SOLD FOR: $1106.05
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 6676378
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1945 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: December, 1944
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark under the barrel reads “ARL. ORD. ARLINGTON, VA”. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” on the front and “INLAND DIV. / 6676378” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 12 – 44” and “P”. The barrel flat is marked with several inspection stamps. 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 “.U.” which is an Underwood mark (page 89). The Type IV magazine release is marked “M” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 100-101 & 185). The rotary safety is marked “J.A.O.” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland 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 “9” under the left lug. The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “H in a shield” on the left which is a Winchester mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “AI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The sling well is marked with a small “flaming bomb” and “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 108-109). The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with bayonet lug & sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. The top & bottom of the oiler cutout are missing edge wood. The main body of the stock has 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and the grooves near the muzzle are semi bright. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is light intermittent erosion and light frosting near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish as refinished. The rear of the trigger group and the area under the barrel band show some thinning. The metal shows scrapes & small scratches. The front of the barrel shows some thinning. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The markings are deep. 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 comes with an unmarked 10 round aftermarket magazine. It is in about Fine 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 1945. After WWII it served in a U.S. friendly country and was eventually imported back into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market. It is marked accordingly on the barrel. It has been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains an “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS” marked barrel. This is a good looking M1 Carbine to add to your WWII collection. Good luck.