Universal M1 30 Cal Carbine

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  1. pinkerpv

    pinkerpv New Member

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    I recently purchased a NIB M1 30 Cal Carbine mfg by Universal. It is a type 3 and has the sling, oiler, 2 3 15 rnd magazines and one 10 rnd, original owners manual and even the warranty paper. Also a box of 50 rounds. It came from a collection of friends father in law. It truly looks like it has never been fired. I know it is not one of the actual carbines made for WW 2 and was actually made in the early 80s. I have also heard of some of the firing problems associated with this model w/ the double recoil spring. Good hardwood stock and good metal. No scratches or marks.

    Just did a search and checked the other posts and got some info from them. Sn is 417xxx. I'm going to take it to a gun show tomorrow to see what I can get for it.
    Any idea what it might be worth.
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  2. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville New Member

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    With originals in the $600-$1000 range I think you could get anywhere from $300-$500 for a universal, depending on how bad the buyer wants one.
  3. yaterbob

    yaterbob New Member

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    I had a universal out of Hialeah,Fla. and it had a winchester receiver with winchester trigger and bolt and a universal barrel. and I understand they are made with a poupouri of WWII and Korea era parts which can be intriguing to collectors. Most have WWII receivers and various manufacturers. I put a NOS Win. barrel on it and got $550 6 years ago.
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Early Universals were made with all GI parts. As production continued, more parts were made in-house, including receivers.
    The later models like yours were not GI spec, but were still good guns.
  5. msweeting77

    msweeting77 New Member

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    I recently bought a m1 .30 cal universal rifle serial#105031 would like to know the age of it and value could you help me with this
  6. msweeting77

    msweeting77 New Member

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    also there is supposed to be a lever to hold the reciver
    open but there isn,t
    one wondering why
  7. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    I see them selling for $600-$700 on the auctions. Blue Book is about 1/2 that

    As for age I don't know of any records of the Ser #. Can tell you that you have a low number as there were (corrected) 450,000+ of them turned out by Universal.

    I have # 44,15x that is all Mil parts except barrel and stock


    Here is probably the most complete info compiled on the Universal

    http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_universal.html
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  8. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    Pull the bolt back a push the little button down on top of the cocking piece
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