While perusing Gun Broker (so many gun related internet sites that keeping up can be an occupation, or addiction I saw a new Argentine FAL barrel for 160 I believe. Verify that it's chrome-lined, some are not, some have chrome-lined chambers only. I am aware the major FAL distinctions: inch and metric. Best thing to do is not get a rear sight until the gun is assembled and test fired..that I assembled shot OK with the shortest standard metric sight post (they come in 4 different post lengths).Safety Agent Man's last pic shows a para rear sight.The Gunsmithing forum at The FAL Files ( is your friend. went to check on my FAL the next day and found the morning dew had began to form rust on the spring, gas block, and gas tube!! But the gas area is supposed to be kept dry of any oils... Originally posted by icormba: I went to check on my FAL the next day and found the morning dew had began to form rust on the spring, gas block, and gas tube!! But the gas area is supposed to be kept dry of any oils... The slight ease of cleaning is probably the biggest plus, but still not that much of an advantage.
However a major problem with some of them is they do not have chrome lined barrels. Metric kits, basicaly glorified South African kits 5.
as far as chrome chambers, i havent seen it in mine but i may be just looking in at it wrong or something - but i know what a chrome lined bore is - they dont have them and imbel are not the same kit, arg kits are not common at all - there are barrels out there. posted by icormba: I think there are more important things than a chrome lined barrel... Chrome-lined barrels also last a LOT longer without degrading accuracy.
there is nothing wrong with the quality of the G1 kits, many people prefer them over STG, its just that many STGs were imported as brand new and the G1s were beat to **** (not all but more common)Originally posted by Leo762: dont want to be rude or anything but its a fact that almost all if not all STG 58 rifles do not have chrome line bores, i have two and have seen enough kits - many with pitted barrels etc. I'm thinking the spring was so bad that some of the rust granules (if that's what you call them) must have just attached themselves to the walls of the tube. Barrels apparently wear out from chamber erosion first, more than from actual bore wear.
what most people say is that the STG are the best quality, if you can find a nice one it will be good.
nothing wrong with imbel though, if you can find one for a decent price and in good shape go for it!