The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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Elvis’ experience in the Army fostered an admiration for firearms that only flourished over time. Elvis owned firearms and guns in all shapes and sizes, and offered is Elvis’ U.S. manufacture Carbine M1A1 .30 caliber rifle. The Carbine M1 was popular in WWII and was the type of rife that commonly issued to soldiers and was supplied for use in the tanks of Elvis’ division in the Army. This firearm was produced by Inland Manufacturing in 1943. Inland Manufacturing was a division of General Motors, established in 1922 to produce wood-wrapped steering wheels. With the advent of World War II, Inland began production of the M1 Carbine rifle and manufactured most of the tooling to build it. It become one of the most important divisions of General Motors, supporting the war effort and producing almost 150,000 of this model during the war. Inland also produced 50,000 of the M1A1 Paratrooper “folding stock” model, with Inland’s total production at over 3 million firearms in less than five years.

The M1A1 was designed specifically for the paratrooper’s need for a compact yet powerful weapon during WWII. There were two production runs of the M1A1—in October 1942 and October 1943—with serial numbers ranging from 42,000 to 850,000. With its shorter length (because of the folding stock, which allowed for greater maneuverability in small spaces) and the lighter-than-rifle weight of the weapon, the M1A1 was also popular during the Korean War. The M1A1 has the same features as the M1 of the era, including non-adjustable flip-up rear sights, wood stocks, narrow barrel bands and flat-top bolts. The M1A1 is a semi-automatic weapon that fires a .30 caliber cartridge from a detachable 15-round magazine and is fitted with wooden pistol grip and folding wire stock (reducing the overall length when not in use).

The offered model U.S. Carbine .30 caliber M1 rifle is the M1A1 folding stock variant also known as the “Paratrooper Model,” with serial number 650505. This rifle comes with a detailed letter from Dick Grob which states in part: 

In the 1970’s Elvis frequented Palm Springs, California where he had a house. During these visits he often went to the police shooting range to fire different weapons. He also visited several gun stores located in the city. One of his favorites was Rohrbock’s Gun Store where he obtained some weapons and other items. One time in that store, Elvis saw a U.S. Carbine, .30 Cal, M1, which was manufactured by Inland Arms, a division of General Motors, in September 1943, serial number 650505 that had a folding stock. This particular weapon that Elvis owned was used in World War II, and also used in the Korean Conflict. This was a similar type of carbine that he trained with in the Army, except for the folding stock. It was also the type of weapon that was held in his tank in case the crew needed to fire at the enemy. Immediately after obtaining this weapon, I took Elvis to the Police Range where he fires several hundred rounds in it. [sic] Elvis had me keep this weapon in Palm Springs so he could shoot it whenever he was in Palm Springs. That weapon was still in my possession when Elvis passed away and I offered to return it to Vernon Presley. He told me to keep it as he did not want any more firearms around the house.

Given that the Carbine M1 likely held a special place in Elvis’ heart from his Army days, the acquisition and use of this variant is no surprise. The rifle measures 38 inches (96.52 cm) in length and is offered with a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The rifle presents in working order. It does fire, but has not been fired with live ammunition in some time. The wooden stock shows signs of use, but has been well-maintained. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Used U.S. Carbine .30 Caliber M1 Rifle (M1A1 Model)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,375.00
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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