That spoils the fun.I recommend looking for a compete gun. In the end it is less expensive since the kits are fetching such high dollar.
Karl, your son had a great find at $275 but it is the increasingly rare exception. If you honestly look at the product and cost, buying a well assembled previous build gun makes sense—at least for now. I'm not referring to the current DSA product or stuff on Hesse receivers. Take the example of a guy on the FALFILES that just paid $800 for an Izzy HB kit that is missing some small parts. A forged receiver will run $600 if you can find one ($435 and a 2 month wait for a cast Coonan. DSA has now switched to cast.), $300 if you can't do the build yourself, and shipping of $100 for a total of perhaps $1800 and probably more. Why do this when there are built Izzy HB guns with forged DSA or Imbel receivers out there for as little as $1200? Having said all of this, I'm doing an Izzy LB build so the pleasure of the hunt and build often exceeds the logic of the total cost.That spoils the fun.
They are still around, but you got to search a bit harder than just looking on gun broker. just last week, my son got an Imbel kit for $275 off Craig's list. He'll probably con me into building it.
Exactly. The guns in my safe I bought are just guns. the ones I built are treasures with a story on every one.... Having said all of this, I'm doing an Izzy LB build so the pleasure of the hunt and build often exceeds the logic of the total cost.
ARS machined a very few IMBEL Type IIIs into Type I.I'll be damned if I can find the FAL parts. I've looked everywhere and I can't find them.
But, now we have more to the story... I'm lamenting to a buddy on how I'm so damned stupid and can't find my FAL parts. Then he lays something on me. An STG58 built by Mark "The Gun Plumber" Graham of Arizona Response Systems. It looks very nice with original appearing Steyr-Daimler-Puch markings on an Imbel Type-1 receiver. The upper, lower, bolt, and bolt carrier have matching serial number too. Now that's interesting. What can anyone tell me about it? I don't believe I've seen one before.
I'm liquidating a FAL collection. Time is the problem for me so I don't have time to nickel and dime little stuff or sell ....
If somebody is SERIOUS about buying an FAL or L1A1 contact me with your preferences. But please please please don't tire kick, I don't have time to waste. You will have to be patient as well, as I prefer to sell several before I do the work to dig them out and ship them.