SOLD FOR: $5075
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
This Matching M1 Carbine uses all Inland parts.
Model: M1 Carbine
A folding M1A1 Paratrooper Stock is included in the auction.
The M1 Carbine action is not set in the Paratrooper stock because that is NOT LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA.
Serial Number: 406560
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: May, 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. / 406560” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 5 – 43” and “P”. The right rear of the trigger group is double stamped “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” (faded) which is an Inland mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “W-I” 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 “AI” (faded) 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 marked “UI” on both the band and the loop which are Inland marks (page 59).
The interior of the handguard is marked “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The interior of the forearm is marked “OI” next to the magazine well wall which is correct for an M1A1 stock. This is an Inland mark. The inside of the buttplate is marked “B257614 * 6” which is correct for an M1A1 stock (page 127). The face of the grip is marked with a “P” proof and a “boxed P” proof; these marks are overstamped. The rear of the stock, above the pistol grip, is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left rear of the stock is marked with 3 Augusta Arsenal Rebuild stamps; “AAX”, “AAO” and “AAR”. The 3rd letter is the inspector’s initial. The bottom of the grip is marked with a small “crossed cannons” stamp. The belly of the stock is marked “D”.
The magazine is marked “AI” which is an Inland 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 I dual flip up aperture.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The M1A1 Paratrooper stock shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The leather on the buttsock shows small compression marks and discoloration. The buttstock metal shows small scrapes and discoloration. The butstock folds and extends properly. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright. The rifling is sharp. There is scattered surface erosion near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The metal shows light scrapes, small scratches and light discoloration. The discoloration is from both oil residue and oxidation. The barrel shows a ring of thinning and discoloration ahead of the gas piston. The right side of the receiver has had the finish touched up. This area shows discoloration. The right side of the receiver and bolt shop light operational wear. 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 with a folding M1A1 Paratrooper stock; see above.
The rifle has an unmarked aftermarket web sling attached. It shows light soiling and light discoloration. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The rifle comes with a 15 round magazine. The magazine shows scrapes, thin scratches and light discoloration. It is in about Very Good Plus 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 Paratrooper Carbine was made back in 1943. It has been Arsenal Rebuilt but still uses all Inland parts. This M1 Carbine comes with a folding M1A1 Paratrooper stock and a magazine. This Inland M1 Carbine is in nice shape with a good bore. It will add to your WWII collection. If you live in a Free State outside of California you can assemble the rifle and take it straight to the range. Good luck.