SOLD FOR: $1081
Make: Inland Division of General Motors.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 2953350
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: October, 1943
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. / 2953350” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 10 – 43” 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 “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” and “EI” 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 with a partial “circled PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “1” and “OI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). It is also marked “X” on the right lug. The front sight is marked “RIA” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 56 & 185). The Type II rear sight is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “KI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The interior of the handguard is unmarked which is consistent with a post WWII rebuild (page 138). The sling well is marked “OI” which is and Inland mark (page 108-109). The bottom of the grip is marked with a “ P” proof overstamped by “0”. The left side of the butt is marked “3886092” and with an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Ogden Arsenal “OG in a box”.
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 assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches, dents and surface erosion. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged areas of the surface wood. The most prominent marks are on the right, next to the grip. The LOP measures 13 3/8 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: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. The rifling is sharp. There is intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and areas of discoloration from oxidation. The receiver and trigger group show small areas of thinning under the wood. The barrel shows spots of thinning under the barrel band. The receiver & bolt show operational wear. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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.
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 1943. It has since been rebuilt using USGI parts but still retains several Inland parts including the original “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS” marked barrel. This M1 Carbine has seen some use but looks pretty good for being almost 80 years old. This Inland M1 Carbine will add to your WWII collection and should be fun to shoot. Good luck.