SOLD FOR: $1440
Make: Inland Division of General Motors. This receiver was produced for Inland by Saginaw Gear (subcontract).
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 924165
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: 8 – 44
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. / 924165” on the rear. The left front of the receiver, below the wood, is marked “SG” which is a Saginaw Gear mark. This Inland receiver was subcontracted to and produced by Saginaw Gear (page 19 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 8 – 44” and “P”. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “SG” which is a “Saginaw Gear” mark (page 78). The hammer is unmarked which is consistent with Saginaw Gear (page 89). The magazine release is marked “WA / M” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 100-101 & 185). The smooth push button safety is unmarked which is consistent with Inland and others (page 93). The inside of the operating slide is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “W” on the right lug which is a Winchester mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “J.A.O. / 7160060” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 29 & 184). The Type III barrel band is marked “AI” 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 “BR-B” which is an IBM mark (page 108). The right side of the buttstock is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The rear of the one magazine is marked “AI” which is an Inland mark. The rear of the second magazine is marked “K-S’G” which is a Saginaw S’G’ mark (page 142-143).
The front of the magazine pouch is marked “U.S.” and the rear Is marked “D.M. SHOE CO. / 1943”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a Type III fully adjustable aperture.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through and a metal buttplate. The wood shows several scrapes and scratches. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The oiler cutout has been slightly widened to make it easier to remove the oiler. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes, small scratches and light thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The right side of the receiver shows some light thinning consistent with cycling. The finish on the op rod has been touched up. 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 2 magazines, a dual magazine pouch and a sling. The magazines show light scuffs & scrapes. They are in about Fine condition. The magazine & sling show light discoloration & light soiling on the canvas as well as scrapes on the metal. The sling is in about Very Good Plus condition. The pouch is in about Fine condition.
The 15 round magazines are not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Inland M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. It is in great shape for a WWII service rifle. It has deep Inland markings on the barrel & receiver as well as a Saginaw Gear marking on the receiver. This receiver was produced by Saginaw Gear making it a rare variant for the collector. The rifle comes with a sling, mag pouch and 2 mags.