The M5A2 Folsom Carbine is an assault rifle featured in Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, Resistance 3 and Resistance: Burning Skies. It is replaced by the .303 Storm Rifle in Resistance: Retribution.

Resistance: Fall of ManEdit

The M5A2 Folsom Carbine is the standard-issue rifle of the US Army Rangers. The Folsom is nicknamed "the paddle" for its wide wooden stock and ability to "spank" an enemy. The M5A2 uses the same .303 round as the British No. 6 Mk 6. Pressing L1 fires the underslung M203 40mm Grenade Launcher. The M200 uses high-explosive grenades which can significantly multiply the firepower available to an individual soldier. The Carbine is the player's starting weapon.

Strategy Edit

Single PlayerEdit

  • The Carbine is a very common weapon, as all Allies are equipped with the Carbine.
  • The Carbine is a good multi-purpose weapon. It is very effective against the Hybrid and Slipskull. Aim for their heads and they won't cause much of a problem for too long.
  • It fires more slowly than the Bullseye, but has a much narrower spread and faster bullets, making it more effective at long range, although the Bullseye can also use its homing ability to function at extreme distances.
  • The grenade launcher attachment is also extremely useful against the bigger enemies, such as the Steelhead, which can be taken down in one hit, but ammunition for this is usually very sparse, so make sure it isn't wasted when obtained.
  • The Carbine is not very effective at close ranges. The Bullseye and the Rossmore are much more suitable.


  • The M5A2 Carbine is the starting weapon for the Human forces. It is an mediocre weapon; with average damage, rate of fire and accuracy.
  • The Grenade Launcher is exceedingly powerful and in some cases, could be considered the best weapon in the game. The player does not start out with a 40mm grenade, but can get one from a prototype ammo/grenade kit.

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Resistance 2Edit

The M5A2 Folsom Carbine is the standard assault rifle issued by the U.S. military and Black Ops. Its magazine capacity is now reduced to 30 rounds and it only carries 2 grenades for the grenade launcher. It is effective at medium to longer range. It is first found in SRPA Station Igloo.

Changes from Resistance: Fall of Man Edit

  • Magazine size decreased to 30 instead of 50 rounds.
  • 2 instead of 3 grenades can now be carried
  • Maximum reserve ammunition increased from 150 rounds to 180 rounds, thus the player needs to resupply less often.

Strategy Edit

  • M5A2 Carbine's 40mm Grenade Launcher is ideal for eliminating a small group of lesser Chimera.

Single PlayerEdit

  • The Carbine is generally useful against generic Hybrids and other Chimera.
  • Plenty of ammunition is available around levels.
  • The Grenade Launcher takes longer to reload and the blast radius isn't anywhere near as big. However, if it's round hits the target dead on, it will kill most enemies instantly.
  • Whether by developer oversight or deliberate decision, there is no 40mm grenade ammo in the entire game. To get more, the player must discard their current Carbine for another weapon, and then pick up a new Carbine which will have 2 grenades as part of its standard starting ammunition.
  • The Carbine is mostly effective at taking down enemies at a distance. Unlike the previous game, the Carbine also works well against enemies at a close range. Although, the Bullseye is more suitable in close quarters combat.


  • Only the Medic class can equip the M5A2 Carbine and it's the first weapon that they can unlock. It's probably more effective to use the XR-42 Phoenix though, unless the player wants to use the Grenade Launcher.


  • With the new ability to pre-select a weapon in Competitive, the M5A2 Carbine has become more of a specialist's weapon. It's a good all-round weapon, and provides an adequate solution to both close-range and long-range combat.
  • The Grenade Launcher also allows for quick and easy kills.

Intel Edit

In December of 1951, SRPA adopted the M5A2 Folsom Carbine as the standard-issue weapon for its Sentinel program. The carbine is the most dependable on the market, firing .303 rounds with an under-slung M200 40 mm high-velocity grenade launcher.

