What is the difference between Rifle and Carbine?

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  • Mr.357
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    A couple of inches of barrel.

  • 1 month ago

    A carbine is smaller than a rifle. It's like once the big guns were muskets, and the smaller ones were calivers when firelocks were used. 

  • John
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    A carbine is a rifle with a shorter barrel

    The length of the barrel which usually defines a carbine is 20 inches and underRifles have barrels are at least 20 inches long, with 22 inches being the typical length for modern rifles

  • C T M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The old adage goes something like. A Carbine requires cover, a rifle turns cover into concealment.

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  • Quinn
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    A carbine is a sub-class of rifles.  There is no exact standards, but it is  understood they are lighter and shorter than the average or full size rifle, and can be chambered for cartridges other than the typical rifle ammunition. Some carbines are chambered for pistol caliber ammos and are commonly refer to as Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC), but not all carbines are PCC. Some carbines are chambered for the standard rifle cartridges.

  • Robin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A carbine is a shorter version of a standard rifle originally carried by mounted troops 

  • 1 month ago

    Carbines tend to be shorter and in some cases have a lower powered round.    M1 Garand VS M1 Carbine.   

  • BBean
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Old school definition= A short rifle that will fire pistol ammo.

    New school definition= A shorter version of an original rifle but not necessarily firing pistol ammo.

     Example: A Mosin Nagant M-44 and M-38 are called carbine lengths being that the 91/30 was originally longer. All fire the same cartridge.(a 91/59 was actually a cut down 91/30 to become known as a carbine to some)

    AR talk= gas port linear dimensions are pistol length, carbine length,  mid length, and rifle length.

  • BJJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Rifle-like weapons with a barrel length of less than 20 inches are typically considered to be carbines. Weapons with barrels greater than 20 inches are usually called rifles unless specifically called carbines by the manufacturer. By this definition, many so-called “Assault Rifles” would technically be carbines.

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