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 Just bought a Tantal, Love it!
MAKAK47  [Member]
7/27/2009 7:31:44 PM
I am kicking myself in the ass as to why I never went into the 5.45 caliber sooner after firing this guy.



I went to the range the day after I got it. There is almost no kick, especially compared to the 7.62x39mm round. I only put 90 or so rounds through it, resisting the extremely strong urge to just pick it up and bump-fire it (I would have been kicked off the range). After shooting it for a bit, I had one round left out of a package so I just put it into the chamber stood up and pop up shot it at 25 yards at the low right target:


My boner was thick.

Then I just started popping more rounds off, goddamn I love this thing!

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dalesimpson  [Team Member]
7/27/2009 9:51:49 PM
I once had a Tantal, but foolishly I sold it.
Nice rifle, and pretty competent shooting.
How much is a Tantal now a days?
MAKAK47  [Member]
7/27/2009 9:55:58 PM
well, I got mine for $600, they wanted $700 for it, there was a $50 off for that week, and then they marked it down another $50 accidentally
I'm lucky as hell!!! However I know I could have gotten it cheaper, but I don't have the time/patience to wait when that thing was sitting in my hands.
docmcb  [Team Member]
7/30/2009 8:41:45 PM
Is your Tantal one of the Century builds?

I am picking mine up Monday, and I am hoping that I am as pleased as you are. Supposedly the current batch being sold now has an improved barrel that doesn't have the frequent "keyhole" phenomenon reported by buyers of the early Century Tantals.

Many have sworn off Century Tantals over the problems with the bad barrels and the lack of support and customer service.

If yours is a Century product, what model number was on the box label? I'm getting an RI1576x.
rube79  [Member]
7/30/2009 8:56:01 PM
Originally Posted By docmcb:
Is your Tantal one of the Century builds?

I am picking mine up Monday, and I am hoping that I am as pleased as you are. Supposedly the current batch being sold now has an improved barrel that doesn't have the frequent "keyhole" phenomenon reported by buyers of the early Century Tantals.

Many have sworn off Century Tantals over the problems with the bad barrels and the lack of support and customer service.

If yours is a Century product, what model number was on the box label? I'm getting an RI1576x.


Please report back on how your Tantal shoots w/ surplus

He actually posted pix of his targets, its more than likely not a CAI.
MAKAK47  [Member]
7/31/2009 10:28:40 PM
I checked everywhere on it, and the instructions manual, not CAI, plus here's the part that bothered me the most, look at the metal piece that holds the upper and lower handguard together, an notice how there usually is a lever there, but instead on my model it is a screw head type piece
iamg0ku  [Member]
7/31/2009 11:18:20 PM
Originally Posted By MAKAK47:
I checked everywhere on it, and the instructions manual, not CAI, plus here's the part that bothered me the most, look at the metal piece that holds the upper and lower handguard together, an notice how there usually is a lever there, but instead on my model it is a screw head type piece


One of the tantal kits I bought had the same thing. I think it has to do with the year of the rifle.

Bigger_Hammer  [Team Member]
8/1/2009 2:19:12 AM
Originally Posted By iamg0ku:
Originally Posted By MAKAK47:
I checked everywhere on it, and the instructions manual, not CAI, plus here's the part that bothered me the most, look at the metal piece that holds the upper and lower handguard together, an notice how there usually is a lever there, but instead on my model it is a screw head type piece


One of the tantal kits I bought had the same thing. I think it has to do with the year of the rifle.



This is accurate. Tantals have used both fore arm locks (lever and screw) so either would be correct depending on year of original construction.

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MAKAK47  [Member]
8/1/2009 11:51:03 AM
Here's a still frame of it firing I got off a video I took of it.


What year were those parts kits that had the screw head type? I think mine said 1990 or 1980 on it. Can anybody lend me a website with the history of this guy on it? That would be great.
rube79  [Member]
8/1/2009 5:14:51 PM
hehe, you have a Wz.88 Info HERE
Lion_of_Lincoln  [Team Member]
8/4/2009 1:13:21 AM

Originally Posted By MAKAK47:
Here's a still frame of it firing I got off a video I took of it.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p224/MAKAK47/TantalFire.jpg

What year were those parts kits that had the screw head type? I think mine said 1990 or 1980 on it. Can anybody lend me a website with the history of this guy on it? That would be great.

Of those two dates, it would definitely be 1990. They weren't making Tantals yets in Poland in 1980.
gewamser  [Member]
8/10/2009 9:49:07 PM
I just got mine home last weekend and it is a CIA Tantal on a Nodak Spuds reciever, passed the bullet test and it shot real well with 52 grain Russian Surplus. 2 things: compared to my CIA YUGO M70AB2 it is very stiff and rough when you pull back the cocking handle...the YUGO is smooth and slick as a baby's behind, second, my rear sight was rusted...frozen solid and I could not move it until I soaked it for 24 hours in WD40...3" group at 50 yards off the bench with a couple flyers, no keyholes, even after it got pretty hot..both mags worked good, one plastic one metal, but the metal one fit REALLY tight. I really like this rifle also...
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