This is the first time I ever had a rifle "built" for me. I have had a hankering for a M1 Carbine "War Baby" for some time. After doing a bit of research, I found that there are an abundance of M1 Carbines available that have been built and rebuilt over the years, from parts made by the numerous companies that originally built these rifles from 1941-1945. I was not looking for a "correct" collectible, that is made up of parts supplied by one manufacturer. Rather, I wanted something very reliable for personal defense as well as plinking at the range, whenever I finally get some time to do so. I decided to purchase my M1 Carbine from Fulton Armory, a company with an excellent reputation for quality rifle builds. The rifle has new, USGI original parts, in addition to a Fulton Armory USGI spec receiver and a barrel made by Criterion, an offshoot of Kreiger Barrels. Stocks are new walnut with a boiled linseed oil finish. The .30 caliber carbine round was not the thumper .30-06 round used in the M1 Garand. The M1 Carbine was never meant to be a main battle rifle, but more suited as an upgrade to a personal sidearm, more suited to rear echelon personnel. The .30 caliber carbine round fires a 110 gr. projectile at just under 2000 fps and has been improved by the availability of newer soft point rounds that should provide good results out to about 150-200 yards. Weighing just over 5 lbs., and coming in at just under 36" in length make it very light and maneuverable. I am excited to have this historically significant carbine as part of my collection and wanted to share it with our forum members.