|military surplus is out there, but a bit pricey these days. Gun shows are a good place to find it. Or, you can try AIM, SOG, Century, or Samco.|
|AIM and SOG both carry this Mexican production. It's non corrosive, boxer primed, reloadable brass case. Price is good.|
|This stuff will coldly spoil some miscreants day. When a sporting goods store went out of business I got two cases of it for peanuts. I have carefully hoarded it. This is for when you need to get someone's serious attention.|
The M1 shoots a pistol round. You can buy it in full metal jacket or hollow point. Ammo is plentiful if expensive. The 15 round magazines that I think it works the best with are available new for very little, mostly the excellent South Korean made versions.
There's no recoil to speak of. They are reliable, easy to clean, easy to field strip and reassemble. I own two. One is a World War II Winchester produced gun. Those are expensive these days. The other is an Israeli built commercial version with a vented metal handguard instead of the solid wood handguard. You could replace the metal handguard with wood in about ten minutes if you wanted to. The wooden handguard is easy to get from Sarco or any other gun parts supplier.
I like my two M1 carbines, and I tend to use the commercial gun, which has no collectors value as a shooter while I just "have" the other one.
So that's my vote for a good carbine with which to equip a wife or girlfriend who is not very tall or heavy.