SOLD FOR: $2071
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 291699
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: March, 1943
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. / 291699” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 3 – 43” and “P”. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “BE-B” which was used by IBM and Standard Products (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 89). The Type IV magazine release is marked “M” which is a replacement mark (pages 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “circled S” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “circled 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 “R P” which is a Rock Ola mark (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “D in a diamond” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “HI” which is and Inland mark (page 108-109). The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof; this mark appears to have been restamped. The right side of the butt is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The left side of the stock is marked “BA / JPL in a box”. This is an Arenal Rebuild stamp from the Benicia Arsenal. The rear of the one magazine is marked “UI” which is a Union Hardware mark; they were a subcontractor for Inland (not listed in our reference material). The rear of the second magazine is marked “MN” which is a National Postal Meter 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 III barrel band with sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks which have been oiled. The LOP measures 13 1/4 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 to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is sharp. There is erosion at the muzzle and 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. The rear of the barrel and bottom of the receiver have been treated with cold blue. The finish shows scrapes, small scratches and thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The receiver & bolt show light operational wear. The screws show use. The markings are deep. 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 in its shipping box from the Red River Army Depot and with paperwork from the Red River Army Depot. It also comes with a green canvas sling, canvas muzzle cover, dual mag pouch and two 15 round magazines.
The magazines show scrapes & small scratches. One mag is in Very Good Plus condition. The other mag also shows some surface erosion and is in Very Good condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Please see photos as to the condition of the listed items.
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 1943. At some point it was rebuilt at the Benicia Arsenal and is marked accordingly on the stock. The rifle was eventually placed into storage and purchased through the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM). The DCM became the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in 1996. The rifle comes in its shipping box from the Red River Army Depot and with paperwork from the Red River Army Depot.
This M1 Carbine looks good and has clear markings on the metal & wood. It will add to your WWII collection. Good luck.