What is a carbine rifle?
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.