Read the website Joker gave you. Plainfield marketed at least a few guns in the. You may need to pull the block and piston a bit more often to clean the port. Runs like a top and very accurate. It looks to be a very stylized S in a circle. Second generation carbines were produced with double operating rod springs which wasn't accepted by carbine lovers so it got a poor reputation.
My Inland is leaps and bounds above the Plainfield in every way, however. They will refuse to work together. The new-made Inland, however, has advantages more practical rather than sentimental. The web pages currently online for Universal are sorely in need of an overhaul and update. In addition, a taller front sight would lower bullet impacts. I have an older Universal that my Dad bought in the mid 60's. One problem I have is that when putting a mag in with the action open, the first round always starts stovepiping, just with the pressure of inserting it.
Look for a review of the revised carbine next year. I have a Plainfield Machine carbine, which is roughly about as good as an early Universal, and it shoots okay. It's not that hard to figure out, though. Just learned to do the work myself. Then, once I receive it, is off to replace parts and turn it into an M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine.
I've had Carbines since the early 1960's. If the hybrid design was flawed to the degree some have claimed no company would have survived this long making only their hybrid carbines. The second iteration is acceptable overall; it is the third iteration that revealed some serious problems which were caused by changes in material quality and cost-saving design features. It may be an easy fix that I don't know. However it is best to steer away from the later models with the 'skeletonized' op-rod. The number of changes implemented by Universal over that time has made reconstructing the history of their carbines a real challenge. It should atleast be 40 or better.
Many ammunition manufacturers make softpoint or hollowpoint. The changes included the use of cast parts with improper hardening of both cast parts and parts milled from forged steel. Enough so that manufacturing brand new carbines has become economically viable, given the market demand: we can now buy a brand-new M1 carbine for about the average cost of a used one. Keep in mind Universal existed from 1962-1984 manufacturing over 480,000 carbines. Consider upgrading your membership for less than a box of bullets! I do have a couple of questions for you. The left side of the sighting groove relieved into the forearm is much higher than the right side, almost completely eclipsing the left sight protector.
Failure of the slide to fully travel Its a clogged port man. The third generation resulted in the skeletonized op rod. I am sure it will hold up well as a rifle for the revolution if things deteriorate that badly. How many have you owned before and which issues did you have? If you have the part make sure you get to see a picture of the one you want first. Today is the very first time she ever fired a gun, and I had her shoot a. So the quality of the rifles suffered, and in the case of the Universal, suffered greatly. When fitting carbing magazines, J-B Weld is your friend.
If you have a family in the house or close neighbors there is a real concern that you could kill somebody else due to all the walls that bullet will plow through after a miss. We must have been shooting some of his old surplus stuff which is long shot up now. The wrong style of slide will not hold the bolt. Absent detailed records kept at the locations and times during the manufacturing process determining when a firearm was assembled into a complete firearm or a date when it was ready to be sold is next to impossible. The single most significant aid to identifying when a stock and handguard set were completely finished and ready to be assembled onto a carbine began in late 1962. I ordered a replacement synthetic stock, and I have some duracoat. In 1978 Abe Seiderman authored a notice that went out to many different distributors and customers due to the damage caused to the Universal Firearms brand name with the carbines built under Universal Container Corp.
As indicated above, the lowest number on the left side of the production receivers seen so far is 11. I've had a Universal for several years, and it shoots just fine, and has never been a problem. With 3 websites and over 250 web pages that keep growing that update may be awhile. The patent was issued September 1980 Patent 4,220,071. This thing would definitely benefit from a forward scout type rail and a red dot raised up a bit. Any doubts whatsoever should be addressed by examination of the carbine by a competent gunsmith.