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The Versatile and Historic .30 Carbine Round: A Journey Through Time

Introduction: When it comes to iconic firearms and their accompanying ammunition, few can match the legacy and versatility of the .30 Carbine round. Developed in the early 1940s, this cartridge played a crucial role in World War II and continued to serve in various capacities throughout history. Join us as we explore the fascinating story and enduring significance of the .30 Carbine round.

  1. The Origins of the .30 Carbine Round: The .30 Carbine round was initially designed as a lightweight, high-velocity cartridge for use in the M1 Carbine, a compact and portable firearm intended for soldiers who did not require the full firepower of a standard-issue rifle. Developed by Winchester, the .30 Carbine round was introduced in 1941 and quickly gained popularity for its manageable recoil, light weight, and reliable performance.
  2. Role in World War II: During World War II, the M1 Carbine and its associated .30 Carbine round became the go-to choice for support troops, paratroopers, and other non-frontline combatants. The round’s moderate power and shorter range were ideal for urban warfare, jungle environments, and close-quarters combat. Its lightweight nature allowed soldiers to carry more ammunition without compromising maneuverability.
  3. Post-War Use and Influence: Even after the war, the .30 Carbine round continued to find utility in various roles. It remained in service with the United States military and saw action in subsequent conflicts such as the Korean War. Additionally, it became popular among civilian shooters for recreational shooting, hunting small game, and personal defense.
  4. The .30 Carbine Today: In recent years, the .30 Carbine round has maintained its relevance within the shooting community. Though no longer a standard-issue military cartridge, it is favored by firearms enthusiasts and collectors. Its historical significance, moderate recoil, and affordability have contributed to its continued popularity. Many firearms manufacturers still produce rifles chambered for this venerable cartridge, ensuring its longevity.
  5. Ballistics and Performance: The .30 Carbine round, with its .308 caliber bullet, offers good accuracy, particularly at shorter ranges. While it lacks the long-range capability of larger rifle cartridges, its terminal performance and manageable recoil make it suitable for a variety of applications. It typically fires a 110 to 120-grain bullet at velocities approaching 2,000 feet per second, providing adequate stopping power within its intended range.
  6. The Cartridge’s Legacy: The .30 Carbine round’s legacy extends beyond its military service. It has become a cultural icon, immortalized in movies, video games, and literature. Its association with World War II and the soldiers who wielded it has solidified its place in history.

Conclusion: The .30 Carbine round remains a testament to the ingenuity of its creators and the adaptability of firearms technology. Its contributions during World War II and subsequent conflicts have left an indelible mark on military history. As a versatile cartridge, it continues to captivate firearms enthusiasts and collectors alike. Whether you appreciate its historical significance or value its performance, the .30 Carbine round is an enduring symbol of a bygone era, forever etched in the annals of ammunition history.

Delivery from “The Creek”

One of the great things about the Knob creek shoot, after the amazing collections of rare and unusual military hardware, is the SHOPPING! People from all over the US bring an amazing bunch of things for the flea market area. One of my bring backs this time is a this can of M1Carbine 110grain projectiles. No, I was unable to attend, luckily I had a proxy!

30 Carbine 110 Grain
30 Carbine 110 Grain

Another item off my (to own) bucket list – The 357AMP Auto Mag Pistol

Its 1972. As if the 357Mag was not enough power, here comes the 357 automag .357AMP [9×33 mm]. Offered originally as a 2nd barrel to go with the 44AMP, they just aren’t all that common. For years I’ve wanted one, and that day has finally arrived!


357 automag ammo is made by necking down 44automag brass to a 357mag bullet, I have everything I need to make this (and I have) But I also have another collectible, orig box of 357automag SuperVel ammo.





My quest for RSO certification…

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I'm an NRA RSO!

A couple Sundays ago, I spent the day at to gain my RSO certification. This title allows me to be “the man” at the range, responsible for everything that goes on while I’m in charge. While the thought of being responsible for 40 random people shooting scares me a little, I’m sure I’ll get used to it, and with what I’ve learned in the class I have the tools I need to do it safely. It also allows me to open the range early, or keep it open later in the day. This is helpful for people that work later in the day but still like to shoot.

Ruger 10/22 mag issues

While at the range today, my 10/22 had a ton of mag issues. Seemed like there was no spring pressure left. Didn’t have a 9/64th allen with me to open them but by the time I got home they seemed better. Just in case you wondered how they are built, its pretty simple.When putting it back together, you need to tighten the cap nut at least 6 steps for it to work well.