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    Default FAL worth building now?

    Looks like I missed the $150 IMBEL kits. Not too many available for less than about $220-250 range. DCI/NoDakSpud receivers on a long waiting list, with other makers not recommended or much more expensive. $300 + for the receiver. Special tools, and 7 US made parts, this project is starting to look too expensive for me to bother with. $600-750 range.

    Thoughts?

    JIm

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    Many of us do not build kits to save money. It's nice to pick the parts you use and build a better quality gun than the vendors are selling. We put much more time, thought, care, pride,etc into a build than say........Century, ever will. If you just want the cheapest FAL possible, I'm not sure you ever could have beat the price of a Century built rifle. The last batches of $149.00 FAL kits were in pretty crappy shape. mis-matched and beat to hell. Maybe the $250.00 kits are nicer???
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    I got a feeling that the price will only go up.

    If they don't BAN this hobby to death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradrock

    .....The last batches of $149.00 FAL kits were in pretty crappy shape. mis-matched and beat to hell. .....Maybe the $250.00 kits are nicer???
    BR,

    Not quite true.

    I pushed barrels in, sorted for matching number, and sold hundreds and hundreds of the latest batch of IMBEL FALS that became available again after the ATF returned the kits to the original importer. They were missing alot of the "paint" but the STEEL was PRIMO!

    There is a thread in my vendor's forum on the FAL Files abut the Sorting of Kits.......

    http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...hreadid=152014

    The kit prices started at $250 then fell to $149 (for reasons we will not discuss) and after they dried up at $149,...they are rising back up.

    Here are a few photos from the thread for those who cannot log in on the FAL Files!.....

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    His ignorance is his bliss.

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    Bob

    PS,..Rather than running your gums and spouting seriously flawed second hand information about "little old Bob",...spend the time lookig for the DISC that belongs on your grips! That thing is a poor example at best. A mere shooter.

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    Cool pics. I wish I had a all matching kit like the ones posted. Are any still available? Email me if so!

    Like others, I'm not looking for the cheapest build, just an affordable one. And with kit prices over $200, and climbing, and receivers in the $300 range. Then extra for headspacing, and other issues, the cost to build one of these keeps going up. I'm still on the fence, to do this or not. Unless an affordable kit is found, this is starting to look like a no-go for me.

    Thanks for your feedback.

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    just ask your self that Q when all the kits dry up. muttman

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    Get a kit now.
    As the kits continue to dry up, the prices will naturally continue to rise.
    Prices on receivers on the other hand should remain stable or even go down as availability goes up and demand goes down.
    Right now the receivers are a hot commodity due to everybody jumping on the $149 kits.
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    Sounds good but who has receivers for sale ? I have been sitting on my parts kit waiting for a receivers. Who has them ?
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    The Imbels still show up on gunbroker frequently, but have been going for $450+
    I got lucky and scored one for $370. There were several people in a bidding war for the 5 that TDW had listed, all ended up going in the $450 range. While the one I was bidding on from Colorado guns, just sorta fell through the cracks.

    DSA has them and Nodak is cranking them out, but has a huge backlog. Word on the Falfiles is that the latest generation Century receivers aren't all that bad, but still require some tweaking.
    I still have another kit to build, but I'm going to wait until the frenzy dies down.
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    Buy now, build later. I love the 5 FAL type rifles I have. Build one of each, STG58, G1, Izzie, Imbel, R1
    Some people are like Slinkies. Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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