Citadel M1 Carbine in 9mm: Do We Finally Have a Release Date?—SHOT Show 2014

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Citadel 006We’re fans of a good pistol caliber carbine. Every year we see more options for those who want a gun that offers increased accuracy and better ergonomics. Yet it is hard to beat some of the old-fashioned workhorses of the past. The M1 Carbine, with its rich pugilistic lineage, can be a serious tool for home protection, and a fun gun too. But .30 carbine isn’t easy to find these days, and it isn’t as cheap as it should be, either. 9mm, on the other hand, is back on the shelves just about everywhere. Why not chamber an M1 in 9mm? Citadel has done just that.

They had the 9mm M1 carbine at SHOT Show last year, but it has yet to make it to the market. According to the representatives at the show booth, the wait is almost over. They say to expect the rifle in March or April. The Citadel uses Berretta’s 92 style magazines. It will have an 18 inch barrel and will come with either a synthetic or wood stock. The MSRPs will be $539 and $642 respectively. This little 5 lb. 8 oz. carbine has the potential to be a lot of fun and easier on the wallet than .30 carbine.




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  • Dave April 15, 2018, 8:52 pm

    I would like to see the carbine in the 5.7mm. I measured it and I think it would work. What a hot little jeep/truck gun.

  • Gerald July 28, 2015, 6:10 pm

    Seems to me this has been done already. Someone already had an M1 Carbine
    available in 9mm with a Choate pistol grip stock on it years ago. Universal maybe?

    • ejharb April 11, 2018, 6:49 pm

      Marlin camp carbine was the only one that I know of that Choate made stocks for.

  • Joseph Lewis May 11, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Took a look at 22 cal. carbine at the gun store today. A plastic bayonet lug,please!! I wonder if sarco’s replacement m-1 carbine which is metal would fit on this barrel? Any thoughts on this guys.

  • gruffmcgruff March 24, 2014, 7:54 am

    Any word on whether they actually listed to their customers and upgraded the shitty plastic sights and bayonet lug to quality metal?

    • Grendl September 23, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Nope, I held one today. Still crappy plastic 🙁 Camp Carbine or TNW’s Aero Survival Carbine for me.

      • Randy February 2, 2018, 9:34 am

        Dont like the Ruger?

  • BRIAN FARRELL March 17, 2014, 2:16 pm

    going to order one today i bought a james river armory M1 in 30 carbine and it is a great little weapon.

    i have some left over m9 mags from the army and this will work great.

  • BillyDAgs February 17, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Well, let`s see. Originally Citadel made it in .22 and now plan to bring it up a single notch, to only 9mm? They should have brought it up to 40 S&W. C`mon.

  • Kevin February 5, 2014, 3:21 am

    With only a zillion Glock magazines in circulation, what ever possessed them to use Berretta 92 style magazines? I know the military uses them but this will be marketed to the civilian population. Just wondering…

  • B. Keith Berlack January 20, 2014, 10:23 pm

    As had been said, I too had the pleasure of owning a VERY NICE INLAND DIV. ,but I was made an offer I could’nt refuse I I took the money and bough a Beretta CX4 Storm, in 9mm. There is everything from a15 to a 32 round avalible and the accuracy is great. The weapon looks great and comes in .40s&w,and .45acp, also! This weapon that wantsto take a beautiful little M1 Carb, and disfigure its classic lines by sticking a pistols mag in it and distroying the beautifully classic lines of such a beloved little weapon. Make a mag that looks correct and you might have a winner!

  • B. Keith Berlack January 20, 2014, 8:14 pm

    I had an Inland Div. M1 carb in the best shape I ever saw. I sold it for $2,000.00, and was well pleased! Loved it but I took the money and rand to the gun shop and bough a Beretta CX4 Storn, in 9mm and never looked back! It is superbly accurate and has mags from Beretta that are 15, 20 and even some 32 rounders! It can eject to right or left and has rails to connect lights , fore grips etc. and they cost under 1,000.00…A very good looking weapon and it comes in .40s&w, and .45acp, also!

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  • dannis peavy January 17, 2014, 9:51 am

    I had the PC9 for a while- great little shooter. Ruger’s problem was that it was a one of a kind design. If it could have used mini14 or 1022 accessories they might still be in production.

  • John P. January 16, 2014, 9:16 pm

    Corey, mentioned the Ruger carbines, and I saw them at the 2004 NRA convention in Pittsburgh. I liked them but I figured I would wait for the .45 auto, which I thought for sure they would produce next. It didn’t happen and they dropped the 9mm and .40 S&W versions to boot. I think they missed a chance to sell a lot of their carbines, IF they would have produced them in .45 auto. I made this suggestion to Ruger but I guess they didn’t hear it often enough. Am I the only one that thinks a .45 auto version would have sold well? Maybe its something they could be talked into doing now?

