Inland Division General Motors US M1 .30 Carbine, serial
number 5401586, manufactured in 1944. This is a Bavaria Prison Guard carbine, marked as such. Some M1
carbines were loaned to Germany/Austria after World War II. Most if not all of
these were marked for the service they were issued to (besides Prison Guard,
other examples include Rural Police, Game Warden, State Police etc). Many were refinished
in black oxide by the Germans during the postwar period, including this one. This
carbine, like all Bavarian M1s, has the last four digits of the serial number
on several parts: bolt, slide, stock and handguard.
The carbine is in excellent used condition. Most parts are Inland, all are described below and shown in photos. Bore is bright,
there is no pitting on any metal parts. The stock has the Inland crossed
cannons and has relatively few dings, no cracks.
We test fired the carbine and it shoots great, see our video.
15 round magazine, sling and oiler noted below are
1944 – Aug 1944. No pitting.
marked “INLAND MFG. DIV. GENERAL MOTORS 7-44” and proof mark “P”. Bore is
bright and shiny. ME=1.
Front sight: marked
Rear sight: adjustable,
stamped, marked “I.R. Co. 7160060”
marked “IO” with sideways “1”, also hand engraved “1586”
Firing pin: marked
type flat lip, marked “W.I.”
Barrel band: second
non-bayonet lug type, marked “II”
laminated type, marked “.U.” in mag well. marked “LGKV”, for “Landes
Gendarmerie Kommando Vorarlberg”. If it was a forged housing, it would probably
also have been marked with the last 4 digits of the serial. It is a laminated Underwood
housing, and the 4 digits would not fit in the usual place, so it only has one
marked “PI” inside, “1586” on handle
straight, marked “KR.”, Rock-Ola
Sear: marked “R.I.”
Stock: walnut, oval
cut low wood, NOT M2 type, marked “IO” and “1586” in sling well, Inland crossed
cannons stamp on right side. No cracks, fewer less than average
dings/scratches, very nice appearance.
four rivets, marked “IO” and “1586”, same condition and appearance as stock
Recoil plate: marked
square checkering pattern
15-round, marked “U”