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Discussion in 'Sold/Expired' started by Brew_Vet, Oct 26, 2016.
Universal M1 Carbine, great shape and a good shooter.
Do you know it its 1st, 2nd, or 3rd generation? Has it had any slide issues?
Believe it is second gen, 6 digit serial number beginning with 32. Action works smooth.
This website puts that SN solidly into the "third generation" range.
QUOTE: Second Generation:
(Started between SN 93xxx - 104xxx, ended between SN 176xxx and 187xxx)
The second generation is where Universal got creative, started redesigning things, added the second recoil spring, and started to machine their own parts. This model eliminated the bolt locking mechanism all together. These had a leaf style flip rear sight, round bolt, magazine catch marked M, and new trigger housing. These could still accept the USGI trigger housing, and some had the M2 style metal upper handguard. The front sight was held on with a setscrew, rather than pinned as the USGI is.
The transition in production between second generation and third generation is somewhere between 176xxx and 187xxx.
(Started between SN 176xxx and 187xxx, went until end of production)
The third generation included cost saving designs that started the company's reputation for poor quality.
Changes included a slide lock lever by the rear sight, the trigger housing was made of aluminum,
and several safety features were deleted to reduce costs.
The highest serial number documented so far is 486xxx.
P.S. I love M1 Carbines, and I think a lot of folks would be well-served with one for a home defense / zombie uprising gun.
If this one works well, I would not hesitate to buy it, even if most of its parts deviate from the U.S.G.I. design and quality.
I'd feed it only recently made factory new ammo (no foreign milsurp, no 40+ year old U.S. surplus ammo, and no reloads / remanufactured ammo), and I would bet my life on it working if the S. were to H.T.F.
Thanks for the info. As mentioned it is a good shooter. I need to make some room in the safe, lowering price one last time, have a few offers from gun stores if it doesn't sell here will take it to them.