What is this rifle worth and where can I get more info on it?


December 10, 2009, 12:39 PM

It is a nickel/chrome finish, first I've ever seen. Can anyone tell me more from the serial number?


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December 10, 2009, 12:46 PM
It is pretty. I know that much.

December 10, 2009, 01:17 PM

It's an M1 Carbine. The operating handle appears to have been chromed the rest looks like it was parkerized.

December 10, 2009, 04:39 PM










more pics!

December 10, 2009, 04:55 PM
Looks like someone with a chrome shop destroyed an otherwise nice old M1 Carbine!!

Too Bad!

Value would now be in the eye of the beholder & whatever you could get out of it.
But not as much as it would have been.


Tim the student
December 10, 2009, 05:03 PM
First, I am not really educated on what makes certain carbines more valuable that others.

I do know that the more original (correct parts from the original manufacturer from the right time period) the more it will be worth.

I think that safety is from a rebuild at an arsenal, (again, I am not positive) which makes me think that other parts are not original (as it originally came from the manufacturer I mean).

The barrel is an Inland, is that who made the receiver? Inland made the most, so if it is an Inland, it will be worth less than a Saginaw (all other things being equal.) What does the bore look like? Is it there more pitting under the wood? These things will all have an impact on the value.

I personally would think that the chrome would detract from the value. I also think that the condition of the rest of the metal would detract from the value as well.

If I were you, I would post that here: http://www.thecmp.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6. It's a link the the CMP forums, and some of the guys that "hang out" there have forgotten more about Garands, 1903's, and Carbines than I will ever learn. This thread may also help you:http://parallaxscurioandrelicfirearmsforums.yuku.com/topic/24460/t/m1-carbine-date.html There is a chart on it that has the "born on" dates. (I can't clearly read the manufacturer, or the SN, but I'm sure you can.)

For my guess on it's worth, I would guess maybe $600. The CMP is selling rack grade Inlands for $419, for whatever thats worth, but they are obviously not chromed.

It is definitely cool though, so if you are happy with it, then that's all that matters.

Let us know how it shoots when you get it cleaned up.

December 10, 2009, 05:06 PM
Yeah, in unadulterated condition, that little beauty would be worth...what, about $800? As it is, you could get maybe $500 or so. All depends on what someone wants, as already pointed out.

December 10, 2009, 05:25 PM
You need to scrub the rust and cosmoline off of it, looks like you have a bit of both. That looks like a Winchester logo under the rear sight (which is adjusted far to the right). I'd suspect some one made a 'parade' version out of an otherwise plain jane ww2 carbine.

December 10, 2009, 05:44 PM
It's an Inland M1 Carbine made in May of 1945. I can just make out the "Inland" on the receiver (it's under the rear sight). Looks like Bubba had access to chrome plating. Worth? $400 - $500 (assuming a decent bore) to someone willing to put up with the chrome plating.


December 10, 2009, 09:23 PM
Inland .30 Cal. M1 carbine, made in Dayton, Ohio. Inland was a division of General Motors, made lots of these during WWII.

December 10, 2009, 10:45 PM
Since the finish is already boned I would consider having it refinished.

December 11, 2009, 12:20 PM
Is this a good base gun to work on? I have access to bead blaster and park solution. Can make it look original. =)

December 11, 2009, 03:23 PM
As is isnt worth more than maybe $350.00 depending on condition of barrel and if it is import marked.
Good ( non bubba) carbines can be bought all day long for $500.00

December 11, 2009, 08:22 PM
that rifle is fubared, pretty much anyway. would take love and time to fix it.

I would not give you 200 bucks for it. But to each his own.

December 11, 2009, 08:47 PM
After looking at it again I agree. $350.00 is to much unless it has a very collectable stock

December 12, 2009, 04:30 AM
RC=Voice of Reason as Always..Orlando +1 Tim -1 It's been Bubba'd and looks rough besides If thats worth $600 Ive got some really valuable mix-masters in my safe! :rolleyes:

December 12, 2009, 06:07 AM
Where did you get the Carbine? Private person, gun show, or gun shop. Weird to have cosmoline. Is it a Korean import or a Century hodge podge?

December 12, 2009, 06:16 AM
Has the flood of CMP Carbines really pushed values down that far?

That rifle would have been worth a solid $500 back in 2006 or so, and more if it was cleaned up and re-parked.

I'd think that would be a good 'base' rifle to send off to DGR or Fulton and have it overhauled into a new-ish but beautiful piece.

December 12, 2009, 06:18 AM
Honestly if you are looking to sell it put it up on gunbroker. It may have lost value to collectors and even the casual shooter but to somebody it will look cool and be worth a lot of money. I have seen other rifles go through the chrome plating station and end up pulling a premium. This rifle has just changed from a historical piece to a bling piece. You need to get the bling sparkling, push the bling with good pics, market hard to the gangsta wanna be, and set a high opening bid. The same guy who bought a chrome AK will buy this and pay a premium.

I wouldn't take it other than for a shooter personally. Still it looks like it could be a decent range toy if cleaned up, especially if found for a discount due to the condition.

December 12, 2009, 07:42 AM
Yes the flood of carbines from CMP has pushed down the price
The cheapest carbine form CMP is $419.00. I saw a very , very nice carbine on another gun forum that the guy was trying to sell for $550.00 shipped and no one would even ask about it

December 13, 2009, 10:22 AM
i wonder if it was built for the military for parades, official gatherin' and the like....i could just see a solider all in dress blues standin' guard at a fancy gatherin' at the white house!! when it was new....

Tim the student
December 13, 2009, 09:03 PM
I think it would be worth more, because someone somewhere will be willing to buy it for more.

Most Garands are certainly not worth $900 or a grand, but thats about what they go for at gun shows and gun shops around here - because people are willing to pay that price.

It all boils down to what people are willing to pay, and I think there is some guy with too much money that will think that rifle is stupendously awesome, specifically because of the chrome.

Since there really aren't any any of these around commonly (blinged up that is) the only way for any of us to know is for him to put it up for sale and see what it goes for. It may be $300, or it may be $900. Until then, its just speculation - unless anyone can point out a blinged up Inland that has been sold recently. It's not like commenting on the value of a 2 year old 870.

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