The M1 carbine served as a lighter and more compact alternative to the unrelated M1 Garand, and was typically issued to airborne infantry, vehicle crewmen, and rear line elements. It filled a role similar to today's personal defense weapons, offering greater firepower and range over standard sidearms like the M1911 or M1A1 Thompson but a larger magazine and better portability than the Garand. However, subpar firepower eventually lead to its replacement after the Korean War by the M14, though it continued to serve in some applications until the Vietnam War.
The M1A1 variant is a Paratrooper model of the M1 with a folding stock and pistol grip, and is the model of the weapon that appears in the Battlefield series.
Battlefield HardlineEditThe M1 is an all kit Carbine introduced alongside the Battlefield Hardline: Robbery expansion. Like the M1A1, which was released alongside the Criminal Activity expansion, the M1 does not require ownership of the expansion and is available to all players.
The M1 has less range than most of the other Carbines and Assault Rifles and is also only semi-automatic, but has high damage, making it a good mid-ranged weapon. Similar to the M1A1, the M1 Carbine is only able to equip weapon specific attachments and can only equip Metallic Paint. The M1 is able to equip a Stock, Stubby Grip, and Flash Hider.
Upon obtaining the first gold service star for the M1 Carbine, the "Grandpa's Automatic" achievement/trophy will be unlocked.
|Image||Name||Criteria||Achievement Points||Trophy Type|
|Grandpa's Automatic||Earn a Gold Service Star with the M1 Carbine||25G||Bronze|
— In-game description
The weapon is a four-shot kill at most ranges, but suffers at distance compared to other semi-auto rifles of its class as its damage drop off is high and bullet velocity is low. Its accuracy and hip-fire performance is on par in its category, and despite a faster fire rate, the highest of the semi-automatics, has improved control. Its middling default magazine capacity of 15+1 rounds can be upgraded with the Extended Magazine specialization, doubling it to 30+1, achieving parity with the Gewehr 1-5.