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Old 10-24-2005, 04:24 AM   #1
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Inlands between 140,000 & 170,000

Looking for help from owners of Inland carbines with serial numbers between 140,000 and 170,000. Some Inlands (if not all) have small numbers in this range. If you have an Inland in this range could you please post whether it has the large or small numbers. I am trying to determine if ALL Inlands in this range are small or if it was mixed. Any theories as to why the different sizes? Thanks.

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Old 10-24-2005, 04:31 AM   #2
 
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My Inland ser# 1603XX is small numbers. I have no idea why there would be different size stampings???
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Old 10-24-2005, 03:49 PM   #3
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Newscott,
Inland 167,xxx small
Inland 209,xxx large

I'm going to answer this quiz before anyone else. The reason some numbers are smaller is because THEY USED SMALLER DIES !!

Sorry man , but I know somebody would have sooner or later.
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Old 10-24-2005, 04:54 PM   #4
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Yes, they did use smaller dies. But why only between 140,000 and 170,000 or thereabouts. Then they used the big dies they were using before. The big dies were used up until the end of the first block except the SI/SG receivers used a different die as well. That die was smaller than the big dies but bigger than the small dies. Also the number styles are different. The number style used late in the Inland contract are very similar to the 140-170,000 numbers.

I would almost think that the 140-160,000 small numbers were restamped later receivers except that almost all have 12-42 or 1-43 barrels and several originals have turned up that prove otherwise. One theory I have is that these are subcontract receivers but I have no documented evidence to prove this.
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Old 10-25-2005, 06:25 PM   #5
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Newscot,
Thats right barrel dates are 1/43 for both of mine. So who do you think subcontracted these receivers? Any other differences I can look for?
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:32 PM   #6
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The subcontract idea is only a theory. I have NO PROOF. In War Baby, there are two companies that Ruth says supplied receiver forgings to Inland. Could one of those two companies have actually been making whole receivers? Who knows.

For what other reason would Inland have stamped 25-30,000 receivers in the small number style and then stopped for the rest of the serial number block? If they were using two sets of dies as Tailgunner suggests, then why would the two sets be mixed throughout the block? Or at least continued until the end of the block. The small style numbers appear to be identical to the style numbers used in the later Inland serial number blocks.

Once again I am trying to determine the answer to this puzzle . It may be a futile effort, but it is what makes carbine collecting exciting to me.
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Old 10-26-2005, 05:19 AM   #7
 
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My Inland 1682XX has small numbers as well.
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