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    Posted: Jun 14 2018 at 7:55am
I just inherited this carbine from my father in law who passed away. After doing some research, it appears to be a relatively early Universal (serial number 27657) however, based upon what I see, it appears to have had the stock changed at some point. I think it should be the full sized walnut stock. I’d like to return it to its correct form. Any help on if I’m on the correct path and best options for finding the correct stock would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for helping out the new guy.

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Made sometime in the latter half of 1964. Should have a 22 or maybe a 21 on the left side of the receiver below the stock line towards the front.

Universal was still using GI surplus parts if they could get them when yours was made. Front sight should have a set screw unless someone replaced the barrel. Most didn't have the cut out in the left side of the stock for the side scope mount during that time. Came shortly later.

The stock and handguard used by Universal during that time were made by Blanton Woodworking Industries (BWI). Universal got BWI started and BWI they made stocks only for Universal. The fella that was BWI had health problems starting about 1967 and was in and out of the hospital until he died in the early 70's. Universal bought stocks from Overton but those were after yours.

Only place you'll find a BWI stock is on another early Universal. Usually had no markings but some had BWI ink stamped inside the front of the stock. With a number ink stamped inside the handguard and stock, same number on the set of 2.

BWI stocks are easy to ID. The wood on the right side went all the way up to the handguard. Covered the slide arm completely. GI "high wood" stocks stopped short of going all the way up to the handguard.







http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_universal.html

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Might this work ?

Ebay: Item # 123139225096

 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-M-1-Carbine-Stock-Boyd-Mfgd-Modified-for-Universal-See-Notes/123139225096?hash=item1cabab7608:g:lMYAAOSw-W9a~Zrs

Egunparts/Numrich: 
https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/545370B

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Thanks Jim. Appreciate you!!!
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Thanks Painter. That second one looks like it would totally work!
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I think you would be better off getting a Universal stock from Numrich. The Boyd stock was made for a GI style carbine. There are many more differences than just the opening for the trigger housing. The receiver opening is also different. The operating slide is wider so it probably will hit inside the fore stock. The bridge in front of the TH is different and will probably have to be modified or even removed. When I got a Gen II Universal I considered modifying a GI stock but decided not to after trying to actually fit the different assemblies into a GI stock. You may want to contact the seller and find out what other "MINOR fitting might be required." I suspect it will be more than "MINOR".
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Originally posted by BigBluezilla BigBluezilla wrote:

Thanks Painter. That second one looks like it would totally work!

Do you mean Numrich Product #: 545370B ?
The GI look alike for $129.95 ?

IMO Best I see from their choices. The ones with the medallions and or Monte Carlo cheek rests, to me wouldn't look right. But your call.
I'm with JP, and very leery of having to try to fit one.

I'll keep an eye out.

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Thanks Charlie. Yes, the one from Numrich 545370B. You guys thinking not a good choice?
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I would think the best choice, plus if your done with it you could sell your current stock on Ebay..... but hang on to your hand guard.

Lets see what JP thinks, he's better schooled with these than I am.

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I'd go with 545370B while it's available. Let us know how it goes.
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Thanks gents! I scooped it up. Will report back once I have some news. Thanks again!!
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All Right.......... Good Luck.

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Question: I know this thread is old, but, Is it legal to take (as we know it) a standard manufactured comercial carbine and cut off the stock and barrel to match the enforcer? Like; for instance if you have a broken/damaged stock but it could be made into a pistol?
Let me take it a little further with the same question, what if someone has access to a wood working machine shop, and they make for me a Paratrooper out of it. Of course if I were to sell either, I'd have to be up front from the beginning that this is a custom built one of a kind and was not a factory offered model.
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Anytime we start cutting barrels shorter than 16”, we get into SBR categories. The ATF continues to bird-dog the short barrel rifle issue and it’s getting pretty silly. Why they allow a “brace” I don’t know. It can be used just like a stock. Your mod may be completely legal now but not tomorrow and you could be forced to eventually apply for a tax stamp at $200.

I refused to pay the $200 extortion money and just got rid of my SBR’s and stopped trying to stay ahead of the SBR regulations.


I would go with a stock replacement and leave the barrel alone. Gen-1’s will drop right into a GI stock. Issues with Gen-2’s and 3’s seem to be problematic.



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What’s your SN range?
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This is  for information only for the time being, better to know in advance, than find out after all is said and done that I screwed up, possibly even fined or jail time if I used it for home defense.

Thanks for the info, that's one option off the table, that's a shame I liked the idea, I was thinking if I could buy the right gun with a damaged stock for a cheap price, I could turn it into something special, oh well, another idea turned sour, good to know.

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It may very well be perfectly legal to build an enforcer. They are bought-n-sold every day. I just know some ambulance-chaser would have a field day beating on you in court about a “sawed-off machine gun”.  Leaving the barrel alone and installing a folding stock seems okay. The overall legal rifle length is measured with the stock opened to it’s full length, as with a collapsible M4 stock. And, must have a 16” barrel of course, or it’s a SBR.
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Build a stock for it yourself (!) and turn it into a bullpup.

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What I understand is that if a receiver has been originally assembled as a rifle with barrel of legal rifle length it isn't legal to assemble it with a short barrel without an NFA form approval and tax plus permanent marking. You can risk using a receiver in the blocks made when a company was assembling pistol length, but it is a risk due to legality.

One way to get around the above concerns is to buy an NFA M2 trigger group (Get two. They're cheap). Once installed into a receiver it's now defined as a machinegun and you can shorten away with no stamp. You just can't remove the group and leave the shortened assembly. Not a cheap endeavor though.
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Originally posted by tenOCEE tenOCEE wrote:

What I understand is that if a receiver has been originally assembled as a rifle with barrel of legal rifle length it isn't legal to assemble it with a short barrel without an NFA form approval and tax plus permanent marking.



Hi guys

tenOCEE is correct.

I was contact by the fella that runs the ATF reference library a number of years ago. The reconstruction work I was doing with serial numbers and year of manufacture on M1CarbinesInc.com was of interest to them. But they needed it in book form, not on a website.

A couple years later he contacted me again. This time asking for permission to use the M1CarbinesInc.com website and it's info for manufacturing years.

During the exchange the topic of the "Enforcer" models came up. Manufacturers were/are required to identify their carbine receivers made for a pistol identifiable as such so they can be distinguished from those made for a rifle. An ATF regulation so they can enforce the laws regarding minimum rifle barrel length.

Universal Firearms did this by imprinting the name Enforcer into the top of the receiver. Where ATF was having difficulty was with the Enforcer and Super Enforcers made by Plainfield Machine and more so with Iver Johnson's Arms. These two companies identified their Enforcer models using 1-3 letters added before the serial number. With Iver Johnson these letters changed over time. In part due to changes in ownership of the company.

If you want a legal short barreled carbine it needs to have a receiver with the designation indicating it was manufactured for a pistol. Or do the complicated and not so welcome paperwork and dance with ATF to convert a rifle to a pistol.

I realize the only difference between the two receivers is the marking identifying it as made for a pistol. Logic is irrelevant when it comes to law "enforcement". Where logic should take place is when the laws are written. ATF being able to write regulations that become law is a different topic.

Hope this helps

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