Inland 1942 M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine

Guess what UPS dropped off! *Gallery of pictures below* I will write up a review on this piece of history after some research. I know very little about any of […]
1942_Inland_Paratrooper_M1A1_30_carbine (2)Guess what UPS dropped off!
*Gallery of pictures below*
I will write up a review on this piece of history after some research. I know very little about any of the M1 variants (M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine) and have a lot to learn. If you can drop some knowledge in this area, please leave comments below. I am amazed how light and compact this little beast is. It is no wonder the paratroopers in the European theater in WW2 were happy to receive the M1A1 paratrooper carbine.
Looks like aftermarket magazines are widely available online, just have to decide between 10, 15, and 30 round capacity. Brownell’s has 5 pages of parts listed, even some non-reproduction aftermarket stocks that could be interesting to try out. Given what this rifle cost I will not do any modifications to the rifle, although I might drop the barreled action in an aftermarket stock if it does not require any permanent mods.
Here is how it was described in the dealer’s ad:
“U.S.A. Model M1A1 “paratrooper” semiautomatic carbine # 109442 (.30 Carbine) mfg. by Inland (General Motors) in 1942 with 11-43 dated Underwood barrel. Excellent condition with full Parkerized finish remaining on all metal and having an excellent bore. All late parts (sliding rear sight, lever safety, bayonet lug) with what I am sure is a REPRODUCTION paratrooper stock. Includes 15-round magazine (only where legal), sling (with oiler) and M8A bayonet and scabbard. Not import-marked.”
So… two errors in the ad, both of which the seller has acknowledged and has offered resolution on.
  • no oiler
  • it IS import marked as “SKY / ARLINGTON VA.”
Otherwise, looks like it may not have been fired since refurb, as no wear at all on the Parkerized parts that would show finish wear with firing and the reproduction stock didn’t even have any handling marks.
It has a little scratch or two now from folding the stock in during the photo session. 🙁
Inland started producing M1A1 Paratrooper Carbines in 1942. So, it seems plausible that this was originally a paratrooper. However, my limited research suggests that inland did not keep records of which serial numbers were M1 Carbines and which were M1A1 Paratrooper Carbines. If anyone knows of a way to tell if this receiver was originally issued as a M1 or M1A1, please leave a comment below.
Markings (pictures in the gallery below):
Front sight: “P0 Q” or “P0 0”
Front barrel band: “AI”
Rear sight: appears to be a “H” on a shield
Trigger housing: “BE-B”
Safety selector: appears to be “M” or “W” inside a circle
Hammer: very faint double stamped “WA”
Sear: “RIA”
Trigger: “M” or “W”
Bolt lug: “A.T. L” ? (4 characters, but only first 2 clearly readable)
Magazine: “IA”
Slide: “V”
Gallery of 1942 M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine

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