio or if you have a 19-8 okay and what was the what was the do you have any accounts from vets during the war did they like it did they not like it how effective was it against the Germans or most documentation I've seen is the veterans do like the carbine they think they've called a nice handy rifle but it it was a little bit underpowered couldn't reach out and touch somebody like good with an immigrant of course okay most of the time if you were humping all this gear you know the average paratrooper weigh 250 pounds and they're carrying 70 pounds of gear they want something like what's some of the other stuff that a paratrooper would have if he had an m1a1 on his uniform that you are portraying correctly the only difference would be how you could air your inner nation okay everything else is pretty much the same okay all the other web here and you said something interesting about those pouches right there that's the history of them yeah so when the carving was developed they didn't really have specialty pouches they started developing later on so most of the time guys just put them in their pockets over the magazine the paratroopers realized hey we can put make these nice nifty big pockets that carry a lot of ammunition one of these one of these are called a river dashes I'll be made by divisional parachute repair people and this particular crash can actually hold about gain hold five magazines okay there's a lot more than the regular to Norma infantry Thank You some cash people and I noticed with the stock it doesn't lock into place and it doesn't lock out of place I think there's a lot of people who say all there they want their stocks to be locking on modern-day firearms and stuff I agree it would be nice to have a locking stock on it but you gotta remember this was probably developed in about six months time or even less so it's a very quick expedient and you know if you're that close up close you're not making these long precision shots so you want rounds on target quick as you can thanks for watching the video guys we hope you enjoyed this information video about the m1a1 carbine a very unique and iconic weapon of world war ii we'd like you to check out Ventura munitions while you're at it they are a company that sponsors us and they help us provide ammunition until next time you


Reader Comments

  1. Hope you can help. I’ve noticed the Living History Guy has replicated the gas detection paint on his left sleeve cuff, as the 82nd did for DDay. Would it be possible to get details of what paint and colours he used to do it please, as I do E co 2/505th 82nd abn in the UK and would like to do the same. Many thanks

  2. Mr Recreation guy, not a single person in WWII ever fired their M1A1 holding the magazine, period true they used standard rifle practice.

  3. As late as 1989, special Air security group police at Schipol Airport , Amsterdam in the Netherlands,were issued M-1 Carbines to a select few..and were carrying them proudly like magic wands.
    This was during the height of airplane hijackings.

  4. Ke ticky is not the mid west , it's the deep south bro u guys obviously know a lot about guns and military history but not geography lol but I still love this channel and all the hosts!!!

  5. The m1 carbine was made from a prison in America he designed a 45acp firing weapon with a big clip stupid bitch doesn’t know what’s he taking about I fucking HATE WHITE BITCHES FUCK WHITE PEOPLE I HOPE ALL WHITE PEOPLE DIE I WILL MAKE A HELICOST AND EXTERMINATE WHITE GARBAGE PEOPLE FUCK YOU WHITE PEOPLE (spit)

  6. 0:15 wanna be loser trying to act like a paratrooper he probably feels cool I’ll slap the shot outta him

  7. I'm always amazed by people who say the round is under powered. The standard loading, a 110 gr fmj at 1990 fps generates 967 ft pounds of energy at the muzzle. A .357 with the standard 158 gr bullet @ 1475 fps, generates 539 ft lbs a really smoking hot Buffalo Bullet co. 125 gr .357 @ 1700 fps, generates 802 ft lbs. When the .357 was introduced in 1934, as a publicity stunt, to prove and promote the round, Mr. DB Wesson killed most everything that walked with it including a big ole Grizzer bear.This using a 158 gr LSWC. The rifle was designed, and intended to replace a .45 ACP. it's effective to 300 yards, and yes, compared to a 150 gr. bullet @ 2800 fps, they aren't in the same league, but they were never intended to be. I've dropped deer cleanly and quickly with it out to 100 yds. As have countless others. It's just a great little rifle. A soldier in the Pacific theater in WW2 once wrote that after a battle, you would see Garands, BARs, Thompson s, lying in the sand, but when you saw a carbine, it had a G.I. attached to it. It served us through WW2, Korea, (My dad used an M2 in Korea, and sang it's praises till the day he died) and through the Viet Nam war, a favorite of Vietnamese on both sides. It serves to this day in military and police forces around the world. Jim Cirillo, of the NYPD, and the famous NYPD stake out squad, said that they found 2 weapons they could absolutely count on to drop a goblin where he stood. A 12 gauge with a slug, and an M1 carbine with 110 gr hollow points. He survived 20 gunfights that were documented, probably more. Audie Murphy, at the battle of the Colmar pocket held off a reinforced division with an M1 carbine and a Ma deuce, (with artillery support) winning himself the medal of honor. He always praised the little rifle. Etc… ad infinitum, for the role it was intended for, it is far from under powered. That having been said, it is not a criticism of your video, which I really enjoyed, and learned from thank you. I just wanted to address what I think is an all too common misunderstanding. One last note, the myth of the "impenetrable" frozen uniforms of the Chinese at the Chosin reservoir, has been dispelled many times over the years since. There are some excellent videos on you tube dispelling that old tale. They didn't kill, because they didn't hit is the proven bottom line. Probably from 1. the shooter shivering uncontrollably from the intense cold, 2. The rifles light weight, and 3. range estimation.

  8. I wish the pistol grip of the M1 carbine was shaped better. It feels like they made this grip on the fly without much though on how hands fit

  9. Funny thing is a lot of the ww2 vets I've spoke with (including 2 colonels from the 82nd) have said that they ditched the m1 carbines for m1 garands. Also they mentioned the m1 carbines they had weren't folding stock versions. Despite being in the airborne I've never met a vet who used a folder carbine.

  10. Germany: our K98K is more compact than other rifles so it's light and easy to use!
    American paratrooper passes by and drop a M1A1 Carbine
    Germany: Semi-automatic & small also very reliable? Kamaraden let's take this instead!

  11. the m1 carbine was definitely not effective against germans. French, italians, japanese, koreans, vietnamese, its fine against all of these but germany wont take much damage from that slow 30 cal bullet.

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