SOLD FOR: $1600
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine. This rifle is one part short of being a “matching” rifle. The rear sight is a USGI replacement. The magazine is made by a different manufacturer.
Serial Number: 5448662
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: August, 1944
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. / 5448662” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 8 – 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” and “EI” which is an Inland mark (pages 100-101). 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 “3” and “AI” 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 III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO. / 7160060” which is a USGI replacement part (page 29). The Type II barrel band is marked PI in a triangle” which is an Inland mark (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 right side of the butt is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The magazine is marked “BW” which is a Winchester 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 II barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes, discoloration from oxidation, and an area of surface erosion. The barrel band shows discoloration from oxidation and light scrapes. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of the marks are light. A few of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. 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 Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion at the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 89% of its metal finish. The left side of the receiver shows light thinning under the wood. The metal shows scuffs, light scrapes, and a few small scratches. The metal also shows discoloration from oxidation and oil residue. The right side of the receiver and the bolt show thinning from cycling. Most of the markings are deep. A few part markings are lightly struck. 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 an unmarked green canvas sling. The canvas shows soiling and the metal shows scrapes. It is about Very Good Plus condition. The rifle also comes with a 15 round magazine. It shows scrapes, thin scratches, and areas of oxidation. 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: This Inland M1 Carbine was made back in 1944. It is one part short of being a “matching” rifle. The rear sight is a USGI replacement. This WWII rifle shows just the right amount of distress to indicate its wartime service. The bore is strong & bright and the rifle has lots of Inland markings on the metal & wood. The magazine was made by a different manufacturer, but Inland magazines are readily available. This is a good looking M1 Carbine that will add nicely to your WWII collection.