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The only carbine that the US Army officially issued as standard issue was the US M-1 (or M-2 fully auto) Carbine. This was a WW2 and Korean War carbine. US Army marksmanship badges during the Vietnam War (M-14 & M-16 Rifles) were: Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman. The M-1 Garand Rifle is not to be confused with the M-1 Carbine. Both were general issue at the same time in both Korea and WW2; for the both the US Army and the US Marine Corps. The M-1 Rifle used a 30-06 cartridge and the M-1 Carbine used a cartridge about the size of a pistol/revolver .357 magnum cartridge. If a man has one of those "Carbine Expert 1st Class" badges, then it probably came from the Korean War/WW2 era; when those weapons were general issue.

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