Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3421: Inland Division Presentation Semi-Automatic M1 Carbine

Auction Date: September 13, 2020

Rare World War II Inland Division Presentation Semi-Automatic M1 Carbine Serial Number "XC29"

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Rare World War II Inland Division Presentation Semi-Automatic M1 Carbine Serial Number "XC29"

Manufacturer: Inland
Model: M1 Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 30 M1 Carbine
Barrel: 18 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 206
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This is an example of a rare World War II Inland Division Presentation Grade M1 Carbine that was manufactured by the General Motors Corp., serial number "XC29". During the later stages of WWII, the General Motors Company designated a specific serial number block of M1 carbine receivers for use as either experimental or prototype carbines. Towards the end of the war. they decided to just utilize these "X" prefix serial numbered receivers for Presentation Grade M1 Carbines, intended as gifts for senior military members as well as executives within the General Motors Corp. There were approximately 100 of the "XC" serial numbered receivers manufactured. Any original example is rare and highly sought by advanced M1 Carbine or World War II 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. We do not have any history as to who this was presented to. The front receiver ring is marked "U.S. CARBINE/CAL. 30 M1", and the rear of the receiver is marked with the early larger style "INLAND DIV/XC29" under the rear sight. The barrel marked "INLAND MFG. DIV/GENERAL MOTORS/9-44" with a single small "P" proof stamped in the middle of the exposed barrel. It has a later type two barrel band with no bayonet lug with a small triangle symbol on the right side. It has a late "IO" marked, round blued bolt, a stamped, adjustable rear sight, late production "PI" marked operating slide, a late production three M1 trigger housing with the sideways "INLAND" marking, and the correct "HI" marked hammer. It also has the later flip safety and "M" marked magazine catch. It is fitted with the original Inland Division subcontracted M1 carbine stock marked with an "HI" proof in the sling slot and a four rivet "IO" marked walnut handguard. There are no U.S. Government acceptance proofs which is correct as this was never accepted by the U.S. Army. It has a green canvas sling and a blued 15 round magazine that is marked "I.I." on the spine.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 98% plus of the original wartime green parkerized finish overall with a hint edge and high spot wear, finish loss on the right side receiver rail, and some light thinning on the bolt body. The markings are clear and sharp. The stock and handguard are both also in excellent condition with a nice matching light honey colored linseed oil finish. A wonderful example of one of the rare XC serial number range Inland Division presentation grade M1 Carbines.

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