What is a car­bine ri­fle?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

A car­bine, from French cara­bine, is a long arm firearm but with a shorter bar­rel than a ri­fle or mus­ket. Many car­bines are short­ened ver­sions of ful­l­length ri­fles, shoot­ing the same am­mu­ni­tion, while oth­ers fire lower-pow­ered am­mu­ni­tion, in­clud­ing those de­signed for pis­tols. The smaller size and lighter weight of car­bines make them eas­ier to han­dle. They are typ­i­cally is­sued to high-mo­bil­ity troops, such as spe­cial-op­er­a­tions sol­diers and para­troop­ers, as well as to mounted, sup­ply or other non­in­fantry per­son­nel whose roles do not re­quire full-sized ri­fles.

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