SOLD FOR: $1180
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine.
Serial Number: 4894826
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: November, 1951
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine.
There is NO 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. / 4894826” on the rear. The top of the Springfield Armory Replacement barrel is marked “SA 11 51” and “P” under the barrel band. 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 “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 89). The Type IV magazine release is marked “M” which is WWII rebuild mark (pages 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “circled S” which isa post WWII rebuild mark (page 95). The bottom of the operating slide is marked “ROCK-OLA” which is a Rock Ola mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “2” and “OI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “SA” which was used by Inland and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO. / 7160060” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “JM” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is unmarked which is consistent with a post WWII rebuild (page 138). The top left edge of the stock is marked “SA” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 108-109 & 185).
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 assembly.
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 small dents & scratches showing through the finish. The top left of the grip and left front of the forearm show repairs. Cracks are still visible. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. 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 as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes & small scratches. The receiver shows thinning and spots of discoloration from oxidation, under the wood. The receiver & bolt show 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: There is NO Magazine. The rifle comes with an unmarked web sling.
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 1944. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts that include a 1951 dated Springfield Armory barrel. The rifle was refinished when it was rebuilt. The stock has been repaired and shows lots of use, but it can easily be replaced.
This M1 Carbine has nice markings on the metal and a strong & bright bore. This Inland M1 Carbine will add to your WWII collection. Good luck.