SOLD FOR: $1000
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 409247
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). No Barrel Date
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. / 409247” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked (faded) “UNDERWOOD”. 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 replacement hammer is marked “UC” which is a Utica Cutlery subcontractor mark; not listed in our reference material (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” and “EI” which is an Inland mark (pages 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “M inside a C” 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 marked “.U.” under the left lug which is an Underwood 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). The Type III barrel band is marked “SI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard and the sling well are unmarked. The left side of the stock is painted with faded markings that appear to be Korean. The base of the grip is painted with a faded marking. The magazine is marked “OI B” which is an IBM 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 II 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, discoloration from oxidation, and surface erosion. The top of the grip shows a hairline surface crack. 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.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are grey. The rifling is sharp; shallow at the muzzle. There is erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of greater than 5. Our gauge tops out at 5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. The sides of the receiver show scrapes & thinning under the wood. The exposed metal shows scrapes,small scratches, discoloration from oxidation, and a few areas of light surface erosion. The right side of the receiver and the bolt show thinning from cycling. Most of the markings are well defined. The barrel markings are faded. 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. It shows scrapes, thin scratches, and 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 this M1 Carbine appears to have served in Korea. It has faded Korean markings on the stock and the barrel is import marked. 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 should be lots of fun at the range.