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M1/M2 Carbines


M1/M2 Carbines

Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap is a renowned expert on firearms. He has been a warranty station for most manufacturers, both large and small. Learn about the history of this firearm and why it was so popular with the United States Military. The design and function of all the parts are explained in detail, in typical AGI fashion. 

This course will enable you to understand the differences and similarities between the M1 (semi auto) and the M2 (selective or full auto fire) versions of the gun. Extreme close ups of the various parts allow the viewer to see the function and movement of the parts as they work in the gun. The fact that so many people own this firearm makes this course extremely valuable. If you want the quick course on how to get this .30 caliber carbine apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)

Among the items covered are:

  • Brief history of the firearms designer, Carbine Williams
  • Similarities to the M1 Garand are discussed
  • U.S. military usage and history
  • Learn about the various models and variations of this weapon
  • Over 7 million manufactured
  • This firearm is still being manufactured by several different companies
  • Intended use for as an alternative for the larger M1 Garand and smaller .45 caliber 1911 pistol
Design & Function
  • Learn how the gun operates and understand the firing sequence
  • The gas system and its operation is thoroughly explained and demonstrated
  • Clearly see how the piston in the gas system functions
  • Extreme close ups of the cam that rotates the bolt are shown and its function explained
  • See how the action spring works and how the hammer is cocked
  • Safety features are thoroughly explained and shown
  • Extractor and ejector identified and their function explained
  • Clear views of the sear and fire control system
  • See how the magazine and catch operates
  • Be able to understand the similarities and differences in the semi and full auto versions of this weapon
  • How the trip lever and sear functions in full auto
  • Understand how the position of the magazine lips affect the feeding of the cartridges into the chamber
  • Learn how the harmonics of the gun affect the cycling in full auto mode
  • How to field strip the gun for cleaning and maintenance
  • Learn how to completely disassemble the M1 and M2 carbine
  • Close up of various parts and their function are further discussed
  • How to take out the extractor and ejector without launching parts into orbit
  • See how the firing pin is retained in the bolt
  • Understand why the rear sight is only taken out when you have to, as it can easily be damaged
  • Learn about the two and three pronged piston nuts and the special military tool that is used to take the nut off
  • The correct sequence and techniques for taking apart the trigger housing are shown and explained
  • Caution is given when taking out the magazine catch and safety so that you will not lose parts, or have to chase them
Cleaning & Lubrication
  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
  • The parts that get the dirtiest are identified
  • How to clean the bore is explained
  • After cleaning, dry with air gun, or in the oven on Warm ~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
  • Bob discusses what he uses for lubrication and why it works the best
Reassembly & Troubleshooting
  • The correct order of parts for reassembly is given so that you do not have any parts left over
  • Which tools are used for an easy reassembly of the gun
  • Bob discusses which parts wear quickest and specifies certain areas to examine closely
  • How to test the extractor with a cartridge to make sure it has a slightly positive angle
  • Correct position of the trigger spring is shown as well as a special tool that is used to get it in place
  • The correct relationship between the hammer and sear is explained to prevent hammer follow down and to ensure safe operation
  • The importance of good bedding in the stock for the recoil lug is discussed
  • Final assembly
  • Plastic stocks are shown and discussed
  • Various hand guards are shown
  • Recoil pads and flash hiders that are available
  • High capacity magazines

If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any M1/M2 Carbine owner, or someone who intends to be.

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.