SOLD FOR: $1613
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5048517
Year of Manufacture: July to September, 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: March, 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. / 5048517” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 3 – 44” and “P”. The barrel flat is marked with several inspection stamps. 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 “WMB” which is an IBM mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “EPB” which is an IBM mark (pages 100-101). The smooth push button safety is marked “EPB” which is an IBM mark (page 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked UN” which is a National Postal Meter (NPM) mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “AOB” on the right lug which is an IBM mark (page 36). It is also marked “H” on the left lug and “F” under the left lug. 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 as well as “RG-S’G’ “ on the right and on the front of the aperture. These are Saginaw S’G’ marks (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 “BR-B” which is an IBM mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “RMC” which was used by Rock Ola and other manufacturers (page 108-109). The right side of the buttstock is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The rear of hte buttplate is marked “S-S3” which is a Standard Products mark (page 114).
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 flip up dual aperture.
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 & small scratches. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small areas of the surface wood. Most of the marks 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 Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and the grooves near the muzzle are semi bright. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling and oxidation at the muzzle and in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, light scrapes, and light handling marks. The right side of the receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The bolt also shows discoloration and several light thin scratches from aggressive cleaning. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 5 round aftermarket magazine. It shows scrapes & scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
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 Division M1 Carbine was made back in 1944. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains an “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS” marked barrel. The rifle was refinished when it was rebuilt but it still has deep markings on the metal. This is a good looking M1 Carbine to add to your WWII collection. Good luck.