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Old 09-03-2011, 04:21 PM
BQ97 BQ97 is offline
 
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What became the M1 Carbine was born out of a requirement set forth by the Infantry Board to develop a weapon that was easier to use and provided more firepower than the current issue sidearm. It also needed to be smaller and lighter than the current issue main battle rifle. The intended recipients of the new "light rifle" were the combat soldiers whose primary role on the battle field was not as a rifleman. That would include mortar, machine gun, bazooka crews, etc. I wouldn't classify any of those as support troops. BTW I know what an M2 Carbine does on full auto as I have a couple.
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