TheCitadel M1 Carbine

Do you remember your first ‘Black Eye’? I do. It was1971, in the middle of the desert somewhere north of Las Vegas Nevada. I raisedmy father’s M1 Carbine to my shoulder, sighted in on the cans we had set up astargets, shut my eyes and squeezed the trigger.

Thankfully my father caught me before I impacted the hardrocky ground and it took some time before I was able to laugh at the lessons Ihad learned and the bruise on my face. ‘Always pull the rifle in tight to yourshoulder and always keep your eyes open!’

His ‘Korea era’ M1 Carbine was a little more rifle than Icould handle at the time but one I would grow to love. So when I saw the Citadel M1 Carbine, areproduction in .22LR with the same overall dimensions and weight as theoriginal, I loved it!

Thisreproduced piece of history brings back memories of the greatestconflicts of the last century, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and a design stillcontinuously used in the arsenals of dozens of countries around the world. The originalwas produced for the needs of officer, tankers, artillery crews who needed heavier,more accurate firepower than the 1911 .45ACP without the bulk of the M1 Garand.Ask any veteran who used it and you’ll find love for the "United StatesCarbine, Caliber .30, M1".

Legacy Sports has produced a rifle that combines both a shooter’slove of history with a great starter rifle for kids. Easy and inexpensive toshoot. Manufactured in Italy, the Citadel M1 Carbine

includes a blow-back action, an 18″-long, 1:16″ twist barrel,fixed front sight and adjustable rear sight. A 10-round magazine is includedand I am hoping to see a larger capacity after market magazine out soon. Woodor synthetic stock, expect that this will be a popular item on everyone’sChristmas list!

One final note from the Legacy Sports website. Look for CMP M1Carbine Matches as part of the CMP Games program. Currently these contestsinclude the Garand, Springfield and other vintage military rifles. Shooterscompete with 1950s, “As-issued”, U. S. Military M1 Carbines over a 45-shotcourse at distances up to 100 yards. I’d call that a ‘good time’!

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