  • Jason L. January 16, 2014, 7:31 pm

    I think a gun like this will be a big hit with the prepper crowd. Before they became too expensive the Berretta CX4 storm was on my wish list. I shot one every week at the range and I had a slug of 92 mags. If Citadel can offer quality at this price point I will have to put one on my wish list. It is cheaper then an AR conversion kit but I might wait a year to see if any big problems are reported.

  • Don Price January 16, 2014, 4:31 pm

    Too cool! Now, if they would make it an option to either use the Beretta mags, or XD’s or Glock’s, then you’d really have a great thing. Oooooh, and how about offering it in .40 S&W AND 10mm!!!!
    I hope these sell like maple-syrup drenched hotcakes!!!!

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    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
    and He shall direct thy paths.

    • shane February 13, 2014, 6:51 pm

      I agree,10mm using Glock magazines would have been perfect for this. How come nobody makes a 10mm carbine?

      • Administrator February 13, 2014, 8:04 pm

        Because it was a dead caliber that has had some recent popularity.

        • norm meyer August 17, 2015, 10:51 am

          years ago late 1985 or so at newburg new york gun shoow there was a older gentleman who was selling converted m-1 carbine in 10 m/m ,was around for few years never heard anything bad about his work .about the time the blues sky korean carbines show up on market and i had a few thought it was time to let him convert one over.but never heard of him again a shame lost chance at good idea ,

  • John Behre January 16, 2014, 4:04 pm

    How about if they were made New Jersey compliant, no bayonet lugs. flash hiders, or muzzle brakes or 15 round mags only. They would sell here.

    • CClark March 6, 2014, 10:49 pm

      Or you could remove the communists you have running your state and just get real guns like the rest of us.

    • Andy February 16, 2015, 10:55 am

      actually because they have no other “evil” feature it would actually be allowed to have a Bayonet lug OR a flash hider, one of the other. you could have a muzzle brake on the weapon though. Muzzle brakes and Compensators are NOT illegal in NJ

  • John Van Note January 16, 2014, 3:25 pm

    The M-1 in 9mm and/or 45 will be welcomed to all who have this caliber weapon so it will be more efficient in the purchasing of ammo. To me that makes a big deal because it will save money.

  • Billy January 16, 2014, 3:17 pm

    I have a WWII era M-1 Carbine (.30 Cal) and it is the best general purpose rifle I have ever had. I am a gun enthusiest and have many types of guns and I can say without a doubt, this M-1 Carbine in 30 Cal is as good as any I have which consists of makers; Springfield Armory, S&W, Ruger, Remmington, Mossberg, Wilson Combat and more.
    Considering this M-1 is as old as it is and used the available technology of the time, it is as accurate and reliable as any. I love this little rifle.

  • pat January 16, 2014, 2:42 pm

    let me know when the carbine will be available…n.w. ohio

  • pat January 16, 2014, 2:42 pm

    let me know when the carbine will be available…n.w. ohio

  • Corey January 16, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Did Ruger already do this, PC9/40??? Never sold well, but it’s a nice carbine…

  • Keith January 16, 2014, 2:19 pm

    I agree, the 92 magazine does not seem to be at a good angle to me. At that angle the round would seem to be pointing up at a 20 to 30 degree angle. Doesn’t seem conducive to reliable feeding.

  • Mark N. January 16, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Citaldel’s M1s have a terrible reputation for fit, finish and reliability, and are often found on sales sites such as this one for far below MSRP. Will this be any different? Past history suggests that it won’t. And that 9mm magazine looks absolutely terrible.

    • Larry February 6, 2015, 8:32 am

      Citadel hah a problem with the 22lr version when it first came out. The suddenly disapeared from the market place for almost a year and than reapeared. Since then, I bought 2 of them – 1 wood stock, 1 black stock. My daughter & I have taken them to the range quite a few times. No problem and fun to shoot. I don’t like the mags but they have not been a problem.

  • Jimspd9 January 16, 2014, 11:41 am

    We can thank our Imperial President in the White House for the shortage of affordable M-1 carbines in America. Obama’s ban on allowing surplus WW 2/Korean War era weapons to be reintroduced here has driven the price of existing M-1 carbines to more than $1000 for a workable weapon. Obama along with his cool aid sippers won’t be satisfied until only the government has guns.
    The movie scenario of this concept was called SHINDELER’S LIST.
    Active collectors and home defense consumers find these little rifles very desirable.
    I hope the 9mm version is a great success.

    • JollyStomperUSA January 28, 2014, 9:08 pm

      Oh, you must be speaking about that worthless dog posing as our President. He is no idiot which strongly tantalizes the possibility he is masterfully imposing a death sentence on the U.S. Change? Yeah, for worse.

  • John January 16, 2014, 11:39 am

    Will they have a model chambered in .45cal?
    I imagine that would sell well.

    • Matt September 14, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Why wouldn’t they use the Glock mag. they would sale a ton of these even if they are junk?

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