SOLD FOR: $1,725.00
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 615483
Year of Manufacture: July to September, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book, The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: 5 – 43
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” on the front and “INLAND DIV. / 615483” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 8 – 43” and “P”. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “INLAND” (faded) which is an Inland mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “NI” which is an Inland mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “WI” which is an Inland mark (page 100). The plain push button safety is consistent with Inland and others (pages 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 66). The bolt is marked “AI” on the left lug which an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type I rear sight is marked “S” on the left. All Type I sights are marked this way (page 27 & 29). The Type IA barrel band is unmarked which is consistent with Inland & others (page 59). The sling well is marked “IR-IP” which is an Irwin-Pederson mark (page 111). The inside of the handguard is marked “JL-B” which is an IBM mark (page 138). The left edge of the buttplate is marked “IP-PM” which is an Irwin-Pederson mark (page 108-109).
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a flip up Type I dual aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type IA barrel band, sling well, sling pass through and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows small scratches & spots of oxidation. The wood shows various small scratches & compression marks which have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; light grey near the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is erosion at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel shows a few scrapes as well as oxidation near the muzzle. The trigger group shows some scrapes on the sides, under the wood. The right side of the receiver shows light thinning consistent with cycling. The metal shows discoloration from oxidation and small handling marks. The screw heads show light use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a 5 round aftermarket magazine and a green canvas sling. The magazine shows light scrapes & some small scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The sling shows light discoloration on the canvas as well as oxidation on the metal. It is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Inland M1 Carbine was made by the Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors back in 1943. It looks great and all the metal parts are Inland parts. At some point the rifle was dropped into a rare Irwin-Pederson stock that has an Irwin-Pederson buttplate attached. An IBM handguard is also used. If you want to make this an “all matching” Inland M1 Carbine you just have to drop the action into an Inland stock set. Inland stocks are available on line and at most gun shows. This will be a nice addition to your Military or WWII collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.