M1 Carbine question

Discussion in 'Guns & Ammo' started by Poor Valley, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Poor Valley

    Poor Valley Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Rolla, Mo
    There is a M1 30 cal military(?) carbine for sale on a local bulletin board. The markings are said to be ; on stock IO
    on barrel Inland 6-44

    Anybody know anything about these marks and what they mean?
     
  2. glennasher1

    glennasher1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Radcliff, KY
    Inland made most of the M1 Carbines during WWII, the cartouche on the stock is probably one of the other subcontractors, but I'm not sure about that. They made 6 million or so carbines during the war, with all the various makers (there were several, Winchesters bring the most money). I owned a Postal Meter carbine for awhile, Rock-ola, National Postal Meter, IBM, Standard Products, Quality Hardware, Underwood Elliot Fisher, Saginaw, dang, you made me drag out my reference books! All told, between these makers, 6 million or so. The IO is probably an arsenal rework or some such.
     

  3. Chairman

    Chairman Senior Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    Henry County
    Looks like the Inland 6-44 could signify that it was manufactured in June 1944?

    I don't know a whole lot about them, myself. My Dad gave me a Winchester M1 carbine a few years back, but I've yet to shoot it.

    I bought a case of ammo for it last year, just haven't done anything with it. I went round & round with the place I ordered it from ~ took almost 6 months to finally receive my order. I'll NEVER order ammo from Sportsman's Guide, EVER again...

    Thanks for the reminder though ~ I just might have to do sumpin' 'bout that this weekend... :D
     
  4. Nicholas

    Nicholas New Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Saint Charles, MO
    Inland was I believe a manufacturing division of General Motors at the time of WWII, and I was curious if this was a Pearl Harbor bringback. Otherwise, in Pearl at some time during the war, not necessarily 120741.
     
  5. Just out of curiousity, what are they asking for it??? I have one that was given to me by my dad as a wedding present/pass on that he got from the NRA when they were selling em off. Said he only paid 15 bucks for it in the mid 60's and I have all the original packing slips and sales reciepts to go with it as well as 7 magazines, 5 shot and 15 shot mix. Not that I don't think I'd ever sell it, just curious as to what it might worth. It's a fun little gun to shoot as well. dad keep's tellin' me that's the gun to use around here in the brush and woods, short and lightweight.
     
  6. Poor Valley

    Poor Valley Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Rolla, Mo
    SW the guy is asking $475 for it. Some are worth a lot more.

    What is the lever in the front part of trigger guard for? It's been 40 years since I handled one of these things and I simply have forgotten. Safety?
     
  7. gmbellew

    gmbellew Member

    517
    Jan 10, 2005
    KCMO
    the safety is on the front of the trigger guard - you are correct. it has been a while since i shot mine, but i believe pulling it towards you is fire, and away from you is safe.

    they are fun to plink with, and ammo is getting cheaper all the time. depending on the condition, that seems like an ok price if it is in good condition. the values on these guns have been increasing lately (even for the mixed-matched parts ones).
     
  8. glennasher1

    glennasher1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Radcliff, KY
    Inland 6-44 is the date of barrel manufacture, if the barrel isn't original (could be an arsenal rework) it could have been made at about any time. I don't think the carbine was adopted until AFTER Pearl Harbor (1943 comes to mind) my reference book doesn't have those dates, for some reason. I've had a couple of them, the surplus carbines are worth some money these days, for what reason, I don't speculate. But, $475 is a pretty darned good price these days.
     
  9. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    yeah a real good price,let me know if your not gonna buy it:eek:
     
  10. Poor Valley

    Poor Valley Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Rolla, Mo
  11. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    thanks pv ,l'll see if i can get my hands on it,knowin my luck it is gone.:cheers:
     
  12. Poor Valley

    Poor Valley Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Rolla, Mo
    Let me know if I can be of help. I live in Rolla. Jerry