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Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 2945992
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: 10 – 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. / 2945992” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 10 – 43” and “P” twice under the barrel band. The barrel flat is marked with several inspection stamps. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “16” (a production number) and “N” which is a National postal meter (NPM) mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “.U.” which is an Underwood mark (page 89). The rotary safety is marked “N.” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 184). The magazine release is marked “M” which is Type IV magazine release marking (page 98). The inside of the operating slide is marked “15” (a production mark) and “N” which is a NPM mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “2” (a production mark) and “A.I.” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which was used by Winchester, Rock-Ola, Standard products, and IBM (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “J.M.O.” on the band which is a Quality hardware subcontractor mark (not listed in our reference material) and “EM-Q” on the lug which is a Quality Hardware mark (page 59- 60). The base of the grip is marked with a faded “boxed P” proof. The interior of the handguard is marked “P-U” which is an Underwood mark. (page 138). The left side of the butt is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a partial “RRA-C” which is an Arsenal Rebuild code from the Red River Arsenal in Texas followed by the inspector’s initial (page 184).
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable Type II aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The gloss finished wood stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes, small scratches, small dents, and discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows scrapes and scratches. Some have damaged small portions of the finish and/or surface wood. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is crisp. There is frosting at the muzzle; mostly in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.9.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The metal shows small scrapes and light discoloration. The trigger guard shows a few small scratches. The top of the barrel shows oxidation. The right side of the receiver & bolt show some thinning consistent with cycling. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 4 round magazine. The magazine shows scrapes & light handling marks. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Inland Division M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. At some point it was rebuilt at the Red River Arsenal in Texas and is marked accordingly on the stock. It was rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains what appears to be its original 1943 dated Inland barrel. The rifle has nice markings on the metal including deep Inland marks on the receiver and barrel. The barrel markings include the “GENERAL MOTORS” stamping which is indicative of the all-out War effort necessary during WWII. This M1 Carbine will add to your WWII or Military collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.