Great little gun! I have ordered Garands from CMP in the past, and I gave some thought to ordering one of these little guys. But my practical side struck again and I decided against it, since I have no real use for the Carbine.
M1 Carbines are trim and light and handy, fun to shoot, and also pretty effective for defense when stoked with the right load. It's actually not a bad substitute for an AR-type if you're not allowed or inclined toward the black rifle.