SOLD FOR: $1125
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 257089
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1943 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
No Barrel Date
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. / 257089” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS” 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 “Z” which is a Saginaw Gear mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “WA / M” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 100-101 & 185). The rotary safety is marked “M inside a C” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “circled PI” (twice) which is an Inland mark (page 65). The Type III bolt is unmarked. The lug mark appears to have been lost to erosion and refinishing (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with Inland and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO.” which was used by Inland and Winchester (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “SA” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59 & 185). The interior of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 108-109). The base of the grip is marked “289”. The right side of the butt has faded painted markings on it.
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 sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows a small dent and surface erosion. The barrel band shows scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The butt shows 2 small circular surface repairs. The butt is missing chips of edge wood at the buttplate. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of the marks are light. 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 as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are bright. The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is some surface erosion in the grooves at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scattered light scrapes & handling marks. The sides and interior of the receiver have surface erosion showing through the new finish. The barrel shows scrapes & thin scratches. The sides of the receiver show light thinning. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. The markings on the wood are faded. 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.
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 a mix of USGI parts. The rifle was refinished during the rebuild so it looks pretty good for its age. The rifle still retains many Inland parts including its original “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS marked barrel. It will add to your WWII collection. Good luck.