Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3418: Presentation Grade U.S. Inland M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine

Auction Date: September 13, 2020

Desirable Presentation Grade Serial Number X94 U.S. Inland M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Desirable Presentation Grade Serial Number X94 U.S. Inland M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine

Manufacturer: Inland
Model: M1 Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 30 Carbine
Barrel: 18 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 204
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This is a very rare example of a World War II Inland Division Presentation Grade M1 Carbine that was manufactured by the Inland Division of General Motors Corp., serial number "X94". During the initial stages of WWII at the start of production, the General Motors Inland Division designated a specific block of M1 Carbine serial numbers that were intended to be used as experimental carbine receivers. At the end of the war, they decided to just utilize these "X" prefix serial number blocks for presentation type gifts for senior members of the military and executives within the General Motors Corporation. It is estimated that approximately 100 of the "X" serial numbers were set aside, and only a handful of them were actually ever seen for sale with any example being highly sought by advanced collectors today. These carbines were all hand built from left over/select parts and wood to make sure they not only looked good but functioned equally as well. Unfortunately, we do not have any historical information on this specific carbine. The front receiver ring is marked "U.S. CARBINE/CAL. 30 M1", and under the rear sight, the early style, large serial number, "INLAND DIV/X94". The barrel marked "INLAND MFG. DIV/GENERAL MOTORS/9-43" and has a single small "P" proof in front of the barrel band. It has a unmarked, first model narrow barrel band without the bayonet lug, an early unmarked, flat top blued, bolt, a stamped, adjustable rear sight, late production milled M1 trigger housing with the sideways "INLAND" marking, and "HI" marked hammer. It also has an early unmarked push button safety and magazine catch. The carbine features a full polished blue finish with the exception of the rear sight which is parkerized. It is fitted with the highly figured Inland Division M1 carbine stock marked with an "HI" proof in the sling slot and a four rivet "IO" marked walnut handguard (the stock is cut for the M2 selector, which does not apply to this example). This example correctly does not have any U.S. Government acceptance proofs as these were never accepted by the U.S. Army as they are non-standard Presentation M1 Carbines. Includes one 15 round blued "S-C" marked magazine.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 98% plus bright blue finish remaining, some scattered light handling marks, mild cycling marks on the receiver rails. The modified stock is very fine with attractive striped figure, crisp factory stamps, and just a few very small scattered dings. Mechanically excellent. An exceptionally attractive presentation carbine!

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