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Resistance 3Edit

The M5A2 Carbine is the eighth weapon found and can be picked up in the beginning of the chapter Nature of the Beast, where Joseph Capelli and Fyodor Malikov were inside the train on their way to New York City when they came under attack by a group of Wardens, led by a former member of SRPA, Mick Cutler. The first upgrade adds a bayonet to the rifle. The last upgrade allows the player to fire 3 grenades in a horizontal line at once in a spread formation.

It is reclaimed in the prison by killing a Warden wielding it and then picking it up from their corpse.

Changes from Resistance 2 Edit

  • Magazine size slightly increased; from 30 to 36 rounds.
  • Upgrades can now be equipped.
  • More detailed model.
  • Slightly different iron sight

Upgrades Edit

  • Bayonet - A bayonet attachment is added that increases melee damage.
  • Extra Grenades - Fires three grenades at once.

Strategy Edit

Single Player Edit

  • Carbine's secondary fire can be effective against small group of enemies at once.
  • Suitable for dealing with multiple distant enemies.
  • The grenade launcher never has to reload unlike the model in the previous games.
  • The Carbine is more effective than in the previous games, in taking down enemies in close quarters, especially if the Carbine is upgraded at least once.
  • The secondary fire can inflict considerable damage to the player's health, so care must be taken.
  • Grenades are easier to come across than in previous games, usually being found in the same ammo boxes as primary rounds.

Multiplayer Edit

  • The M5A2 is the first weapon players will receive with a preset class.
  • The power of the Grenade Launcher has been nerfed considerably, as it is no longer able to kill a player with one shot even with the final upgrade, unless the Demolition ability is equipped.
  • The M5A2 works great with the Gunslinger and Air Cooled Barrel abilities.
  • You can fire up to two grenades with it if the ability that increases Primary and Secondary fire clip size is chosen.

Intel Edit

The standard-issue assault rifle used by the United States military during the initial
Chimeran invasion. Effective at medium to long range. More accurate when fired in
short bursts.

R1 - Fires .303 caliber rounds at 750 rounds per minute.
R2 - Fires one 40mm grenade.


Resistance: Burning SkiesEdit

The M5A2 Folsom Carbine is a standard issue human weapon which is used by the Minutemen and the United States Armed Forces. It is the third weapon acquired in the level Staten Island after Tom Riley killed several Leapers in the sewers, found beside the dead soldier before he joins the Minutemen.

Oddly, in this game the second part of the standard M5A2 reloading sound effect (normally used for pulling the charging handle) is instead used for inserting the magazine.

It can fire the grenade by tapping or hold and move the target at the enemies with the touchscreen.

Upgrades Edit

  • Fast Reload - Reload time reduced.
  • Grenade Capacity - Increased grenade capacity.
  • Scope - Adds scoped view.
  • Range - Greater effective range.
  • Reload Charge - Fresh clip does more damage.
  • Larger Explosion - Larger explosions on grenades.

Strategy Edit

  • If the Carbine is equipped with a scope, aim for the heat stack on the Chimera's back and shoot it to make a faster kill.
  • The Carbine's grenade is highly capable for taking out small group of several enemies at one shot.


Dear friends of liberty,

Our cell broke into the local National Guard armory last
night and made off with 26 M5A2 Carbines. As most of
you know the M5 is the standard issue rifle for the
United States Army, National Guard, and Marine Corps.
It fires .303 rounds and 40mm grenades via an under-
barrel launcher. The fact that this weapon is highly
effective against a wide variety of targets, and
generally available throughout the United States, means
that every cell should take steps to acquire as many
M5s as possible.

One way to do that is to break into your local National
Guard armory like we did. But, if it has been looted or
destroyed, be sure to check any battlefield where the
Army or National Guard have been fighting. Sadly
there will be some lying around.

Never give up, and never give in.
- David Henry

Touch and Hold the touchscreen to fire a grenade from

the secondary grenade launcher.

