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The Most Produced Gun in WW2

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Matt presents the most produced gun during World War II, with a quick intro featuring Taylor Swift. This is, of course, the M1 carbine, chambered in 30 carbine.

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The M1 Garand was used for a long time; a big rifle, with heavy-hitting rounds. But the rifle was too heavy for the troops to carry during combat, and they needed something lighter and smaller. The other gun on the table is beefier, and is the smaller version of the M1A. He does a bit of explaining regarding the bullets and their differences.

Matt takes the M1 carbine out onto the range, saying that he has never fired this before. He fires a lot of rounds, saying that the gun doesn’t have much of a kick. These guns are supposedly long-range, deadly at as far as 300 yards. He hitches the gun onto his back and starts walking, saying how this would have been a good gun for soldiers, as it had good firepower, was easy to carry, and would have been efficient for the trenches in heavy combat.

He mentioned that the 30 carbine is similar to the 9mm, and happens to have a 9mm on him. He fires both kinds of rounds into a pond to show how much energy each one displaces. Then he takes out the 308 and fires it into the water too. At first look, the 30 carbine round appears to have made a slightly bigger splash, but the 308 definitely made the most impressive one.

Matt finds a big rock and shoots the left side with the pistol and the right side with the rifle. The pistol rounds made big dents, but the rifle rounds really chipped off some large bits off. While this rifle round may be “wimpy” by today’s standards, this was a fairly common round back in the 1940s.

There were 6.1 million M1 carbines made during WWII – Matt looked it up. The reason it was so popular was because it was cheap to manufacture, the ammo was cheap to produce as well, and factories that were not firearm manufacturers started making military supplies.

He then proceeds to find out how many ceramic tiles an M1 carbine round goes through. The answer: five.

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