Thanks to John Blood for providing the serial number info.If you have a Universal M1 Carbine, especially one with a SN in the transition ranges listed below, or examples that don't fit the range, please send the following info to blood.john(at)or to [email protected] were then one of the main armouries to overhaul M1 carbine production post war and any parts manufactured by Springfield carry an SA stamp.
The quality of Universal M1 copies was usually not to bad, but not up to the standards of the U. Universal gained a bad reputation when a minute few (albeit justifiable) would fire before the bolt was in full battery. Here's an excellent history of the Universal company, along with details on the various versions: Firearms started out as Bullseye in 1950, and later changed their name to Universal Firearms.They were bought by Iver Johnson in 1983, who were then bought by American Military Arms Corp (AMAC) in 1987.Unfortunately, this is one of the non-GI parts, and aren't available anywhere I know of.It may be weldable, or it may turn have turned this one into a parts gun.Universals were popular due to their low price, and many people bought them from hardware stores, Sears, Wards, and other local gun sources back when Americans could buy guns in their neighborhoods.Universal's records are long gone, but some information has been collected from serial numbers and configurations of known guns.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.This resulted in the ability of the rifle to fire out of battery. Also made repair stockage parts for the government.Fortunately, the CMP carbines, while more expensive, are a good alternative.Springfield didnt actually make WW2 M1 carbines, but did take a large delivery of tooling and parts in 1944 as production slowed down.