Inland M1 Carbine
Just trying to get some information on my Inland M-1 Carbine, ser#665****, barrel stamped Inland Mfg. Div, General Motors, 11-44. Also stamped on the barrel is SKY 7 Arlington WA. Mag release is stamped M WA, and the rear sight is stamped LR Co. Any information that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Wayne W; 05-03-2012 at 01:59.
You own a late production Inland. The 11-44 barrel and the rear sight are probably original to the receiver when it was manufactured...The letters on the mag release and rear sight, and on many of the other parts are manufacturer and/or subcontractor ID's. The stamping on the barrel means it was overseas for a time and purchased by an importer, who brought it into this country to sell on the open market. Many imports are good shooters, many others often show considerable wear and/or barrel erosion.
Most all collectors will tell you that an import stamp reduces the carbine's value to some extent, which is why they are usually somewhat less expensive than ones without import stamps. But you can still get a fine import for shooting and sometimes even a decent collectable/restored carbine for the price. If you are able to share some pics here, that would be great.
Last edited by TSimonetti; 05-03-2012 at 04:24.
I will try to post pictures, iut is in nice shape, and the barrel is in good shape as well. How do you tell it was imported ?
The "SKY 7 Arlington WA" that you can see stamped on the barrel is not an original manufacturer stamping or military ID....It is a commercial import stamp
Originally Posted by Wayne W
Last edited by TSimonetti; 05-03-2012 at 04:55.
I just picked up a 6.65 mil Inland with a 12-44 barrel last month.
The WA is really VA for Arlington Virginia. If the SKY is on the left side of the barrel look close and you may see a faint or filled in Blue before the SKY.