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Fine WWII Inland M1 Carbine c. July 1943

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Fine WWII Inland M1 Carbine c. July 1943

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This is an excellent, correct and early WWII Inland M1 Carbine. This M1 Carbine’s serial number is 612858, which places the date of production in mid- 1943. This M1 is in Inland Division's first serial number block, which ran from 101-999,000.

The original Inland barrel is a long skirt type and contains the standard "INLAND DIVISION" and "GENERAL MOTORS" stamps on the barrel over the barrel date, "7-43." There is a firing proof "P" on the top of the barrel approximately 6 1/2" from the muzzle. The Gas Cylinder has the "WI" Inland mark on the front slope, indicating this cylinder was made under contract for Inland by the Worcester Taper Pin Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. The Gas Piston is in the white and is marked on the face with two Rockwell Hardness Test punch marks and a “L.I.” stamp, indicating it was manufactured under contract for Inland by the Lombard Governor Company of Ashland, Massachusetts. The Gas Piston Nut retains considerable original blued finish and is staked into place at the 5 o’clock position. The bottom flat of the barrel at the rear has numerous inspection stamps as well as a “BI” stamp, indicating the barrel was manufactured for Inland by the Brown-Lipe-Chapin division of General Motors. The Barrel gauges at 0 at the muzzle and has a mirror bore with strong rifling. The Barrel retains approximately 98% of its original parkerized finish.

The Receiver retains approximately 95% of its parkerized finish with thinning finish over the side rails and wear noted on the interior surfaces. The Operating Slide is the correct Type II with partial circular milled out portion of the back, top of the piston well that is marked "P.I." on the inside, bottom of the piston well, indicating that it was manufactured under contract by the Packard Manufacturing Company of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Operating Slide retains approximately 95% of its parkerized finish with wear noted on all friction points and in the bolt lug recess. The Operating Slide Guide is the correct early type with flat tip and it retains 85% of its dark finish. The Guide Spring is still correctly in the white and it maintains its tight coils on both ends.

The Bolt is the correct Type II Flat Bolt that is marked “A.I.” on the lug and it retains approximately 85% of its dark finish with wear on the friction points and on the face of the bolt. The bolt was manufactured under contract for Inland by the Dayton Racquet Company of Arcanum, Ohio. The Firing Pin is the correct Type I marked with a “R.I.” on the right rear side, which indicates it was manufactured under contract for Inland by the Reece Button Hole Machine Company of Boston, Massachusetts. The Firing Pin retains approximately 95% of its blued finish. The Extractor is a correctly marked “W.I.” Type I flat tip type manufactured under contract by the Wadsworth Watch Case Company of Dayton, Kentucky for Inland Division. The Extractor retains approximately 95% of its blued finish. The Extractor Plunger is the correct Type III with the modified flat half cone that retains the majority of its dark blued finish. The Ejector has the slightly chamfered, flat face and the Ejector Spring remains in the white.

The Trigger Housing is the correct, milled Type II housing with the wide magazine wall with the horizontal Inland logo mark on the right rear of the housing, beneath the beveled corners. The Trigger Housing retains the majority of its parkerized finish and the top flat portion of left side wall (above the Hammer Pin) shows the impact mark for the early "dog leg" type Hammer. The Trigger is the correct Type II that is marked with “RI” on the leg, which indicates that it was manufactured by the Reece Button Hole Machine Company of Boston, Massachusetts. The Trigger retains the majority of its dark finish. The Trigger Spring is the correct 2nd Type with two coils in the center and no bends at the open (cut) end and it retains the majority of its blued finish.

The Sear is the correct Type I marked with “RI” on the top, which was also manufactured by the Reece Button Hole Machine Company under contract for Inland Division and contains no hole or chisel mark and it retains the majority of its dark finish, which is starting to fade on the top surface. The Sear Spring retains the majority of its blued finish and has 16 coils that taper at the end.

The Hammer is the correct Type I "dog leg" hammer with a slot in the hammer’s face. The Hammer retains a thinning blued finish. The left side is correctly marked “HI” on the left side, indicating it was manufactured under contract for Inland by the Hemphill Company of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The Magazine Catch is the correct Type II with a short, un-serrated face and thick wall. The Magazine Catch retains 90% of its blued finish with wear on the sharp edges and is marked "EI" indicating it was made under contract for Inland by the Eaton Pond Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. The Safety is the correct Type III "push-button" type with the smooth, un-checkered face and the center ridge plunger recess that retains approximately 95% of its parkerized finish and it is correctly unmarked. The Hammer Spring Plunger retains 95% of its original blued finish that is starting to fade and the Hammer Spring, which remains in the white, is the correct later type containing 26 coils.

The Magazine Catch/Safety Plungers both retain the majority of their original blued finish and the plunger spring retains considerable blued finish and has 8 exposed coils. The Magazine Catch Plunger exhibits considerable blued finish on the ends and the spring, which retains the majority of its blued finish, has 18 coils. The Rear Sight is the correct and early Type I “flip type” sight marked with a “WSI” stamp on the left side base and correctly unmarked on the right side of the base, indicating this sight was manufactured under contract for Inland by the Wadsworth Watch Case Company of Dayton, Kentucky. The Rear Sight Spring retains its original blued finish. The Aperture adjusts smoothly and the Rear Sight Pin is blued and is staked. The rear sight is correctly flat staked on the right side front and rear. The Front Sight is the correct milled type that is unmarked.

The Stock is the correct and fine condition Type II, high-wood stock with the oval oiler cutout. The right side of the stock contains the correct Inland Ordnance Wheel cartouche that measures approximately .633" in diameter at the outside ring of the circle and approximately .857" from muzzle to breach ends of the cannons. The bottom of the pistol grip has the correct circled “P” proof mark. The Sling Well has the correct “OI” stamp, indicating that the stock was manufactured in South Haven, Michigan by the S.E. Overton Company under contract for Inland Division. The Stock is in excellent condition and shows minor dings and scratches. The Handguard is the Type II Handguard with two rivets. The handguard is marked “OI”, indicating that it was also manufactured by the S.E. Overton Company. The Recoil Plate is the correct parkerized Type II marked “D.I.” indicating production by the Dayton Mold Company based out of Dayton, Ohio.

The Barrel Band is the correct Type I early band marked “UI” on the right side and the wide swivel is also marked "UI," both of which indicate that they were produced for Inland by the Union Hardware Company of Torrington, Connecticut. Both the band swivel retain the majority of their dark finish. The Butt Plate is the 2nd Type Inland type with the non-diagonal checkered pattern, four complete diamonds on the top (with one half-diamond on either side) and two complete diamonds on the bottom (with one half-diamond on either side).

This M1 also includes a good condition olive drab “C-tip” canvas sling. The tips of the sling and the 2nd Type flat buckle all exhibit wear. The blackened brass "pull-the-dot" fastener and post secure perfectly. The sling secures an oiler marked “IS” for International Silver. The oiler retains the majority of its original parkerized finish.

The M1 also comes with an original 15-round Magazine that retains 95% of its blued finish. The Magazine is the early type with the Type II flat floorplate that is marked with sans serif “U” on the spine indicating it was manufactured by the Union Hardware Company of Torrington, Connecticut. This carbine headspaces correctly using Clymer “GO” and “NO GO” gauges and it functions perfectly.

This carbine is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano rifle hard case. This carbine will also come with an historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

 

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