SOLD FOR: $1526.99
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine. This rifle is 1 part short of being a “Matching” rifle. The magazine release is not an Inland part.
Serial Number: 969496
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: January, 1944
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark under the barrel reads “INTRAC / KNOX TN”. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” on the front and “INLAND DIV. / 969496” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 1 – 44” 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 “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M WA” 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 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “AI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is an Inland mark also used by others (page 56). The Type I rear sight is marked “S” on the left which is consistent with Inland and others (page 29). The Type IA barrel band is unmarked which is consistent with Inland and others (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The sling well is marked with a “flaming bomb” and “OI” which are Inland marks (page 108-109). The right side of the butt is marked with a faded “crossed cannons” cartouche. The bottom of the grip is marked “48”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a Type I dual flip up aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type IA barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The refinished buttplate has surface erosion showing through the finish. It also shows scrapes & small scratches. The bottom of the grip is missing a chip of edge wood. The inside of the nose is missing edge wood. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches that have been oiled over. Some of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle area is light grey. The remaining lands are bright, the remaining grooves are semi bright, and the rifling is sharp. The muzzle and the grooves near the muzzle show fouling and intermittent light erosion. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its metal finish as refinished. The right side of the rear sight has tool marks showing through the new finish. The right side of the receiver has been touched up with paint. The left side of the receiver, under the wood, shows scrapes and thinning on the edges. The barrel shows a few small areas of thinning under the wood. The barrel shows scrapes, small scratches, and areas of thinning. The receiver & trigger group show discoloration from oxidation. The right side of the receiver shows thinning from cycling. The leading edges of the receiver metal show thinning. Most of the markings are deep. The barrel markings are well defined. The marking on the butt is faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
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 has an unmarked green canvas sling attached. It shows discoloration & soiling on the canvas as well as scrapes on the metal. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Inland M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. After WWII it served in a U.S. friendly country and is marked accordingly on the barrel. It has since been rebuilt. It now uses almost all Inland parts. Only the magazine release is not an Inland part. The rifle has lots of Inland markings on the metal and wood. It will add you to your collection and should be lots of fun at the range.