SOLD FOR: $1130.03
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 6332238
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1945 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: 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. / 6332238” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 44” and “P” under the barrel band. 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 “I.” which is a replacement not listed in our reference material (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). The bottom of the operating slide is marked with a part number and “SG” which is a Sagimaw Gear mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “D” on the left lug which is a replacement not listed in our reference material (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “PI” which was used by Inland and Saginaw Gear (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “KI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The top left edge of the forearm is marked “SA” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 108-109). The magazine is marked “IA” 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 II 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 refinished buttplate has dents and light surface erosion showing through the nes finish. It also shows scrapes & small scratches. The wood shows various scrapes & scratches. The edge of the oiler cutout is missing small chips of wood. These marks have been finished over. 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 to Fine overall condition as refinished.
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 and light intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs, light scrapes, and light handling marks. The trigger group and receiver have surface erosion showing through the new finish. The left side of the receiver shows scrapes under the wood. The trigger guard has surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration. The top rear of the operating slide and the rear sight show surface erosion. The receiver and bolt show light 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 a 15 round magazine. It shows scrapes, thin scratches and a shallow dent. It is in Very Good 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 Division M1 Carbine was made back in 1945. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains an “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS” marked barrel. The rifle has been refinished since the rebuild but it still has deep markings on the metal. The rear sight has some cosmetic issues but can be replaced without too much trouble. Good luck.