Shoot, I didn't know that that's why we call them car-beans. Thanks c3. A wealth of knowledge!!!!c3shooter said:Originally, a short barreled rifle used by Cavalry. Comes from the French Carabine, which related to mounted troops.
Which, by the way, is why it is pronounced car-bean, and not car-bine.
I once asked this question of a know-it-all at work a few years back. His reply?I never could figure out what makes a rifle a carbine rifle. Can someone explain this to me?
The M1 carbine (formally the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a lightweight, easy to use semi-automatic carbine that became a standard firearm for the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was produced in several variants. It was widely used by U.S. and foreign military, paramilitary and police forces, and has also been a popular civilian firearm.nitestalker said:The description of a carbine was a shortened version of an existing military rifle. The WWII .30 M-1 was in fact a short rifle not a Carbine. There were some shortened M-1 Garands made late in the war.
This description was also applied to civilian firearms as well. The most famous movie rifle was the Winchester Mdl. 92 Saddle Ring Carbine. This was the horse friendly version of the 92 Mdl. rifle.
I really don't knowVikingdad said:I once asked this question of a know-it-all at work a few years back. His reply?
"A carbine uses corrosive primers, a rifle uses non-corrosive primers."
I kid you not. That was his answer. I just said "Hmmm." then turned and walked away.
By the way, he was wrong.
You really don't know what? The guy was an idiot. He tried to give a plausible answer but to anyone who knows a little bit his answer was just stupid. Corrosive primers were phased out starting in the 1940's I think. You can't get them anymore. In any event, the primer, corrosive or not, is a part of the cartridge and has nothing at all to do with the firearm from which the cartridge is fired. Well, you do have to clean the hell out of firearms that have used ammo with corrosive primers because they can cause corrosion.I really don't know