This is an attractive WWII M1 Carbine manufactured by the General Motors Corp, that is fitted with a exceptional set of slightly fancy "tiger striped" walnut stock and handguard set. It comes with one of the Inland factory hinged walnut display/storage cases that has small brass presentation name plate affixed on top of the lid. On the plate there is a facsimile of a signature: "Joseph C. SXXXXXXX" with the last name being unreadable; however,it is certainly authentic and worth further investigation. During the later stages of WWII the General Motors/Inland Div. designated several M1 carbines to be presented to senior members of the military as well as executives within the General Motors Corp. This carbine has the standard "U.S. CARBINE/M1" markings on the front receiver ring with the correct "INLAND DIV" over serial number on the rear ring, and the barrel is marked "INLAND MFG. DIV/GENERAL MOTORS" 2-44. It still retains the original type two barrel band without a bayonet lug marked "II" on the side. It is also fitted with a blued late production round blued bolt, marked "IO on the side of the lug, the late milled and adjustable rear sight, marked "HI", a late production M2 operating slide (correct for this time frame) marked "P" in a box inside the bottom of the slide. It is fitted with the correct type three trigger guard with the standing "INLAND" marking facing the rear of the trigger guard. Internally, it is fitted with a smooth push button safety, an "M" marked M1 magazine release, a "HI" marked hammer and blued internal components. It is fitted with an early WWII type, low wood, oval oiler slot M2 walnut stock. It is marked "HI" in the sling slot. It also comes with an early two rivet, low profile "IO" marked walnut handguard. As noted, it is complete with one of the original factory walnut display cases with a small brass name plaque on the lid. It also comes with a 5 shot blued magazine, a 1913 three piece brass cleaning rod, a 1923 Kerr No-Buckle sling and a WWII olive green sling with the correct "U" clips on the ends.
Excellent with 99% of the original combination WWII dark green and blued finish on the appropriate parts. The replacement fancy "tiger striped" walnut stock and handguard are both excellent with a nice original oil finish showing only very minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The display case is in excellent condition with all the hinges and locks in place and the outside also showing only very minor handling marks or varnish wear. Certainly an attractive WWII M1 Carbine set.
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