SOLD FOR: $1299.99
Make: Inland Division of General Motors. The subcontracted receiver was built by Saginaw Gear (page 19 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition).
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 3192202
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: December, 1943
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine. There is NO 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. / 3192202” on the rear. The left side of the receiver is marked “SG” under the wood. This is a subcontracted receiver built by Saginaw Gear (page 19 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 3 – 44” and “P” (under the barrel band). The right rear of the trigger group is marked “Rock-Ola” which is a Rock Ola mark (page 78 ). The hammer is marked “W” which is a White Sewing Machine Company subcontractor 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 “S in a circle” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “S” which is a Standard Products 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 consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO.” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “JMQ” on the band and “EMQ” on the lug which are Quality Hardware subcontractor marks (page 59). The interior of the handguard is unmarked which is consistent with a post WWII rebuild (page 138 & 185). The top left edge of the forearm is marked “SA” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 108-109).
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. The oiler cut out in the butt has been slightly enlarged. The wood shows numerous scrapes & scratches which have been oiled. 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: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright. The grooves near the muzzle are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The sides of the receiver show some thinning under the wood. The top of the barrel shows oxidation and thinning under the barrel band. The metal shows light scrapes, small scratches, and light discoloration. The right side of the receiver & bolt show thinning from cycling. Most of the markings are deep. The barrel markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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: There is NO magazine.
Our Assessment: The M1 Carbine was developed and produced after WWII started. Over 6 million were made by a number of U.S. companies to assist with the all out war effort. The M1 Carbine was widely issued to U.S. Military Forces which numbered over 16 million during WWII. The M1 Carbine contributed greatly to U.S. efforts during WWII.
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 1944. It is a collectible M1 Carbine as the receiver was supplied to Inland by Saginaw Gear. The receiver is marked “SG” under the wood and uses a wide locking tang. Saginaw Gear made receivers with wide locking tangs. This M1 Carbine has been rebuilt and now uses a mix of Inland and USGI parts. This Inland M1 Carbine will add to your collection and should be fun out at the range. Good luck.