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Old 03-15-2019, 9:40 PM
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Default How much is a Universal carbine worth?

Whatís the market look like for Universal built ďM1Ē carbines? Are early ones worth more than late ones? Vice versa? Is the market going up or down?

I donít follow them but I ask because a while back a friend picked up a 70ís era Universal carbine (my best guess based upon features and a 375### block serial number). Itís in nice condition - not all beat up - but heís not really in love with it (would rather have a legit USGI one). Someone offered him $650 for it which seemed like a good price for my friend but Iím not sure if Iím off base here.

I know photos would help value this specific rifle but Iím really trying to get a real world (hence my reluctance to simply rely upon Gunbroker searches) grasp of the market for this branch of the carbine family.
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Old 03-16-2019, 2:51 AM
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The earlier carbines are commercial receivers built with USGI parts. Those generally are worth a bit more, and may indeed have some desireable parts. Still, Universal's are near the bottom of the barrel, and $650 would be a good selling price for your friend.
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Old 03-16-2019, 8:14 AM
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OP, I don't know about the value of Universal M1 carbines, but the later ones produced had design changes that made parts incompatible with USGI spec M1 carbines. This definitely may lessen the value in the eyes of many M1 carbine buyers.

Read the following about Universal made M1 carbines if you want to know more:

http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_universal.html
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If me I might pay $650 for an early Universal, but not for a later Universal, Think I'd just get an Auto Ordinance.
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Getting paid to get rid of a Universal? Tell your buddy to do it, do it now before somebody sells the buyer some magic beans.
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Old 03-16-2019, 9:20 AM
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The earlier carbines are commercial receivers built with USGI parts. Those generally are worth a bit more, and may indeed have some desireable parts. Still, Universal's are near the bottom of the barrel, and $650 would be a good selling price for your friend.
Thatís kinda what I figured - thanks
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Old 03-16-2019, 9:21 AM
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OP, I don't know about the value of Universal M1 carbines, but the later ones produced had design changes that made parts incompatible with USGI spec M1 carbines. This definitely may lessen the value in the eyes of many M1 carbine buyers.

Read the following about Universal made M1 carbines if you want to know more:

http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_universal.html
Yup, read all that. Itís how I concluded it was a later production unit. Thanks
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Old 03-16-2019, 9:22 AM
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Getting paid to get rid of a Universal? Tell your buddy to do it, do it now before somebody sells the buyer some magic beans.
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Old 03-16-2019, 9:23 AM
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If me I might pay $650 for an early Universal, but not for a later Universal, Think I'd just get an Auto Ordinance.
Fair enough - thanks
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:29 AM
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The later Universals I have seen at shops usually in the $300-350 range.
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Yeah, I told him to take the money - soon
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Old 03-16-2019, 8:56 PM
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Way too high for a Universal. No collector interest and marginal function based on what I've read over the years. I have had issues with postwar carbines. But USGI carbines run like crap through a goose.
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