(Editor’s note: This article was a submission from freelance writer Max Slowik)
The new Inland is announcing a pistol model of their American-made, new-production M1 Carbine. Called the “Advisor,” the pistol is based on a style of chopped M1 and M2 Carbines that were spotted throughout the Vietnam War.
There was never an Advisor standard, but two elements stand out. Barrels were cut down, with just a bit of muzzle left poking out of the handguard, and the often the stocks were shortened, shaped into bird’s head grips or replaced with vertical pistol grips.
Inland took a look at these field-modified carbines as well as various commercial Advisors that followed in the post-war period and decided to build a new model as if they were actually building them for military use with proper sights, furniture and a conical flash hider.
Field-modified Advisors often lost their front sights in the conversion process. That was clearly not a concern for guys shooting down tunnels, but Inland went ahead and left enough barrel to mount a standard M1 front sight on to, which most shooters today will appreciate.
- Caliber: .30 Carbine
- Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Barrel: 12 inches (including flash hider)
- Overall length: 21 inches
- Stock: American Walnut
- Capacity: 15 rounds (as sold)
- Accessories: Military-style sling and one 15-round magazine
- MSRP: $1,239
The American walnut furniture is basically a Paratrooper stock minus the side-folder. A wire stock can be added to the pistol to build a short-barreled rifle–all NFA and local laws apply, naturally, but this thing is begging to get the SBR treatment.
Inland lists the Advisor as having a 12-inch barrel, but that includes the flash hider. When building an SBR the flash hider is not included in the rifle’s barrel length and it will have to be measured without it. The conical flash hider is detachable and mounts on 1/2-28 threads.
A standard threaded muzzle is a great feature for anyone looking to upgrade to a more modern flash hider or brake, but the real gem is that it makes the Inland Advisor suppressor-ready.
And why wouldn’t you want to put a can on this thing? The Advisor is good to go for a pair of stamps–and because it’s not an original M1, a piece of history, there’s nothing wrong with a little anachronistic tweaking.
As a gun for self-defense, it’s not bad, either. It ships with a 15-round stick magazine and 10- and 30-round magazines are easy to find locally and online. Like its military counterpart, it’s chambered for .30 Carbine, which has long proven its worth as an effective cartridge. At 4.5 pounds it’s light enough to handle quickly, and with an overall length of 21 inches it’s long enough to shoot with precision.
If there’s one catch it’s that the Advisor priced on the high side. With a $1,239 MSRP, and a real-world price probably closer to $1,000, it’s more expensive than most including some originals and other reproductions.
But it would be just as, if not more expensive, to take a repro and build it into an SBR with all the features that the Inland Advisor has, and that makes it stand out. Even as a pistol it’s pretty neat.
The Advisor pistol is scheduled to hit the market in March of 2016. Inland currently offers a standard M1 Carbine and a Paratrooper version, along with their reproduction 1911 A1.