SOLD FOR: $1000
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 6902726
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1945 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: February, 1945
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “BLUE SKY/ARLINGTON, VA.”. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” on the front and “INLAND DIV. / 6902726” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 2 – 45” and “P”. 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 “NI” which is an Inland mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “WA / M” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 100-101 & 185). The rotary safety is marked with a faded “circled S” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is unmarked. The marking has been lost to refinishing (page 36). The front sight is marked “R” which was used by Inland and Rock Ola (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “J.A.O. / 7160060” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 29 & 185). The Type III barrel band is marked “AI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “RMC” which was used by Rock Ola (page 138). The sling well is marked “LW” which is an Underwood mark (page 108-109). The magazine is marked “U-S’G’ ” which is a Saginaw S’G’ mark (page 142 -143).
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 adjustable aperture assembly.
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 buttplate shows scrapes, thinning, and surface erosion. The barrel band shows surface erosion. The bottom of the grip is missing a section of surface wood. The belly of the stock shows a filled & repaired crack that extends forward from the left front of the magazine well. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small areas of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good to Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and the grooves near the muzzle grooves are light grey. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling and intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.9.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its metal finish. The sides of the receiver and trigger group show scrapes & thinning under the wood. The barrel shows thinning and an area of light surface erosion under the wood & barrel band. The exposed metal shows scrapes, discoloration from oxidation, and a few areas of light surface erosion. The right side of the receiver and the bolt show thinning from cycling. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good 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 15 round magazine. “FOSTER” is scratched into the right side. It shows scrapes, thin scratches, and small patches of surface erosion. It is in about Very Good condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: The Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors was organized in 1922 for the manufacturing of steering wheels. During WWII Inland Division was one of many facilities that tooled up to manufacture M1 Carbines for the war effort. Inland produced the majority of WWII M1 Carbines, about 43%, and contributed greatly to the war effort. Inland M1 Carbines were used by millions of soldiers during WWII in numerous battles. If you see WWII footage that includes an M1 Carbine, it is most likely an Inland M1 Carbine.
This Inland M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. After WWII it served for a U.S. friendly country and was eventually imported back into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market. The barrel is marked accordingly. The rifle has been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts. The rifle has seen some use but it is still a good looking M1 Carbine that can ring steel and slay paper out at the range. Good luck.