This is an example of a late WWII M1 carbine manufactured by the Inland Division of General Motors Corp. featuring the scarce and desirable "hand stamped" receiver. Manufactured late in M1 carbine production concurrently with the first M2 automatic carbines, these “hand stamped” receivers were machine stamped with "M" and the number left blank so "1" or "2" could be hand stamped later in production based on need. M1/M2 hand stamped receivers fall in the 6629884-7234883 serial number range and, compared to overall production, make up a small percentage of M1 receivers. This example is showing all the very late war features such as a milled rear sight, type three "AI" barrel band, blued round bolt assembly, milled trigger guard, push button safety, and the "M" marked magazine release. The walnut stock is stamped with the Ordnance Department crossed cannon cartouche on the right side behind "WRA/GHD" (Winchester Repeating Arms/Guy H. Drewry), "W" in the sling slot, and has a four-rivet "H.I." walnut handguard. As stated, the receiver has the desirable and scarce hand stamped “1” which is located to the right of the "M" on the receiver ring markings. “INLAND DIV./6749349" marked on the heel of the receiver. "INLAND MFG. DIV./GENERAL MOTORS/1-45" marked barrel. Large stenciled letters "200" marked in white paint on the right of the buttstock. Magazine absent. Includes an oiler and an olive drab green leather sling. Consignor notes indicate this example was sold through the DCM. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very fine, retaining 95% original parkerized finish with some light handling marks, 70% plus original blue finish on the bolt, and a few dings on the buttplate. Stock is a fine earlier production replacement with some scattered scratches and dents, and painted letters as mentioned above. Mechanically excellent.