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M1 Carbine Value

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by WayneK, Sep 30, 2009.

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  1. WayneK

    WayneK Member

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    I would like some opinions on what my M1 Carbine might be worth. It has an Inland 5 didgit (595xx) serial number on reciever and Inland barrel dated 5-44.
    The barrel also has shallow import mark. I think it is INTERARMS ALEX, VA. The walnut stock has no visable cartouche but a slight A A A mark on left side behind the trigger. The stock also has M2 cutout. I have been told by several dealers that it is in very good condition. 2 different dealers have offered me $500 for it but I believe it might be worth more.
     
  2. mgkdrgn

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    What it is worth to a dealer, who then intends to resell it and make a profit (ie, wholesale), and what it can be sold for to an individual for their personal use (retail), is entirely two different things.

    If a dealer offered you $500 for it, than it "should" sell for more than that to an individual. No guarantee that it will.

     
  3. skidooman603

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    Been seeing them selling for around $700 at shows for Inlands. Dependant on condition of course. As stated above, if a dealer offers $500 you can get more
     
  4. amd6547

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    It's worth will depend on the sum of it's parts. If it is "correct", that is, it has all Inland parts of the appropriate era (push button safety, flip sights, non-bayonet barrel band), it is worth much more than $500 or $700.
     
  5. bullturkey

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    I paid 700 for my Inland 2 yrs ago. It is a typical mix-master in very good condition. Since then I priced them = internet/gun shows/private sales etc. Prices seem to start at 600 for a decent one on up, depending on condition and maker. The one drawback you have is the import mark. It does not affect function one bit , but most potential buyers avoid them like the plague especially Blue Sky marked guns. I say do not worry about it and enjoy your piece of history. I love mine.
     
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    Post some photos...............That would help. I am actually surprised a gun dealer offered you $500 for it. A listing of all the markings on the Carbines parts would help too.........
     
  7. Orlando

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    Good Inlands with no Import Marks can be bought for $500.00- $600.00 all day long. The market is flooded with them since CMP released theirs.
    A Import mark detracts from the value. If its a normal mixmaster $500.00 is a fair value
     
  8. amd6547

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    The import mark would not matter if the carbine was an earlier Interarms import with Correct parts. The M2 stock is certainly a replacement, but everything else could be original.
    I see CMP carbines which look like rack grades at the local gun shows going for $600-650.
     
  9. Orlando

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    Two identical carbines, same parts and condition one has Import mark one doesnt. Which will be worth less?
    The one with the Import mark
     
  10. amd6547

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    Master of stating the obvious, Orlando.
    Two carbines, one Correct but with an import mark, one CMP mixmaster, no import mark. Now which one is worth more?
     
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    Master of rudeness, you said "The import mark would not matter if the carbine was an earlier Interarms import with Correct parts"
    I'm saying yes it does matter. A Import mark will always detract from the value
     
  12. amd6547

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    Correctness of the carbine as a whole matters more. A genuine GI push safety sells for $100 by itself...same with GI flip sights...same with non bayonet bands.
    We really don't know what the OP has in his carbine. 5/44 barrel date seems late to me for a 5-digit Inland. A lot more than the presence of an import mark goes into a carbines worth. An all correct 5 digit Inland, correct in all it's small parts and with the correct stock and dated Inland barrel is certainly worth more, with import mark, than a CMP mixmaster with no import mark.
    I say that as a proud owner of a CMP Inland which I personally picked out at CMP North. It is a mixmaster, but I love it.
     
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    I agree
     
  14. SaxonPig

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    Prices vary wildly based on numerous criteria. A dealer cannot offer full retail value as he has to make a profit. Frankly, I'm surprised a dealer offered $500 as I don't think he could sell it for much more than that. I would expect a dealer to offer maybe $350 hoping to sell it for $450-$500. I have seen some dealers offer a lot less than that.

    I bought a gun almost identical to yours 4 months ago for $419. I see them at the shows tagged at $650-$700 but they don't seem to sell real fast at that level since I keep seeing the same guns on the tables show after show, month after month.

    BTW- Folks who know a whole lot more than me about M1 Carbines say there is no such thing as a totally correct one. They were all rebuilt after the war. The only way one escaped the overhaul was to have been purloined by someone and carried home in a duffel bag. I think that happened a lot. My dad had a 1911 he "liberated" during his stint in the Navy 1942-45.
     
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    My own opinion...two dealers have already offered $500. Since dealers generally offer about half a firearms true worth (at best, in my experiance), this carbine deserves a closer look.
    The OP should post some pics and run a thread on the CMP carbine forum to get the facts.
     
  16. pwillie

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    Our recession has caused some guns that were valued at the top 800.00 now can be bought for around 500.00. Look hard,don't be to anxious to buy. If you want s hooter,the markings don't matter,but I want one that definitely was made back when the NRA was selling them for 19.95 with a subscription(around the mid-sixties)
     
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