A Bit of History

The Inland Mfg. Advisor is a .30-caliber pistol that is a legal chopped-and-shortened version of the classic carbine.

The Inland Mfg. Advisor is a .30-caliber pistol that is a legal chopped-and-shortened version of the classic M1 Carbine.

The M1 Carbine was developed as an alternative to the traditional sidearm during World War II, and it has remained a popular and sought-after firearm with shooting collectors and enthusiasts. The carbine was also used long after the war, including in a unique role in Vietnam, where field-modified versions were chopped down by U.S. advisors, Special Forces, and most notably the tunnel rats. This group opted for a compact version, as even full-length carbines still proved to be too long in such close quarters.

Originals of these cut-down versions are almost unheard of today, but now collectors can get their hands on a modern version that is as close to the original as possible. Inland Manufacturing, which picked up the mantle of the original Inland Company, offered a modern take on the M1 Carbine last year, and now for 2016, the company has introduced the Advisor (SRP: $1,238), a .30-caliber pistol that is a legal chopped-and-shortened version of the classic carbine.

The Advisor is a compact 21 inches overall and features military-type sights and a low-wood walnut stock. The 12-inch barrel is topped off with a military-style flash hider. The barrel thread is ½ x 28, allowing it to be used with a properly registered aftermarket sound suppressor.

Again, the key was not to create a fantasy piece but to produce replicas that are as close as possible to those original M1 Carbines that were cut down for specific jobs in country.

“The Advisor is a historically accurate firearm,” says Charles Brown, president of MKS Supply LLC, which is marketing the firearm. “It is like holding history in your hands.” This slimmed-down version, which weighs 4.5 pounds, is thus officially a pistol. It comes with a military-style cloth sling and one 15-round magazine. It can also accommodate original M1 Carbine 10- and 30-round military magazines.(mkssupply.com)