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The M1A1 Carbine is a semi-automatic rifle featured in Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty: World at War.

Call of Duty and United Offensive


The M1A1 is an American semi-automatic rifle which is quite scarce through both Call of Duty and United Offensive. It is fairly powerful, killing in just one shot to the head or chest, or two to the head at long distance in UO. With a fifteen-round box magazine and a fairly quick semi-auto action, makes this weapon effective and versatile in most situations. However, its main flaw (like all other Allied weapons), is the lack of ammo. It has the earliest reload cancel-capable animation in the game.


This is a weapon issued to the American team. It will take at least two rounds to kill one enemy. Its quick semi-auto action, decent-sized magazine, and fairly high accuracy make it a fair choice for medium-long range combat. However, it pales at long and close-range extremes where bolt-actions and submachine guns, respectively, will outdo the M1A1.

Call of Duty 2


The Carbine in Call of Duty 2 is slightly less powerful at range than previous installments, being a two-shot kill at extreme ranges. Other than that it handles pretty much identical: It still retains its accuracy, magazine capacity, and semi-auto rate of fire, making it still a good weapon for mid-range combat. It is worth noting that the Carbine model in Call of Duty 2 is actually the M1 Carbine, and not the M1A1. The M1A1 was a carbine with a folding metal stock for paratroopers, while the M1 Carbine was the version with the more popular wooden stock. This is also the case for World at War as well.


In multiplayer the M1 Carbine is issued to the American team, however it is incorrectly named in the menu. It is a two-shot kill to the head and a three-shot kill otherwise. It holds 15 rounds in a magazine, and is semi-auto. Outside of medium-range it is outclassed by rifles and sub-machine guns at long-range or close-range, respectively.

Call of Duty 2: Big Red One

In Call of Duty 2: Big Red One the Carbine is the M1 model, not the M1A1, and is first seen as being used by Pvt. Roger in "Piano Lupo", but becomes the standard issue in the level "Crucifix Hill".

Call of Duty: Roads to Victory

In Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, the M1A1 Carbine is seen during most of the American campaign levels. In later levels, however, it is replaced by the M1 Garand.

Call of Duty: World at War


It can be found during the American campaign, although it is quite rare. It can be most easily found late in the game during Blowtorch & Corkscrew and Breaking Point, where many American riflemen carry one, but the M1 Garand is still more common. One soldier can be found with one at the beginning of Burn 'em Out, as well. He can be killed and his Carbine can be picked up.


The M1A1 Carbine is an excellent weapon for its high accuracy, damage, and magazine capacity, however, it is only accessible by Level 65 (or on Level 1 if the player pre-ordered the game, but the class will be replaced by a 6th Custom Class slot if the player enters Prestige Mode). This weapon is not very popular because it is only unlocked at Level 65, and since most players Prestige at this level, they will lose the weapon. Also, the weapon's iron sights are regarded as inferior to other rifles' by most players, and it is the only gun that does not provide clearance for the bottom half of the Aperture Sight, as the bottom half of the sight is almost completely blocked by the weapon. The reload is also just a tad longer than most weapons, however, because of the extra rounds in the magazine, the extra time is compensated for. This was done for balancing reasons.

Its accuracy and damage are equal to the Gewehr 43 and SVT-40, and coupled with a larger magazine capacity, which allows the user to take down multiple targets with single magazine. As a result, the Carbine is often used by players with modified controllers. The Box Magazine attachment increases the magazine size to 30 rounds, much larger than the SVT-40 and Gewehr 43. The Tier 1 perk slot Bandolier gives the weapon a large ammunition reserve which is often not needed.

Due to the weapon's high accuracy and damage, it is possibly one of the better weapons to use in a stealth class. With Camouflage, Dead Silence, and a Flash Hider equipped, it would allow the player to find a quiet spot, easily pick off a few enemies, and then move along to another location without too much trouble. This gun is a good choice for Hardcore, as it is capable of one shot kills, even without Stopping Power, with the exception of players using Juggernaut, as at a range, it may take several shots to manage this.

The M1A1 Carbine also has a very raspy and unique firing sound, so attentive players will know when someone on the enemy team is using said weapon. Some players refer it as the kaching gun as it's unique sound sounds like a kaching sound.

With a Box Magazine, players with fast trigger fingers should be self-regulating in how fast they fire, as it is remarkably easy to be firecapped with the weapon.

Nazi Zombies

The M1A1 Carbine is available on all of the Nazi Zombie maps. Like most semi-automatic rifles, it loses its effectiveness after round 5, but in the right hands, it can be effective as far as round 8. If the player upgrades the weapon via the Pack-a-Punch Machine machine in Der Riese, the M1A1 will become the "Widdershins RC-1", which is fully automatic (similar to the M2 Carbine variant), has increased damage and reserve ammunition. The word "Widdershins" is a German word which means "in a direction opposite to the usual". Some players think that upgrading this weapon is a waste of the 5000 points, as it has a low magazine capacity, as well as a relatively low amount of ammo, but its increased damage and fire mode can sometimes be worth the points.

On all Nazi Zombies maps, it is available from the Mystery Box as well as off the wall. Although, when it is retrieved from box, it is named the "M1 Carbine", but when bought off the wall it is called the "M1A1 Carbine".

Weapon Attachments

Call of Duty: World at War: Final Fronts

The M1A1 Carbine is used only in Mount Tapochau. It has a reasonable rate of fire, the same reload as the regular World at War and uses the Call of Duty firing sound. It also looks like the one in Call of Duty 2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

The M1A1 returns in the revised Call of Duty: World at War zombie maps for the Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened and Prestige Editions. It is almost exactly the same as it's World at War counterpart, with the only differences being the weapon model is slightly more detailed and the firing sound is slightly louder and deeper than it was in World at War.


  • This is the first usable weapon in the Call of Duty series, found in the training level.
  • This gun could have been accessed 64 levels early if the player pre-ordered the game from GameStop when Call of Duty: World at War debuted.
  • A kill with the bayonet attachment on this gun is credited as a knife kill instead of a gun kill, unlike other bayonet capable weapons.
  • In the first Call of Duty, every time the player changes their equipped weapon from the M1A1, the character folds the stock in before switching weapons.
  • In the first Call of Duty, if a player uses the M1A1 Carbine, it is seen by other players that the stock is not out. However, from the player's view it is opened when the gun is taken out.
  • In the Wii version of Call of Duty: World at War, the M1A1 Carbine with Box Magazine has no reload noise.
  • In Call of Duty 2, the aiming prongs lean a bit to the left when using the iron sight.
  • In Call of Duty: World at War, if the player sprints while inserting a new magazine, it is possible to see the players full arm which isn't connected to the rest of the body.
  • In the Wii version of Call of Duty: World at War, the M1A1 has a more metallic sound when shooting.
  • In Call of Duty: World at War there was an attachment to make this weapon fully automatic. However, it was removed for balance issues.
  • In Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer, when an aperture sight is attached, the M1A1 Carbine is shown with a flash hider.
  • The M1A1 Carbine in Call of Duty: World at War uses Call of Duty 2's reload animation.
  • In Call of Duty: Big Red One, the M1A1 Carbine lacks the rear sight.
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