SOLD FOR: $1590
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 102975
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1942 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: December, 1942
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. / 102975” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 12 – 42” 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 with an illegible partial stamping (page 89). The magazine release is marked “WI” which is an Inland mark (pages 100-101). The side of the magazine release has been serrated so the “M” has been lost. The checkered push button safety is unmarked which is consistent with Inland and others (page 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “circled PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “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 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 “OI” which is and Inland mark (page 108-109). The magazine is marked “O SG” which is a Saginaw Gear 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 IA barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows discoloration from oxidation and light surface erosion. The barrel band shows discoloration from oxidation and scrapes. The wood shows various scrapes & scratches. 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 Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle is grey. The remaining lands are semi bright and the remaining grooves are light grey. The rifling is sharp. There is erosion at the muzzle. The remaining grooves show fouling and intermittent light erosion. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 15% of its metal finish. The rear of the barrel has been treated with cold blue and retains most of the cold blue finish. The metal shows scrapes, discoloration from oxidation, and areas of light surface erosion. Most of the markings are deep. The hammer marking is faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good to Very 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 green canvas sling. It is marked with a faded stamping that is illegible. It is located between the snap & buckle. The canvas shows soiling and several small spots of fraying along the edges. The metal shows scrapes & oxidation. Overall it is about Very Good Plus condition. The rifle also comes with a 15 round magazine. It shows light scrapes & oil residue. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 1942 which was the 1st year of Inland M1 Carbine production. It uses almost all Inland parts. The hammer has a faded marking on it so we don’t know if Inland produced it. The magazine was made by a different manufacturer, but Inland magazines are readily available. The wood looks great. The metal does show its age but has lots of deep Inland markings on the parts. Good luck.