In 1981 Universal introduced a Commemorative Model. This was a Model 1003 M1 carbine in a GI configuration with a parkerized finish with and "select"
black walnut stock. The carbine was sold in a form fitted case and included one 5 round magazine, one 15 round magazine, one 30 round magazine, a bayonet
with scabbard, a Weaver scope and mount, and a brass belt buckle with the Universal name depicting the carbine. The right side of the stock between the
handgrip and sling opening had a round commemorative medallion. The carbine commemorated the forty year history of the .30 caliber M1 carbine. According to Ruth
approximately 500 of these were made. These are the one exception to the serial numbering sequence that appears to have been used chronologically on all of the other
Universal carbines. The serial numbers observed on the Commemorative Model carbines have been 00079, 00204, 00391, etc.
Universal Commemorative Model M1 Carbine of 1981
Stock Commemorative Medallion
Commemorative Belt Buckle
The first Enforcer model used a GI type adjustable rear sight, blade front sight attached to the barrel, and a GI type barrel band.
|Universal Enforcer Models B, BN, and BG|| ||1964-1967
|Caliber: ||.30 carbine|
|Barrel: ||10 1/4 inches, 12 groove rifling|
|Weight: ||3 3/4 lbs|
|Length: ||19 1/2 inches overall|
|Stock: ||walnut, wood handguard|
|Sights: ||blade front, rear adjustable for windage & elevation|
|Features: || Model B Satin Blue|
Model BN nickel plated
Model BG gold plated
About 1967 the rear sight was changed to an L type fixed sight, which Universal advertised as adjustable for windage (using a hammer). About the same time
the GI style barrel band was replaced with the patented round barrel band. When these changes occurred, so did the dimensions of the Enforcer model (see chart below).
Enforcer Model B with GI type gas assembly, GI slide, and fixed rear sights s/n 1274xx (new dimensions)
When the Universal Firearms marking was moved to the receiver ring, the name "Enforcer" was stamped in the top of the receiver between the front of the
rear sight and rear of the bolt.
Model 3010 with Universal gas system, Universal slide, Enforcer marking between rear sight and bolt, gold plated finish s/n 1469xx
Model 3005 with Universal gas assembly, Universal slide, Universal lever/pin for holding bolt open, and nickel finish s/n 3924xx
The Universal catalog for 1979/80 depicts Enforcers that appear similar to the previous ones (above), but the dimensions changed.
|Universal Enforcer Models 3000, 3005, 3010|| ||1968-1978||1979-1983
|Caliber: ||.30 carbine||.30 carbine|
|Barrel: ||10 1/4 inches||11 1/4 inches|
|Weight: ||4 1/2 lbs||4 lbs|
|Length: ||17 3/4 inches overall||19 inches overall|
|Stock: ||walnut, wood handguard||walnut, ventilated metal handguard|
|Sights: ||fixed front & rear|
|Features: ||Model 3000 Satin Blue|
Model 3005 Nickel Plated
Model 3010 Gold Plated
The Universal Paratrooper model was introduced about 1980. The only difference between the Paratrooper model and the standard
Universal M1 carbine was the stock. The Paratrooper model was available in satin blue with an 18" barrel, satin blue with a 16"
barrel, and stainless steel with an 18" barrel.
The stock was first sold by a stock maker in the 1960's as a replacement stock for the M1 carbine. A number of carbine manufacturers
offered this stock, or slight variations, as an option on their carbines (Iver Johnson, Plainfield, National Ordnance).
|Universal Paratrooper Model 5000PT|
|Caliber: ||.30 carbine|
|Barrel: ||11 1/4 inches|
|Weight: ||6 lbs|
|Length: ||36 inches open, 27" folded|
|Stock: ||American walnut|
|Sights: ||fixed front, rear adjustable for windage & elevation|
|Features: ||Satin Blue, ventilated metal handguard|
About 12 months after the start of production Universal Firearms produced several hundred carbines as gifts to be "presented" to key individuals.
The serial numbers on these carbines begin with the letter X followed by a three digit number. The lowest s/n observed to date is X056, the highest
so far has been X623.
The features, parts and markings of these carbines are consistent with regular production carbines in the serial number range of 6,500-10,000.
The only thing unique to these carbines is their serial number.
No records have been found to indicate who the carbines were presented too.
In 1982 Universal introduced the Model 1006, which was the Model 1003 GI carbine in stainless steel. The bolt assembly and front sight
on the carbine in the first photograph were not made of stainless steel. All of the parts on the carbine depicted in the photographs
below this first one, are stainless steel.
All of the stainless steel carbines were made by Universal in Hialeah, FL. All went to Iver Johnson in Jacksonville, AR when the Hialeah facility was
closed in 1984. All were sold retail by Iver Johnson with their Universal Firearms, Hialeah, FL, markings.
The stainless model depicted in these last three photographs has a serial number of SS2071.
(photos courtesy of Jake Simmons)
Serial numbers appear to have started at S01000. The highest s/n with the S prefix seen so far has been S01525. It appears the prefix was changed to SS and started over at SS2000 at some point.
The highest s/n with the SS prefix seen so far has been SS3467.
For reasons unknown the finish on some of the stainless carbines was unacceptable. These were blued.
In the March 1969 issue of The American Rifleman, p.74, an advertisement from Universal Firearms announced Universal's first
"Du Pont Teflon-S coated carbines". Within a few years the available colors expanded.
- Camouflage Olive (Model 1020)
- Leaf Green (Model 1021)
- Azure Blue (Model 1022)
- Desert Tan (Model 1023)
- Raven Black (Model 1024)
Universal advertised the Teflon-S carbines as waterproof, scuff resistant, and abrasion resistant, going as far as saying they were submersible.
"Just wipe off water and don't worry about rust." I suspect the marketing people embellished what they heard from the employees in operations.
Shooting Times Magazine of March 1969 bpp. 14-17 describes testing done to the Universal teflon coated carbines to determine if the manufacturer claims were true.
The conclusion was, with the exception of the bolt and several other parts that were blued, the teflon held up to all their tests, without rusting. The author
clarified that his tests were not done over a long term as the carbines had not been available long enough for endurance testing.
The carbine depicted below appears to be Navy gray, originally it may have been "Camouflage Olive".
Vulcan 440, .44 Magnum Carbine
photograph provided courtesy of Erik Jaspersohn
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