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Old November 22, 2010, 05:46 PM   #1
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Inland M1 Carbine dated 9-43

Can anyone pass on any information about the value, accessories or basic facts about a Inland M1 Carbine dated 09/1943. All of the serial numbers I could find on the rifle match and it is in very good condition. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old November 22, 2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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CMP was selling them for $495 before they ran out. So I'm guessing $500 if it is in good shape and the barrel (muzzle end) isn't too warn.

You can test the barrel life remaining in a Carbine by using an M2-ball round.

Stick the round in the chamber, each 1/16 inch represents 25% of barrel life remaining. An example, stick in in the muzzle end, if it measures 3/16 from the muzzle to the mouth of the case, you have 75% of barrel life remaining, if 1/8th then 50%.

Good accurate test without having to buy the muzzle gages.

What wore out M1 Carbines (and Garands for that matter) was improper cleaning from the muzzle using jointed cleaning rods.
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Old November 22, 2010, 09:21 PM   #3
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What do you mean all the serial numbers match? On the US M1 carbine there is only one serial number, on the top rear of the receiver (maybe partly covered by the rear sight). If there are other serial numbers, put on by engraving or electric pencil, they are not original and were put on by a foreign government or someone else.

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Old November 23, 2010, 07:45 PM   #4
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Some of the carbines will have two serial numbers (identical numbers) on the top of the receiver

It was because of obstructed serial numbers. The s/n was on the heel, but the new sights could obscure the numbers. The 'flip sights' did not obscure anything, but the improved sights could. Inland was one of the makers that could have obstructed s/ns

So at the rebuild, the s/ns were stamped again (using a jig) if the s/n was obstructed by the sight, in front of the rear sight. My own '43 Inland carbine has this. One of the TMs outlines the process, I forget which

Mebanecop, is this what you meant about matching s/ns?
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