SOLD FOR: $2,125.00
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5061510
Year of Manufacture: July to September 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide); Barrel Date 3-44
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” on the front and “INLAND DIV. / 5061510” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 3 – 44” and “P”. The barrel flat is marked with several inspection stamps. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “SG” which is a Saginaw Gear 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 “SI” which is an Inland mark (pages 97). The rotary safety is marked “M inside a C” which is a Post WWII rebuild code (pages 93 & 184). The bottom of the operating slide is marked “ROCK-OLA” which is a Rock-Ola mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “W” on the right lug which is a Winchester mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent for Inland and others (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which was used by other manufacturers (page 29). The Type II barrel band is marked “PI in a triangle” which is an Inland mark (page 58- 59). The sling well is marked with a “flaming bomb” and “I. R.” which is a post WWII replacement stock from the Robert W. Irwin Company of Grand Rapids, MI. The inside of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138).
The outside of the White Bag” is marked with the rifles serial number in marker. It is stamped “PROTECTIVE / COATINGS CORP. / MIL B 40028 / 6-67” next to the small end of the bag. The both sides of the bag are stamped with the same markings several times near one of the seams. The markings are stamped in red. They read “MIL-B-131D CLASS 1 AND 2 / PROTECTIVE COATINGS CORP. / PC-311-C” and “LOT NO. 34 / MAY 1967”. There is a sleeve of paper in the bag which we did not remove as we may damage it trying to get it out or putting it back in. It is marked on one side. The markings include “VPI / THE ORCHARD CORPORATION / OF AMERICA”, MIL-P-3240B / TYPE 1 CLASS A STYLE A / OPC-35(S) / JUNE 1967”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable Type II aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, metal barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes & small scratches. The underside of the forearm shows a few deep scrapes. The rear of the handguard is scraped. The wood shows a few other scrapes & handling marks; some are deep. Most of the marks have been oiled. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.9.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The barrel shows scuffs and some small scrapes. The trigger guard shows scuffs. The right side of the receiver shows some light marks from cycling. The recoil plate to the rear of the receiver shows scrapes & thinning. The recoil plate screw head shows use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent 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: The rifle comes with a protective storage “White Bag” which contains a treated paper insert. Both the bag & insert show creasing and handling marks. They are in about Fine condition. The rifle also comes with a copy of the sales invoice from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). It lists this carbine’s serial number as well as 2 others that were bought from the CMP in February of 2003 by Bruce Canfield. The copy is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a rare “White Bag” M1 Carbine that is in Great shape. The term “White Bag Carbine” comes for collectors who prize M1 Carbines shipped to them still in their protective long term storage bag. These M1s were place in long term storage shortly after being Arsenal Rebuilt. These collectors wanted an M1 as close to original as possible and an Arsenal Rebuilt M1 just out of its storage bag is as close as you can get.
This Inland M1 Carbine was originally built in 1944. It was eventually Arsenal Rebuilt and placed in its “White Bag” for long tern storage. In 2003 it was sold by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) to Bruce Canfield. Bruce Canfield is an internationally recognized weapons historian. He has written 12 books on military weaponry including books that cover the M1 Carbine. He is a true collector. This M1 Carbine is no longer in its White Bag but you can be sure that Mr. Canfield took care to keep it in great shape.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.