WWII Inland Division General Motors M1 Carbine .30 Cal 18” Rifle MFD 1945

SOLD FOR: $2,225.87

WOA#: WY240310CB003

Make: Inland Division of General Motors

Model:  M1 Carbine

Serial Number: 7006510

Year of Manufacture: 1945

Caliber: .30 Cal Carbine

Action Type: Semi-Automatic carbine fed by detachable magazines.


The top of the receiver is marked, “U.S. CARBINE CAL. 30 M1 / INLAND DIV. 7006510”.

The magazine release is marked “M”.

The right side of the rear sight is marked “SA”.

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

The left side of the hammer is marked “IN”

The top of the barrel is marked “P” about mid length, the end of the barrel is marked “INLAND MFG. DIV.  /  GENERAL MOTORS  /  3-45”

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

The upper tang is marked “SG”.

The left side of the stock is marked “STD / PRO / RW

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) M1 stock with a checkered metal Buttplate, upper handguard with narrow groove and 4 rivets, and Type  III barrel band. 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 stock.  The metal butt plate has semi dulled checkering and moderate finish loss with oxidation. Overall the stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.    There are no chips or cracks.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Arsenal Refinished.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with well defined rifling.  There is some corrosion at the muzzle. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% 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, the crown of the muzzle also shows some finish loss. There are spots of rust scattered about the rifle most heavily dusted across the barrel exterior. The bolt has some finish loss on the friction surfaces. Overall this rifle is in 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 rifle comes with its canvas sling.

Our Assessment:  During the early stages of World War II, the U.S. military recognized the need for a lightweight rifle that would bridge the gap between the heavy and cumbersome M1 Garand rifle and the standard issue sidearm, the M1911 pistol. The goal was to provide troops with a compact and easy-to-handle firearm that offered more firepower than a pistol but was lighter and more maneuverable than a full-size rifle. In 1941, the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department contracted with various manufacturers, including Winchester, Inland, and General Motors’ Inland Division, to develop and produce the M1 Carbine. The rifle was designed by a team led by firearms designer David Williams, who drew inspiration from the successful M1 Garand and the short-recoil action of the M1 Thompson submachine gun. The M1 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 ammunition used in the M1 Garand, offered greater capacity and reduced recoil, making it more controllable and well-suited for short to medium-range engagements. The M1 Carbine saw widespread use in World War II, becoming a staple firearm for American troops. It was praised for its reliability, ease of use, and versatility. The rifle was not only issued to U.S. forces but also provided to allied nations through various lend-lease programs. After World War II, the M1 Carbine continued to serve in the Korean War and saw limited use in subsequent conflicts. It also became popular among civilian shooters and collectors due to its historical significance and manageable recoil. Overall, the M1 Carbine played a significant role in U.S. military history, offering a lightweight and reliable firearm that filled a niche between pistols and full-size rifles. Its compact design, firepower, and ease of use made it a favored weapon among soldiers in various roles and contributed to its enduring legacy. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding! – L.S.

WWII Inland Division General Motors M1 Carbine .30 Cal 18” Rifle MFD 1945
WWII Inland Division General Motors M1 Carbine .30 Cal 18” Rifle MFD 1945