WWII Inland Div. US M1 Carbine M-1 U.S. .30 Semi Automatic Rifle 1944 C&R
SOLD FOR: $1774
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5026263
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: February, 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. / 5026263” 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” 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 “1” and “OI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is an Inland mark used by others (page 56). The Type I rear sight is marked “S” on the left and “N-A” on the right which is a National Postal Meter (NPM) mark (page 29). The Type IA barrel band is marked “UI” which is an Inland mark also used by NPM (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 faded “crossed cannons” cartouche. The rear of the magazine is marked “K.I.” (upside down) which is an Inland subcontractor mark from the Keller Brass Company. It is not listed in our reference material (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 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 buttplate shows scrapes & surface erosion. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Most of the marks are light but a few have damaged small portions 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 Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are grey. The rifling is deep. There is light intermittent erosion in the grooves. There are patches of more prominent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs and light scrapes. The rear of the barrel shows discoloration as well as an area of light thinning that shows oxidation. The exposed portion of the barrel shows light discoloration from oxidation and a few small scratches. The right side of the receiver shows light thinning from cycling. Most of the markings are deep. The barrel markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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:The rifle has a canvas sling attached. It shows light soiling on the canvas. It is in Fine condition. The rifle comes with a 15 round magazine that shows light handling marks and some oil residue. It is in Fine condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
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 has since been rebuilt but still uses almost all Inland parts. The rear sight is not an Inland part. The rifle has been refinished and the stock has been oiled so the rifle looks pretty good for a WWII service rifle. The rifle has lots of Inland markings on the metal and wood which makes it desirable. It will add to your WWII or Military collection. Good luck.