Chopping the M1 Carbine to Pistol Size

The new Inland Manufacturing ADVISOR M1 handgun is being marketed by MKS Supply LLC. (Photo courtesy MKS Supply LLC)The new Inland Manufacturing ADVISOR M1 handgun is being marketed by MKS Supply LLC. (Photo courtesy MKS Supply LLC)

Firearm-supplier MKS Supply LLC is marketing a new handgun-size version of the historic .30-caliber M1 carbine.

The Inland Manufacturing ADVISOR M1 handgun is a chopped and shortened version of the company’s full-size carbine, according to a press release. The latter is identical in standard to the M1 fixed- and folding-stock firearms used in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the release states.

“The Advisor is inspired by the field-modified chopped carbines of the Vietnam War,” it states.

The new pistol features military-type sights, flash hider, and walnut stock, weighs 4.5 pounds and comes with a cloth sling and 15-round magazine (though it can accommodate both 10- and 30-round magazines). It will retail for $1,239.

Add this to the list of products we’ll be looking for at Shot Show.

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  • Mark Bigge

    This isn’t new, I had one thirty years ago-
    While it made for an interesting plinking gun, I would never want it in battle.

  • JCitizen

    I had one 30 years ago to and absolutely loved it – problem was, that it was made with cheap steel and couldn’t take M3 carbine ammo made for NATO. I’ve been skeptical every since, in buying anything like that – I’d rather make my own from an original military carbine. Or possibly just cave in and pay the ridiculous price for an M3 carbine Title II tax and all!!

  • Leon Suchorski

    Personally, I preferred the M-1 over the M-14. I found it to be more accurate, and easier to use. Although one of my buddies still managed to get a round off after he put a part in backwards upon reassembly. No harm done, And he even survived Vietnam. I went to his funeral Stateside, and after telling his family many tales of how much he was liked in our outfit, and showing them our boot camp yearbook, they were positive that I knew their klutzy Randy. I never got to use the M-16 much in Nam, so I can not really campare the two. But I DID LOVE that M-1.

  • Travis

    Something that we in the People’s Republic of California will never be able to have. D:

  • emclean

    I have one now, and was a lot less than the $1239 asking price. look up the M1 Enforcer.

  • 45k20e4

    M1 is a fun little carbine..but Inland has never made anything I was impressed with.

  • JP2267

    Really? That’s hardly pistol-length, more like what it is– a short carbine. I can’t really see the point, other than to say you have one. But to each his own, I suppose. I’ll spend my $1200 on something that would actually be useful.

    • Leon Suchorski

      I agree on that. When you cut the length down, it becomes a pistol, which is less accurate than a rifle at longer distances.

  • InD70s

    Sad, A lot of us could have a M1 carbine if our “President” hadn’t blocked the sale of surplus S.Korean rifles. Certified by the CMP
    none would go to an un-lawful owner. But no “We can’t let these fall in the hands of sport shooters or collectors.”

  • CMO

    Didn’t Patty Hearst pack one of those when she was sticking up banks with the SLA?

  • Snow

    The answer to an imaginary need

  • 1SG Anderson

    Gents, some of you are confusing the M1 carbine with the M1 Garand. The story is about a shortened M1 Carbine, not a shortened, pistol-ized Garand. But on that latter note; I totally agree -the M1 Garand was and is a fantastic, true ‘Battle Rifle’

  • LIAM

    While I like the old school version…..and it was good for its time a beeded up version is also a good idea! Just a thought!!

  • dean

    It is unlawful to cut down a M1Carbine. It is covered by the National Firearms Act of 1934.

    • Larry

      And that is why they built a pistol frame to put the action on, so they could get around the NFA. Another review I read stated that the mfr made a pistol frame to mount the action on so that it was not a cut down carbine. That was how they got around the NFA.

    • John D

      NO it isn’t if it is done and the Federal tax is paid and the weapon is reregistered as a pistol. The Universal Enforcer was an old version of this weapon.

  • left coast chuck

    I wonder if, like the British jungle carbine, it has wandering zero.

  • George Reed

    I understand the m1,carbine pistol (enforcer) was quite popular as a bodyguard / armored car gun in the ’70’s

    • walkerny

      one has a starring role in the movie Black Mass

  • walkerny

    These things were going for under $200 in the 1980’s and were an expensive old technology at that time. Why on earth are new M1 carbines so expensive.

  • Ervdrvr

    Or…if you really feel the need for a .30 cal pistol……just buy a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine. Or….you could go “old school” and get a Mauser broomhandle….with the detachable butt stock..or a Taurus Raging Thirty….or even an AMT Automag III….among others…..just sayin….

  • nkcwu

    That hardly looks like “pistol size”.

    Short barrel would be more accurate, but I’m sure they’re using the title for marketing purposes.

  • Rob

    Neat, but $1,249??? OUCH!

    • Non ya

      Im 14 and i have enough money for that i can make more money in 2 days than a doctor makes in a week with pest control