SOLD FOR: $3025
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
A folding M1A1 Paratrooper Stock is included in the auction. The M1 Carbine action is not set in the Paratrooper stock because that would NOT be LEGAL in California.
Serial Number: 6369470
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1945 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: 1944; No month stamping.
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. / 6369470” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 44” and “P”. There is no month stamping in the date. Our research indicates that this is most likely due to a problem with the stamping during the manufacturing process. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “INLAND” which is an Inland mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” (restamped upside down) and “HI” which is an Inland mark (pages 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “circled S” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 93 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “1” and “OI” 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 “PI” which is an Inland mark also used by Saginaw Gear (page 29 & 184). The Type III barrel band is marked “MMQ” on the band and “EM-Q” on the lug which is a Quality Hardware mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The front of the grip is marked with a “P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with an Arsenal Rebuild mark from the Augusta Arsenal “AAA” (page 181). The inside of thee buttplate is partially marked “B257614 * G” which is correct for an M1A1 stock (page 127). The rear of the magazine is marked “KI” which is an Inland mark.
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a Type II adjustable aperture.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The M1A1 Paratrooper stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some have damaged small areas of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. The leather on the buttsock shows scrapes, compression marks and discoloration. The buttstock metal shows small scrapes and discoloration from oxidation. The butstock folds and extends properly. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The grooves near the muzzle are light grey. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and light discoloration. The barrel shows a band of more prominent discoloration just ahead of the gas piston housing. The barrel also shows thin scratches from the bayonet lug. The right side of the receiver and 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 folding M1A1 Paratrooper stock; see above.
The rifle also comes with a 15 round magazine and a sling. The magazine shows small light scrapes and light discoloration. It is in about Fine condition. The sling shows discoloration and soiling on the canvas as well as oxidation on the metal. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Inland M1 Carbine was made back in 1945. After WWII it was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Augusta Arsenal in Georgia. The rifle looks good for a WWII service rifle that is over 75 years old. The bore is still strong so it should be fun out at the range. The M1 Carbine comes with a folding M1A1 Paratrooper stock. If you live in a Free State outside of California you can assemble the rifle and take it straight to the range. Good luck.