SOLD FOR: $1425
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 2914258
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 import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” on the front and “INLAND DIV. / 2914258” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 10 – 43” and “P” (under the barrel band). The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a faded “flaming bomb”. The top of the barrel shank is marked “3”. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “BE-B” which was used by Standard Products and IBM (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “SA” which is not listed in our research material (page 89). The “SA” is a post WWII Springfield Armory mark. Springfield produced a number of USGI replacement parts post WWII (www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_springfield.html). The magazine release is marked “M” and “W / SG” which is a Saginaw Gear mark (pages 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “J.A.O.” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 93 & 184). The inside of the operating slide is marked “O.U. in a circle” which is an Underwood mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “35S” on the right lug which is a Standard Products mark (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which was used by Inland and others (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which was used by 4 other manufacturers (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “KI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The sling well is marked with what appears to be a partial “SC-B” which is an IBM mark (page 108). The area next to the sling well is stamped “STD / PROD / RWH” which is a Standard Products Rebuild stamp (page 184). The right side of the buttstock is marked with a crossed cannons” cartouche .
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 stock had a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows light scrapes and spots of oxidation along the edge. The body of the stock has a semi gloss finish that shows runs of excess finish. Areas of the semi gloss finish have been dulled by scuffs. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches. Many have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Many of the marks have been finished over. There are small chips at the rear of the trigger guard. The LOP measures 13 ¼ 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; light grey near the muzzle. The rifling is crisp. There is fouling and erosion near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.6.
The face of the muzzle shows surface erosion along the outer edge. The muzzle crown is intact.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The op rod has oxidation showing through the new finish. The metal shows scuffs & handling marks. The barrel also shows light scrapes. The receiver and trigger group show some thinning below the wood line. The right side of the receiver & bolt show thinning consistent with cycling. The markings on the metal are deep. The markings on the wood are faded. 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: There is No magazine. The rifle comes with a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Certificate of Authenticity. It is marked “M1 Carbine” and with the rifle’s serial number. The buyer’s name is covered with white-out. Overall it is in about Fine condition. The rifle has a green canvas sling attached. It shows oxidation & light scrapes on the metal as well as light discoloration on the canvas. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Inland Division M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. After WWII it was Arsenal Rebuilt by Standard Products and is marked accordingly on the stock. This M1 Carbine was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and comes with a CMP certificate. This is a good looking M1 Carbine that should keep you smiling at the range. All you need is a magazine and some ammo.