How Much is this M1 Carbine Worth?


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Captains1911
May 2, 2014, 12:27 PM
A friend is interested in selling me this re-arsenaled 1945 Inland M1 Carbine. It does not appear to have any import marks. Does anybody know what a fair price might be? Thanks.

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Djay
May 2, 2014, 01:37 PM
Posting these photos on the CMP's carbine sub forum will likely get you the best input.
CMP stands for Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Based upon your photos the carbine appears to be in very good condition. I would try to get a muzzle wear reading simply by placing a 30.06 round into the muzzle. If at least a 1/4" of copper shows above the muzzle there is likely plenty of life left in the barrel.

A fair price with a good barrel would be around $750 in my opinion.

Captains1911
May 2, 2014, 01:42 PM
I actually did post this on the CMP forum, but thought I would try here as well. Thanks.

1KPerDay
May 2, 2014, 01:44 PM
Yeah, $650-$800 depending on condition of the barrel, IMO.

Nice rifle.

rule303
May 2, 2014, 04:18 PM
It would probably sell for $750-800 retail assuming the barrel is good (they usually are since .30 carbine is low pressure and has always been non-corrosive). Pretty typical late feature Inland, and the most common configuration seen on the market. They are a neat piece of history, and fun to shoot.

carbine85
May 2, 2014, 04:46 PM
IMHO I say somewhere between $600 - $750. I see guys pick them up for less once in a while. The condition of the stock and cartouches are a plus.

RCArms.com
May 2, 2014, 05:06 PM
Very nice and collectible late production Inland. Correct barrel and rear sight for the late serial and a hand stamped on top of it.

It's been rebuilt at least once, but that does not effect value nearly as much. If this one came in to me for sale, it would likely sell quickly at @ $1,000

Best

Don

Gordon
May 2, 2014, 05:31 PM
At least $800 !

Captains1911
May 2, 2014, 06:31 PM
I've talked him down to $850, he won't go any lower. I really want one of these in my collection, and considering its a private sale with no tax, transfer, or shipping, I don't think I can find a similar one for less, at least I haven't yet.

Awsomepossum
May 2, 2014, 06:46 PM
850 isn't bad, get it

rondog
May 2, 2014, 07:08 PM
Don't forget to ask him for the accessories like magazines, ammo, spare parts, etc. Unless of course he still has another Carbine and is keeping that stuff.

rondog
May 2, 2014, 07:19 PM
Say, when you disassembled the carbine for the photos, did you remove the screw at the back of the receiver and remove the recoil lug too? Looks like I can see the recoil lug in that photo of the left side of the receiver.

That lug and screw stays put, don't need to remove them to field strip the rifle, that lug actually adjusts the fit of the action in the stock. You just remove the sling from the front loop, loosen the screw on the barrel band, push the detent spring down and slide the band forward, then lift the action out of the stock. Tip the barrel up first, and unhook the rear of the receiver from under the lip of the recoil lug. Leave the lug and screw installed.

Looks like the sling's on backwards too, BTW. The buckle goes to the rear, the end with the snap goes through the barrel band loop. Far easier to field strip that way.

Captains1911
May 2, 2014, 07:28 PM
Say, when you disassembled the carbine for the photos, did you remove the screw at the back of the receiver and remove the recoil lug too? Looks like I can see the recoil lug in that photo of the left side of the receiver.

That lug and screw stays put, don't need to remove them to field strip the rifle, that lug actually adjusts the fit of the action in the stock. You just remove the sling from the front loop, loosen the screw on the barrel band, push the detent spring down and slide the band forward, then lift the action out of the stock. Tip the barrel up first, and unhook the rear of the receiver from under the lip of the recoil lug. Leave the lug and screw installed.

Looks like the sling's on backwards too, BTW. The buckle goes to the rear, the end with the snap goes through the barrel band loop. Far easier to field strip that way.
I didn't disassemble it or take the photos, the seller did. Is it harmful to take it apart this way? Thanks for the info.

Tommygunn
May 2, 2014, 07:29 PM
You might note (if you don't know this already) the stock on that is actually an M-2 stock as evidenced by the slot that appears in the wood stock to the left of the bolt most clearly seen in the sixth picture down where you are holding it aimed away from the camera. This slot provided room for the selector switch.
You have a nice carbine there. The lower trigger group is a later feature.
The estimates I've seen are probably pretty good and I agree the stock is in good condition, which is a plus.

CoalTrain49
May 2, 2014, 07:31 PM
I just bought 2 Inlands. I'm learning the ropes so to speak. Yours looks like a pretty good deal at $850. You can set on the fence and wait for a better deal, and they are out there, but you can examine that one and you know what you are buying. As someone said, check the muzzle wear. Some of these have barrels that really need to be replaced. That will run 2-3 hundred. I just broke down and bought a Fulton gauge because I don't think I've bought my last carbine. Demand is going up and supply is going down. ;) I would buy it if the bore was good.

CoalTrain49
May 2, 2014, 07:39 PM
I didn't disassemble it or take the photos, the seller did. Is it harmful to take it apart this way? Thanks for the info.

No, you just don't need to do it. A few times won't hurt anything.

scaatylobo
May 2, 2014, 08:13 PM
In my state [ New York ] at a gun show,the lowest I have seen that carbine in the past year is about 1000.00

And I passed up one like that for 750.00 about 1 years ago,sadly.

Look up the "for sale" on those on the web at all gun sale sites.

I think you will be happily surprised.

Husker_Fan
May 2, 2014, 10:19 PM
I would have said 750-800, but I'm a cheap SOB and it's been a while since I've priced them. 850 may be about right.

Captains1911
May 2, 2014, 11:09 PM
No, you just don't need to do it. A few times won't hurt anything.
After researching a little more I fully understand what you mean. I wonder then how the recoil lug appears to be attached to the receiver in the photo? Shouldn't the lug just fall off when held at that angle, or does it fit snugly into the back of the receiver?

rondog
May 2, 2014, 11:29 PM
Might just be barely held there by friction, maybe a little rust or goo. But the lug should release from the receiver very easily.

What you do is put the action in the stock with the recoil lug screw backed out, then tighten it down until the front of the action just barely starts to rise up out of the stock. So that the lug is pushing the rear down just a tad, so you kinda have to squeeze the front back down into the stock. Just a little bit! This kinda "preloads" the action, then the recoil lug will pull it into the stock at the rear and the barrel band will pull it in at the front.

At least that's what I read about it somewhere. I've done it on my 3 carbines, seems to work well.

Good luck to ya, I hope you and your friend come to an agreement and you get it! M1 Carbines are awesome, I love mine.

CoalTrain49
May 3, 2014, 12:24 AM
Here's another thing to think about regarding the USGI carbine. A repro will cost anywhere from $700 to $1400 and you still don't have a piece of history. There is a very good chance that there won't be anymore USGI carbines imported into the US. CMP has said just that. That makes for a finite supply that didn't exist a few years ago. In a few years all of them will be north of 1K. It happened to 1911A1's and it's about to happen to carbines.

bannockburn
May 3, 2014, 06:47 AM
I would go $850 on this particular M1 Carbine. There's one at the LGS which is priced at $850 and has import markings on it and is in nowhere near as nice condition as the one shown here.

Gordon
May 3, 2014, 02:18 PM
hurry. don't lose that nice one at $850 ;)

Captains1911
May 4, 2014, 03:19 PM
I had him roughly gauge the muzzle using a 30-06 cartridge. More than 1/4" of the bullet shows, which I understand is an indicator that the barrel is probably in decent condition. I should be picking the rifle up tomorrow for $850, I'm super excited. Thanks everybody for all the help.

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