Auto-Ordnance Releasing ‘Airborn,’ ‘Vengence’ Commemorative M1 Carbines

The “Airborne” is a laser-engraved tribute to the paratroopers of World War II. (Photo: A.O.)

Auto Ordnance is expanding their line of American military replicas with their newest “Airborne” and “Vengence M1 Carbines. These commemorative rifles feature detailed World War II-inspired engravings.

“Kahr Firearms Group and Outlaw Ordnance worked closely together on the ‘Airborne’ M1 Carbine and other custom projects,” said Auto Ordnance in the announcement. “Outlaw Ordnance, based out of West Monroe, Louisiana, is a growing firm, changing the firearm industry with custom designs and innovations.”

All of the embellishing is laser-engraved to ensure top quality across the production run. The forend showcases a battle-worn American flag with “WWII” carved beside it. The left side of the stock carries the image of St. Micheal, asking him to “Pray for us.”

On the right, on the pistol grip, is a C-47 with paratroopers streaming out of it and one safe on the ground. The stock is true to the designs used during World War II, making this collectible and shootable at the same time.

The Airborne retails for $1,518. 

The Airborne has an 18-inch barrel with a flip-up rear sight and front blade sight. All of the wood parts are walnut and the steel components have a parkerized finish. Each gun ships with one compact 15-round magazine.

Like the originals, these are chambered for .30 Carbine and they accept standard M1 magazines including 30-rounders. The suggested retail price is $1,518 but in-store prices are typically less.

The “Vengence” pays tribute to those who served at Pearl Harbor. (Photo: A.O.)

Another laser-engraved option is the “Vengence” carbine. The Vengence is a World War II commemorative M1 with a fixed stock. It too features the American flag and WWII engraving without the image and words for St. Micheal.

The stock depicts the B-29 Enola Gay Superfortress and a battle scene in remembrance of Pearl Harbor.

The Vengence carbine runs a little less at $1,391. It too has an 18-inch barrel and comes with one 15-round magazine.

See Also: The M1 Carbine and the Story of War Hero Jack Lucas

Of course, if you’d rather not have an engraved model but still would like a new-production M1 Carbine to knock around, or maybe even personally engrave, Auto-Ordnance makes those too. Auto-Ordnance makes standard M1 Carbines and Paratrooper replicas starting at $1,036. They also have compliant models for restricted markets.

The M1 Carbine in all of its forms is still an effective and fun rifle. Combined with modern ammo it’s a handy, lightweight gun for small game hunting, plinking and self-defense.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Halcher November 25, 2018, 1:30 pm

    Looking forward to seeing one in person before I buy it.

  • JT November 24, 2018, 11:04 am

    In an otherwise interesting article, you misspelled the word \”Airborne\” in the title and the word \”St. Michael\” in the body. Its not \”Airborn,\” it\’s \”Airborne,\” as you correctly wrote in the body of the article. And its not \”St. Micheal,\” as was in the body of the article, but rather \”St. Michael,\” who is the patron Saint of paratroopers.BTW, I\’ve owned an Auto-Ordnance .30 cal M1 carbine for a decade and its a great little gun. Its light, short, very handy and fast on target and between targets. It has never failed to function, and with the correct ammo, well made reliable magazines, and some common sense about its range limitations, it can be used successfully on deer.

  • Dave November 24, 2018, 10:48 am

    1st gun I bought was a German Erma .22 M1 I’ve owned 5 .30 carbines because I love them
    I’d love to see one in 5.7 because I could it as a varminter super fun and great compact Jeep gun

  • Mike in a Truck November 23, 2018, 10:17 am

    Back in ’76, with a reenlistment bonus I bought 2 guns.A Universal carbine and a Mini 14.Nothing but problems with the carbine.Sold it off.But I miss the caliber.With hollowpoint/softpoint handloads it makes a great small game cartridge.Its also an underrated self defense round.A buddy of mine took a nice buck with his Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine.He also used it for protection in brown bear country.Told him it was too light but he never got ett’ by a bear so maybe it worked out.

  • Dbboone November 23, 2018, 8:56 am

    I owned an Auto Ordnance M1 carbine. Once. It was short chambered from the factory. I sure hope they have worked out there QC issues for others, because I will never buy from them again.

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