Originally Posted by Johnny357
What is the difference between a "carbine" and a "battle carbine"? A pistol round versus a light rifle round? Thanks in advance, a quick Google did not provide the answer for me.
Just remember, you asked.
Let me start by saying I don't think there are any actual rules on any of this?
I consider an assault rifle to be a battle carbine, but any carbine issued to solders or marines for battle is a battle carbine. An M1 Carbine is a battle carbine. I also consider an M4 and AK 47 to be battle carbines.
Just a plain "carbine" is any carbine but I'm thinking mainly of hunting rifles. I personally consider all early Winchesters lever actions to be carbines despite many having long barrels because they fired small cartridges? But that is just my opinion.
The Winchester 100 was offered in a carbine model and it came in .308? So any down sized rifle could be considered a carbine.
The M4 is a downsized M16 so it's a carbine, but I also personally consider the M16 a carbine. It's smaller than a battle rifle (M14, M1 Garand, and so on) in both size and ammo so for me that makes it a carbine, and also a battle carbine because it is issued to solders and marines for battle. Light rifle is probably a much better description of the M16 and AK47, but I still consider both to be carbines. Besides, what exactly is a light rifle now with the advent of the .50 Barrett?
I'm not sure where exactly the line is drawn? Is a full size Winchester model 94 in 30/30 a rifle or a carbine? I personally draw the line there with the Model 94 in 30/30, but I'm still not sure which side of the line it falls on?
At least that's my .02