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Effectively a short-barrel M1 Paratrooper Carbine without the shoulder stock — but capable of accepting the shoulder stock for those who want to SBR it — Inland Manufacturing‘s Advisor M1 Pistol is otherwise historically faithful to the original. Well, mostly . . .


That rocket engine nacelle-shaped muzzle device ain’t really traditional, but it does tame the blast of .30 Carbine on the short, 12-inch barrel. Even better, it’s threaded onto 1/2×28 muzzle threads, which means you can slap on your favorite .30 caliber suppressor. I believe some of Inland’s new carbine models are going to be offered with threaded muzzles as well.


It’s American Walnut and parkerized steel. Fit and finish are very nice, and the gun shot smoothly and softly. Like a CZ Scorpion Evo or SIG MPX pistol, it’s unwieldy and awkward in pistol form. But, like the CZ and SIG, a lot of owners will look to it for an SBR project.


It’s a light little gun at 4 lbs, 12 oz including empty magazine and sling. It comes with a 15-round mag (and the sling), but 30-rounders are available as well. MSRP is $1,239. Overall, it was really enjoyable to shoot and it’s as smooth as you’d hope from a modern-manufactured firearm made in the U.S. to [mostly] historically-accurate specifications.

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  1. M1 carbines are a ton of fun. This would make a really nifty (and classy) SBR. The price is a little steep for the sensible among us. You can get the Zastava NPAP pistol for about $500.

    • It’s not really out of line if it’s well made. Original M1 Carbines hover north of the $1300 mark on the CMP auction site.

  2. I seem to recall, pre 68, maybe, something along these lines. I believe it was called the “enforcer” or some such.

    And a 20 ga double barrlled pistol billed as a car gun.

    • I remember the enforcer guns. They were one of the commercial M1s from either Universal or Plainfield. Sears and maybe Montgomery Ward carried them as part of their token inventory up to the late 70’s and early 80’s if my memory is correct.

      • Yeah it’s one of those crappy,terriable death trap Universals. Send them ALL to me and I will dispose of them properly. 🙂

    • The 20 gauge is an Ithaca Auto&Burglar. Production ceased with the introduction of the nfa in 1934. It’s on my gun bucket list.

  3. Early in my LEO career I had an “Enforcer” which was quite similar. Had an occasion to fire it inside a building one time which was a huge mistake that resulted in me getting rid of it quickly. The ensuing muzzle flash was totally blinding and the concussion from the muzzle blast was like a flash bang going off three feet in front of me.

    On a positive note, the two burglars quickly surrendered and they appeared to be as stunned as I was.

    • Yeah, Ruger made a blackhawk varient chambered in the .30 carbine. The blast off that thing would restyle your hair with every shot.

      • I have the Ruger in 30. It’s noisy and flashy but it’s more bark than actual bite out of that relatively short barrel.

      • Oh, you could use modern ammo to make it more effective. Though it’s all around a dollar a shot and the shirt barrel might lower velocity too much to be truly effective. There are cheaper and much more effective guns to trust your life to out there. I think it would make a really fun plinking gun as a SBR, just not a good HD gun.

        • I’ve got a full size M1 carbine as part of my home defense kit. Have a 25 round magazine loaded with Hornady Critical Defense. With the right bullets, it’s a viable HD weapon. 110 gr expanding hollow point at 2,000 fps. That’s near enough to .357 magnum power (from a handgun) in a much more user-friendly package. Of course, I’ve also got a .357 magnum rifle (Marlin 1984) for HD. I admit I have an unnatural love for pistol-caliber carbines. Bedroom gun. Upstairs office gun. Garage gun.

          In case of a home invasion, I’m going for style points.

          Would never own an M1 SBR, though, because I stood next to a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine with a 6.5″ barrel and the blast and fireball from that was ridiculous.

        • 505markf,

          “In case of a home invasion, I’m going for style points.”

          Thank you for my morning laugh … am still laughing as I type this response!

        • I always thought an m-1 carbine re-tooled for .357/.38spc would be interesting. I wonder how the action would hold up?

  4. The are also turning new Ithaca model 37s into trench guns. They unfortunately cost $1200 dollars. You can buold one yourself for about $900, but good luck finding a 5 shot, wooden furniture Ithaca. I’ve never seen one in person and they seem to not exist online.

    My original Inland carbine’s stock looks pretty crappy. Someone tried to refinish it and did a terrible job. The even filled in the rivet holes on the upper handguard. These new Inland stocks look really nice. I wonder if they sell them seperately?

    • I did some searching and see Numrich has new stocks. They are the same Boyds stock the CMP sells and I have a hunch that Inland is also using the Boyds stock. Looks like I’ll have to snag one of these for my carbine.

    • Meh. If they were cutting up vintage M1’s with some history behind them, I’d agree with you. This is just an ugly new gun.

      But put a carbine stock and a suppressor on there, and dammit, that might just be cool enough to push me over the edge into my first dip in the murky waters of the NFA… I wonder if the sights are tall enough to clear a can.

    • It’s based off modified M1 carbines US advisors carried in Vietnam. It has some real history to it, though those spooks had folding wire stocks attached. A pretty slick jungle carbine to carry everywhere if you didn’t anticipate using it much. And something small so as not to display blatant armed presence.

    • Finding a holster may be tricky. I have a drop leg holster for the Rossi Ranch hand that might work so who knows…lol.

  5. It’s cool in a retro/steampunk way. And I like walnut(had many pieces of walnut furniture as an antique dealer for many years). A ‘”man’s” wood. But 1239bucks? Yikes!

  6. It was a stupid idea as the enforcer and it’s still stupid. Grip angle by Lego, ejection pattern likely to be perfect for getting brass down the back of your shirt, balanced like a broom and has all kinds of stuff going on and protrusions. It’s exactly the resurrection of an oddity. I’m glad they resurrected it because the market certainly needs all the little niches filled, even the really stupid ones. Even if it is stupid, I’d still be happy to put one in the safe for about half the munneez they’re asking.

  7. I’ve been considering one of their full stocked 1944 models, since it may be impossible to by any M1 (Carbine or Garand) after the first of the year, if the California Legislature gets its way.

  8. I carried one of the M2 Advisers in Vietnam and loved it. I hope to be able to get one of these for my den. Great HD and Clone of my ‘Nam gun.

  9. OK, so what if I told you I just picked one up, new in box, for $500? Now, is it OK?

    The stock is pretty thick; much broader than a Bianchi stock from the 1960’s.

    Modern ammo ain’t ball ammo from the 1940s. Hell, Cor-bon made 30 carbine until a couple of years ago.
    The Buffalo bore stuff is hotter, up to 2100 FPS.


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