SOLD FOR: $1,900.00
Make: Inland Division of General Motors
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5510194
Year of Manufacture: October – December 1944 (page 28 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide); Barrel Date 8 – 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. / 5510194” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV. / GENERAL MOTORS / 8 – 44” and “P”. The barrel shank is marked with a “flaming bomb”. The barrel flat is marked with several inspection stamps. 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 Type III hammer is marked “H.I.” which is an Inland mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” and “E.I.” which is an Inland mark (pages 100). The plain push button safety is consistent with Inland and others (pages 93). The inside of the Type V operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked with a partial stamping and “A.I.” on the left lug which was used by Inland and National Postal Meter (page 36); the right lug is marked “0”. The inside of the recoil plate is marked “DI” which is an Inland mark (page 135). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent for Inland and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO. / 7160060” which is an IBM mark (page 30). The Type II barrel band is marked “PI in a triangle” which is an Inland mark (page 58- 59). The sling well is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 108-109). The inside of the Type I handguard is marked with a faded partial “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The bottom of the forearm is stamped “232”. The rear of the magazine is marked “IS” which is a Standard Products mark (page 143).
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is an adjustable Type III 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 spots of oxidation. The barrel band has been refinished. Oxidation shows through the finish. The metal at the rear of the handguard is epoxied in place. The wood shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many are deep and have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 1/2 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 bore is bright, semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is crisp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The front of the barrel is scraped. The right side of the receiver shows some thinning consistent with cycling. The metal shows other light handling marks. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 green canvas sling and a 15 round magazine. The canvas sling shows light discoloration. It is in about Fine condition. The magazine shows some small scrapes & light scratches. Overall, it is in about Fine condition. The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other jurisdiction with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Inland M1 Carbine was made by the Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors during WWII. This M1 uses almost all Inland parts. Only the rear sight and magazine are not Inland parts… and it is easy to find an Inland magazine on-line or at a gun show. This M1 is in nice shape with a strong bright bore and strong metal finish. This is a Nice M1 to add to your WWII collection.
Here is some history from m1family.com : “The Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors was organized in 1922 for the manufacturing of wood wrapped steering wheels. Inland Division of General Motors was one of nine contractor-established manufacturing facilities that tooled up and turned out M-1 carbines during WWII, a five-pound rifle considered the nation’s best ordnance effort of the war. By the end of the war, Inland had produced over two and a half million carbines.”
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California. The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other jurisdiction with magazine capacity restrictions.