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Resistance: Fall of Man Edit

  • Any of Nathan Hale's allies who possess a carbine will not use the grenade launcher. This is most likely to stop NPCs from killing or injuring the player accidentally with splash damage.
  • In the photograph slideshow in the cutscenes, Nathan Hale's carbine does not have the grenade launcher attachment present. But in the real-time parts of cutscenes, Hale does have a grenade launcher on his M5A2.

Resistance 2 Edit

  • In Cooperative mode, whenever a Black Ops fires the carbine, the bolts that come out look like giant yellow blobs.
  • Occasionally if a player were to look near a carbine on the ground, it will have a strange bullet-shaped object near it with the SRPA symbol on it. If closely examined, it is far too large to be fired off by the primary Carbine barrel, so it is likely that it is a grenade to be inserted into the secondary fire.
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    On the side of the carbine there is information written on the rifle:
Mac Klnnon Armory
Roswell, NM
Serial #870684-E2
This may be a reference to the UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

Resistance 3 and Others Edit

  • At the butt of the rifle you can see tally marks (most likely kills) which add up to 35.
  • The Folsom is similar to experimental magazine-fed select-fire M1 Garands or M14 rifles in the Mk 14 configuration, using a modern SAGE stock; this is very anachronistic, since the MIL-STD-1913 standard for rail systems was not established until 1995. The shoulder stock and grip are a wooden version of that used by the British L96 sniper rifle, and the grenade launcher is an M203 except in Resistance: Burning Skies, where the non-upgraded version is a Masterkey underbarrel shotgun with the proportions altered.
  • The in-world single 40mm grenade pickup model and the icon shown on grenade launcher ammo boxes in Resistance: Fall of Man is a Russian VOG-25 caseless grenade for the GP series of grenade launchers.
  • In Resistance: Retribution, James Grayson's combat jacket has a picture of two M14 rifles.
  • A concept art image of Joseph Capelli features a real-world M14, which could mean that the M14 was planned to be in the game as a replacement for the M5A2.
  • A 50/30 round magazine firing a .303 bullet, plus the weight of the wooden stock, grenade launcher, and full metal barrel, would make this rifle, in fact, extremely heavy.
  • The Carbine uses a 14 rib 7.62 NATO STANAG magazine, which normally contains 20 rounds.
  • The M5A2 fires .303 caliber rounds. This is unusual, seeing as the .303 is a British cartridge, and the Folsom is an American Rifle. It would more likely use the .30-06 caliber bullet that American weapons used in the 1940s and 1950s, however, the British and the Americans may have standardized on one cartridge in the years leading up to the events in the games considering the alternative history.
    • It is unlikely that the .303 British is the cartridge used in the Folsom Carbine, since the very large rim at the base and the given capacity would make the magazines look more like those used in the BREN light machine gun. It is more likely an evolution of .303 Savage, which was created in the 1894 as an attempt to become the new military cartridge (instead going to the .30-40 Krag). The .303 Savage would be comparable to the .30-30 Winchester in terms of ballistics, and has a smaller case size compared to the 7.62 NATO which could presumably fit more rounds per magazine length. The only issue is the rimmed cartridge case, which would present similar but not as drastic of a magazine curvature as the .303 British.
    • The caliber of a firearm is based on the land diameter of the barrel (the larger diameter being the grooves), as is common in European cartridge designation. As such, a .303 caliber firearm would potentially use .308 bullets (dependent on cartridge/firearm design, seeing as the .303 British used .311 bullets), thus potentially the adoption of a cartridge similar to the 7.62mm NATO considering the M14's appearance the M5A2 takes.
  • The earlier designs of the Carbine made it resemble the LR-300, complete with the M203 grenade launcher and the wooden stock/grip seen in today's Folsom Carbine. However this was changed by concept artist Carlo Arellano, who thought that both the gun didn't look right alongside the early design of the Hybrid with the duck-like face.
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