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What's the best .45 carbine?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by firearms_instructor, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. firearms_instructor

    firearms_instructor New Member

    Please post your nominations for the best .45 carbine. Inquiring minds want to know!
  2. AK103K

    AK103K Active Member

    I like my little Winchester Trapper in .45
  3. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    45 ACP OR COLT

    ACP is either the Marlin camp carbine or a HK UMP.

    Colt I would go with a Marlin 1894 non cowboy model.
  4. 355sigfan

    355sigfan member

    I vote for the Marlin Guide gun in 45-70. Or the Winchester in 45 colt for cowboy action shooting. I have no use for pistol caliber carbines. So for me your question is like saying which piece of garbage is the best.
  5. MarineTech

    MarineTech New Member

  6. mainmech48

    mainmech48 New Member

    Many, many years ago someone (H&R?) was making and selling semi-auto Reising carbines in .45 ACP. If I ever run across one in any kind of decent shape again, it's going home with me.

    The only gripes I have with the late, lamented Marlin Camp Carbines are the lack of a double-stack option in the .45s and the too-soft recoil spring. The bolt on the one that I shot sure 'whacked' the receiver a good one with every shot. That's the major reason I never bought one, personally.

    Given the option to use Witness, Glock, or Para double stack mags and a stronger aftermarket recoil spring, I'd go look for one. If there was one that'd use Thompson or M-3 mags - Boy Howdy!!
  7. nipprdog

    nipprdog Active Member

    don't have a link, but there is a company that markets an FAL rifle that takes grease gun mags, FYI.
  8. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Active Member

    My favorite gun shop had one of these a year or so ago. Asking price was $1800.

    Easy fix for the recoil spring: Get a stronger one from Wolff. I installed a Wolff 16 lb. spring in my Camp 45 and it runs great. It would be cool if I could use Grease Gun or Thompson mags, but the Chip McCormick 10 rounders I have work well.
  9. Domino

    Domino New Member

    I like my Navy Arms (Rossi) lever action in .45 colt. There's not a lot of .45 ACP options if that's what your refering to, my list of known ones go as followed....

    1.) Marlin Camp .45
    2.) Valkyrie Arms DeLisle
    3.) Feather USA Rav .45
    4.)Auto Ordinance (Kahr) Thompson
    5.) Beretta CX4 Storm
    6.) Mech Tech conversion for glocks and 1911's

    hmmm... that's it I think. Never shot a single one of em :) but I hope this helps.
  10. ddc

    ddc Member

  11. cane

    cane New Member

    mech; There was a person, in Ohio, I believe that would convert Marlin Camp Carbines to take other magazines. I had a 9mm converted to Beretta mags, and a .45 to take S&W's (carried a 4506 as a duty gun) couldn't find his name but will keep looking.
  12. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine New Member


    Many, many years ago someone (H&R?) was making and selling semi-auto Reising carbines in .45 ACP. If I ever run across one in any kind of decent shape again, it's going home with me.
    We had a Reising auto at a little get together.
    It was a "civilian" full auto that the owner had bought new MANY years ago.
    All day the darned thing never emptied a magazine without jamming .


    My Marlin 45 is OK but I favor this one.:)

  13. Bwana John

    Bwana John New Member

    Reisling .45 SMG!
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  14. goon

    goon New Member

    FYI - I think that there was a semi auto carbine version of the Reising made around the same time that the Reising SMGs were being made and issued.
  15. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher New Member

    Probably will be the Beretta Storm, when they come out in .45 ACP
  16. Number 6

    Number 6 New Member

    Yes, you are right. It was the Reising Model 60. It was primarily meant for police use and was almost the same as the Reising Model 50 submachine gun except with a longer barrel and it did not have a full auto feature.
  17. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Get an Uzi in .45 ACP :D
  18. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Active Member

    .45 carbines

    The model 60 Reising was used in training stateside and for railroad
    bridge and plant guards in WWII. Writers to the USMC magazine
    Leatherneck claim the M60 semi-auto were issued to NCOs at
    Guadalcanal and regular marines got the select fire M50 and
    paratrooper M55 versions. The salty environment did not agree
    with the tight tolerances of the Reising and there was no place for
    dirt to go in the action: they rusted up and jammed.

    For years though the M60 Reising was the only .45 carbine available.
    I have seen several Volunteer Enterprises Commando Arms Mark III,
    Mark V and Mark 45 semi-auto .45 tommygun lookalikes but was put
    off by the cheap appearance. I have a Auto Ordnance TM1 semi-auto
    I bought for 750 and do enjoy shooting it, but eleven pounds empty
    it ain't a featherweight.

    I have heard that ATF tech branch has allowed folks to rebuild
    M50s as M60s with approval of the rebuild plans.
  19. DontBurnMyFlag

    DontBurnMyFlag New Member

    I have limited experience with .45 carbines. Ive shot a "thompson" , beretta storm in .45 and an HK USC (civvy UMP)

    of all of them I like the USC the best. plus its an HK. They are pricey and Ive seen them for about 1200 dollars. but thats my info on the subject
  20. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot New Member

    In the For Sale section here a couple of weeks back is a Marlin Camp .45. The seller stated what weight springs to use for +P and .45 Super ammo. That .45 Super should give some impressive velocities with the carbine barrel.

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