US WWII Inland Division General Motors M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle 1944 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,350

WOA#: WY240318RU115

Make: Inland Division of General Motors

Model: M-1 Carbine

Serial Number: 5376621

Year of Manufacture: 1944

Caliber: .30 Cal Carbine

Action Type: Semi-Automatic


The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1 / INLAND DIV. / 5376621”.

The magazine release is marked “M”.

The right side of the rear sight is marked “I.R.C.O.”.

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

The left side of the hammer is marked “TH”.

The slide is marked “T 1800814”.

The bottom of the barrel is stamped “7   8  E H 1 P”, the top of the barrel is marked “P” about mid length, and the end of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV.  /  GENERAL MOTORS  /  7-44”.

The front sight is stamped with an “N”.

The upper handguard is double stamped “M” on the inside.

The top of the action has been engraved “CCSO” in electro pencil.

Barrel Length: 17.5″

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 4-rivet upper handguard with a narrow groove, Type II barrel band, and a checkered metal buttplate. The safety lever is a later switch instead of the earlier crossbolt safety. The slide is a Type V. 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 belly of the stock has a series of punch marks. The upper handguard has some wear but is in excellent condition. The left side of the stock has a small chip near the action and next to the lug. The metal buttplate has semi-dulled checkering and moderate finish loss. Overall the stock rates in about Good overall condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: This rifle includes one original US WW2 “split back” blued 30 round magazine marked “SEY” at the upper back spine, denoting manufacture by Seymour Products Co. of Seymour, Connecticut. Mag is in Good condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with defined rifling and some very light erosion in the groove about mid way on the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 7.5/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of the original finish. There is some wear from use on the friction surfaces of the action, there is some freckling and patina on the barrel, and the crown of the muzzle also shows some finish loss. The bolt has some finish loss on the friction surfaces. 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 includes the one mag mentioned above and an original US WW2 light OD canvas “C-tip” M-1 Carbine sling.

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!!! -R.L.

US WWII Inland Division General Motors M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle 1944 C&R
US WWII Inland Division General Motors M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle 1944 C&R