National Defense: Small Arm

An old weapon in a new, more deadly form will soon return to the U.S. Army: the carbine—a short barreled rifle.

The Army's new carbine will be short enough (36 in.), light enough (about 5 Ib.) to replace the famous but erratic .45 pistol as a small arm for officers and noncoms. It will also give infantrymen, paratroopers, cavalrymen, tankers, machine gunners an effective supplementary weapon. Designed for rapid fire (either semiautomatic, like the Garand rifle, or full automatic, like a machine gun), it will enormously increase the amount of lead the U.S. Army...

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