Sold For: $1,150.00
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 6392705
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1945 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: July, 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. / 6392705” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 7 – 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 “LT-Q” which is a Quality Hardware mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” and “WI” which are Inland marks (pages 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “M inside C” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “AI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (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 is an Inland 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 “HI” and with a “flaming bomb”. The “HI” is an Inland mark. The “flaming bomb” appears to have been restamped (page 138). The sling well is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester. The markings may have been lost to refinishing as there are no other markings on the stock (page 108-109).
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 underside of the handguard has been milled and wood has been removed. This process damaged the wood in the sight channel and separated the top layer of wood. The wood above the milled out portion is just a thin veneer.
The stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop and bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows small scratches and light surface erosion. The wood shows light scrapes and scratches. 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: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The receiver has surface erosion showing through the new finish below the wood. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, areas of discoloration and thinning on the leading edges of the metal. 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: There is NO magazine.
The rifle comes with an unmarked green canvas 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 Division M1 Carbine was made back in 1945. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts including an “INLAND MFD. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS” marked barrel. The rifle has been refinished but still has deep markings on the metal. This is a good looking M1 Carbine to add to your WWII collection. Good luck.