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IMBEL not-quite-a-FAL....

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by tac, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    I got to fire a brand-new IMBEL FAL today - one made especially for the rather odd yUK market, though. Not certain whether to laff or cry, to tell the truth.

    1. It sooooooooooooooooo cool handling an FAL/SLR again after such a long time - mine was taken off me back in 1988.

    2. Having to cock the thing after each shot was a pain I really could do without.

    Old fool that I am, it brought back many happy memories in spite of it all.

    The price for this exceedingly well-made not-quite-a-FAL?

    Sit down.



    Take a deep breath.
























    $4500.00

    tac
     
  2. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I would love to see a picture.
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Ridiculous!
     
  4. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    So was the gas system removed or?
     
  5. stoney

    stoney Brush Prairie, WA Member

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    Is it because of where you live or is it a malfuntion?
     
  6. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    In UK there are NO semi-auto centre-fire rifles or carbines since 1988. We have to operate them ourselves... thanks to a massacre in which the perp used a legally-owned AK variant - a semi-auto to kill some of the sixteen he actually killed, and thirty-something he injured.

    No removed gas block or even parts - they are made in the factory as solid items that cannot be made to function as a semi-auto - no bits, y'see.

    We have most of the stuff that you are familiar with, even the LMT in .308Win, but as straight-pulls. Dragunov? Yup. AK variants? Yuppers. BM-54/M1A? Again, yes. Steyr AUG, even? Of course.

    Even a Garand look-alike, although I'm not certain who makes it - at a tad under $5500 there aren't many of them around, I betcha.

    tac
     
  7. Ttuck

    Ttuck Hillsboro Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I feel so sorry for the people in the UK that don't get a chance to shoot firearms as they were meant to be shot. It seems like you either have to be rich or know someone to get at least a chance like you got.
     
  8. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    Not strictly true - I'm certainly not rich, being retired, but I have eighteen firearms here in yUK - 15 rifles and three handguns. I agree that it sucks not to be able to have guns the way they were designed, but hey ho, the PTB COULD have banned even look-alikes, like they do in some places. The IMBEL owner is a noobie, who brought along his BM-54/M14 look-alike last wednesday - THAT sucker was just under $5000, but

    a. He's single.

    b. He's a company owner.

    c. He has nobody to 'advise' him how to spend his own money, as many of us do. If I told MY 'financial advisor' that I wanted that kind of money to spend on a toy, my next words would prolly be something along the lines of 'yes, doc, that's the last thing I remember.....'

    tac