US WWII Inland Division General Motors M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle 1943 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,004

WOA#: WY240310CB009

Make: Inland Division of General Motors

Model: M-1 Carbine

Serial Number: 570064

Year of Manufacture: Receiver ca. late 1942, early 1943. Barrel dated August 1943.

Caliber: .30 Cal Carbine

Action Type: Semi-Automatic fed by detachable magazines.


The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1 / INLAND DIV. / 570064”.

The magazine release is marked “M”.

The right side of the rear sight is marked “J.A.O.” with a partial number hidden by rust.

The right side of the trigger group is marked with the Inland logo.

The left side of the hammer is Unmarked.

The slide is marked “PI” inside the block.

The top of the barrel is marked “P” about mid length, the end of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV.  /  GENERAL MOTORS  /  8-43”.

The front sight is stamped with an “EU”.

The upper handguard is stamped “IO” on the inside.

The left side of the stock band is marked “J.M.O”.

Barrel Length: 18”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed blade with protective ears. The rear sight is a sliding adjustable aperture sight dovetailed to the receiver.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a Type III low wood with a 2-rivet upper handguard with a wide groove, Type III barrel band/bayonet lug, and a checkered metal buttplate. The safety lever is a later switch instead of the earlier crossbolt safety. The LOP measures about 13.25” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock has small scrapes, scuffs, and compression marks throughout. The upper handguard has some wear but is in excellent condition. The metal buttplate has semi-dulled checkering and moderate finish loss. The stock rates in about Good overall condition as refinished. There is a piece of a leather strap connected to the sling bar.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 8/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 40% of the original finish. There is heavy rust on the receiver, bolt, charging handle, rear sight, and trigger group. There is some lighter rust scattered across the barrel. There is general operational wear on the action. Overall this rifle is in Good to Very Good condition considering its age for C&R.

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: This carbine comes with its buttstock cleaning kit.

Our Assessment: Early in WW2, the US military recognized the need for a lightweight rifle that would bridge the gap between the heavy M-1 Garand and the standard issue sidearm, the M1911A1 pistol. The goal was to provide troops with a compact, easy-to-handle shoulder arm that offered more firepower than a pistol but was lighter and more maneuverable than a full-size battle rifle. In 1941, the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department contracted with various manufacturers, including Winchester and General Motors’ Inland Division, to develop and produce the M-1 Carbine. The rifle was designed by a team led by firearms designer David “Carbine” Williams, who drew inspiration from the successful Garand and the short-recoil action of the Thompson Submachine Gun. The M-1 Carbine featured a gas-operated, semi-automatic action and fired a .30 caliber cartridge known as the .30 Carbine. The cartridge, while less powerful than the standard .30-06 round used in the Garand, offered greater capacity and reduced recoil, making it more controllable and well-suited for short to medium-range engagements. The M-1 Carbine saw widespread use in World War II in the hands of US infantry, paratroopers, Marines, and support personnel, and was loved by the troops for its ease of use, compact design, and reliability. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding! -L.S.

US WWII Inland Division General Motors M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle 1943 C&R
US WWII Inland Division General Motors M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle 1943 C&R