New M1 Carbine With Picatinny Rail – An Airgun Version Of Course!
Now there’s a new version of the BB-shooting, CO2-powered Springfield Armory M1 carbine with Picatinny rail.
The “Pic rail” is in the position formerly occupied by the top handguard. It provides the opportunity to fit a red dot sight – or possibly a long eye relief scope – to the carbine, in a way that was not possible with the regular version.
When HAM tested the “non Pic” version of the Springfield Armory M1 Carbine we found it to be an excellent reproduction of the classic US military firearm with an 88% score on test.
This Carbine has a long and strong blowback action. We loved it but that great blowback clearly hit the shot count, FPS and shot-to-shot consistency under test. (We achieved the claimed 40 shots per 12 Gram cartridge).
This is not a complaint, simply a reflection of the physics involved and the power capacity of a single 12 Gram CO2 cartridge powerplant.
You can read more about these constraints on CO2-powered airguns in this HAM report.
Overall, the Springfield Armory M1 Carbine is an attractive BB gun which will win many friends for its realistic looks and operation. It’s definitely “MOA of soda can” accurate at 10 Yards and offers an enjoyable shooting experience.
As with the regular, version the new Springfield Armory M1 carbine with Picatinny rail is available with a choice of stocks. There’s a “real tree wood” version or – alternatively – a synthetic stock with woodgrain printing.
The HAM Team finds that the woodgrain print is very realistic. However it’s good to have the option of a real wood stock for those who will accept the higher price it requires.