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    I hope Retvet chimes in here. He has a collection of FAL's like no other I have seen.

    I tell ya'..... I have FAL, G3 , and a Saiga .308. I now have to get am M1A or M14 clone, but I know it will cost and I have no idea where to start? I have been thinking of buying parts and peices and then getting a good barrel and receiver later on.

    Or G*d forbid trade something off to get on or partially pay for one.

    I also want an AR10, but I'm not in Rush to get that yet.

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    I know the drive. I always wanted an M14 but settled at the time for a CMP Garand. I've always collected bolt action battle rifles and am now getting into the (semi)autos.

    Is a parts kit the best way to go considering the price of a receiver, or a finished rifle by one of the specialist shops?
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    Sang, you used to be able to piece together a M1A/semi auto M14 and save money.....no more.

    With everything going on in Afghanistan and Iraq and the re-issue of so many M14's the parts really aren't there at an economical price.

    As far as the AR-10........man I really want an old-school Dutch/Portuguese model, but I might have to settle for one of the Armalite AR-10B's in the Sudanese style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion8
    I know the drive. I always wanted an M14 but settled at the time for a CMP Garand. I've always collected bolt action battle rifles and am now getting into the (semi)autos.

    Is a parts kit the best way to go considering the price of a receiver, or a finished rifle by one of the specialist shops?
    How much do you want to spend?

    If you buy an excellent condition Steyr kit: $350-$400

    DSA Type 1 or 2 forged receiver: $400.00

    US Parts: $60-$150

    Smith to assemble it and refinish: $250 or more.

    You're over the $995 that DSA is charging, and you have to accumulate parts, wait on a smith, and generally endure a hassle.


    Now, you can always buy an Imbel kit that saw service in Africa and may or may not be shot to hell, and use a receiver other than the DSA, and you'll not spend as much, but.......
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    <Screeeeeeeech!> Query: why do I need a 'smith to assemble it? I've assembled everything from ARs, AK kits, and generally do all of my own gunsmithing. I'm fairly competant mechanically. Is there something special about needing a gunsmith especially if I want the beat-up-battle-rifle look?
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    Go for it then. Alot of people who ask about FAL's don't have the tools needed to assemble one and if you added in the cost of the tools, it gets expensive.

    Sorry, I'm starting to feel like the board's "Gun Snob."
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    No, this is exactly what I was looking for. It's like AKs: if you use a commercial receiver and the screw method the build is rather cheap. If you need to buy a flat bender, spot welder, shop press, etc then the tool costs alone mean you either build lots of them or go into business.

    So are there some special tools I'd need? It's not like an AR where you literally assemble the parts and a few punches and widgets are all that's needed (even the barrel wrench isn't that expensive). So are these tools more than a common he-man garage workshop would have?
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    www.gunthings.com has the barrel wrenches and things you need, if you have a he-man shop you probably have most of what you need already.
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    Thanks Templar. Ya know I used to live in Norfolk, VA and took the I-64 to I-95 flyby atround Richmond (headed back and forth from northern VA) more times than I can shake a stick at. I still have mugs from the Pilot truck stop and Petro American truck stops north of there (IIRC exit 119). The Golden Skillet restaurant is one of my all time favorites.

    So any idea on who has the best parts kits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion8
    No, this is exactly what I was looking for. It's like AKs: if you use a commercial receiver and the screw method the build is rather cheap. If you need to buy a flat bender, spot welder, shop press, etc then the tool costs alone mean you either build lots of them or go into business.

    So are there some special tools I'd need? It's not like an AR where you literally assemble the parts and a few punches and widgets are all that's needed (even the barrel wrench isn't that expensive). So are these tools more than a common he-man garage workshop would have?
    There are ways to assmble a FAL at home and get tools to do it. I think it still cost a couple hundred bucks to do it.

    I wont tell you what to do, but I got mine from Century and I know people groan and moan when someone says that. I couldn't resist because they were on sale for $399 this time last year. I think they run $550 now?

    It turned out to be a good shooter and was built with a new old stock barrel on the Austrian style kit.

    I put factory seconds Iron wood on it and a Tapco scope cover which turned out to fit perfectly and works great.

    You cold check this one out too.
    WTS: Custom G1 FAL


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