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Old 06-24-2021, 08:23 PM
Fogtripper Fogtripper is offline
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Friends do not let friends buy Universal Carbines.

Just dont
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Old 06-25-2021, 03:39 AM
309Carbine 309Carbine is offline
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Just don’t throw the baby out with the bath-water. Don’t paint them all with a broad brush (that one’s for Charlie Painter��).

If one happens to run across a Universal with a low serial number, it will be a USGI 100% compatible carbine. As serial numbers increase, commercial parts begin to show up. I would start avoiding anything above SN 18,000. You might start seeing aluminum trigger housings and some commercial internals in that range, but most parts that matter are usually USGI and Universal receivers were forged steel. Everything is interchangeable on the early guns, even stocks. You start seeing set screw sights, boxed trigger housings and modified stocks after that. Don’t just center on the slide, the late redeaux and LE contract carbines might have a GI slide, but late Universal junk on the inside.

I have had experience with two and they were good carbines. Be mindful, at todays prices well above $1,000, an early Universal for the right price may not be a bad buy. The vast majority are junk, but if you know what to look for, you can find a safe and reliable shooter.

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Old 06-25-2021, 11:55 AM
painter777 painter777 is offline
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Location: Central Lower Michigan
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"If one happens to run across a Universal with a low serial number,"

I didn't touch on the Lows because I thought they were already covered very well earlier in the thread.

Cheers 309,
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Old 06-30-2021, 12:23 AM
brianm767 brianm767 is offline
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I would pass since its a gen 3. At $750 your not too far away from a GI shooter, deals do still come up from time to time. I purchased three last year in the $800-$1100 range. The $1100 dollar file came with 500RDs of ammo, a bayonet and a very nice repo paratrooper stock . I sold the stock and bayo for $300 making the rifle final cost $800 . One Inland and two Saginaw's.

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