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Posted: 7/25/2005 4:39:09 PM EDT
Just like the title states. Buying one tomorrow. Need your opinions on a 16" model over a 18" model.

I like shorter carbines usually, but am wondering if I am losing too much velocity by going down to 16".

Oh, and pics of your preference would be great.

TIA.
Link Posted: 7/25/2005 5:46:59 PM EDT
I had a nice little congo built off a DSA receiver...it was with an IMBEL 17.5" bbl...I really like short carbines as well, and I've found 18" to be about the best for me when it comes to 308's (my M1A Bush has the 18" bbl as well). Go with the 18"...if you want to go shorter it's a simple gunsmith job down the road.

My Congo...


Comparison with 21" bbl DSA and StG...(yeah it's a crappy picture)


ROCK6
Link Posted: 7/25/2005 5:54:33 PM EDT
Go with the "18, you won't regret it. My 18s are fun to shoot and fast on target.
Link Posted: 7/25/2005 6:30:09 PM EDT
Go with the 18"
Link Posted: 7/25/2005 10:30:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/25/2005 10:50:46 PM EDT by MisterPX]
I have a 16". In hindsight, I shoulda left it at 18" and seen how I liked it. Easier to cut off barrel than to extend it. As far as velo., you aren't loosing that much. SOmebody had chrono'd it, and you lose a couple hundred FPS by going down to 16 from 21.

BTW, the 16's do look pretty cool.

Here's a pic for ya.
Link Posted: 7/25/2005 10:40:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/25/2005 10:44:39 PM EDT by Painter]
18". Mine was cut down from 21. It originally looked like the center rifle in ROCK6s' lineup above ^
I cut it back, just behind the flashhider. It might actually be 17.5 or so.
Link Posted: 7/26/2005 12:27:58 AM EDT
another vote for 18"
if you're only going to have 1 that is
top-down: full length G1 & SA58, 18" para, 16.5" franky
Link Posted: 7/26/2005 6:59:43 AM EDT
Thanks a bunch guys. And great pics! I'm leaning heavily towards the 18".

Rock6, what kind of rear sight is on your Congo? And is it something that would be easy to replace on an STG58?
Link Posted: 7/26/2005 8:50:39 AM EDT
Tagged... I am building a carbine and mine is going to have a 17-in bbl as I already got it cut and threaded... I couldn't decide between the 16 and 18 so my choices were the typical AR-15 GET BOTH or debate this the rest of my life... so I went with the 17-inches
Link Posted: 7/27/2005 4:30:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/27/2005 4:54:16 AM EDT by ROCK6]

Originally Posted By ShamusMcOI:
Thanks a bunch guys. And great pics! I'm leaning heavily towards the 18".

Rock6, what kind of rear sight is on your Congo? And is it something that would be easy to replace on an STG58?



Nice looking FALs above...

As to the sight, I really like it it's by VOW.

It's an A2 type aperature, good addition if you're running iron sights, here's the link VOW Para sight

Edited to add DSA has one as well that's cheaper, but I'm not sure if it has the small/large aperature combo as the VOW...DSA Para Rear Sight

ROCK6
Link Posted: 7/28/2005 5:25:01 PM EDT
Another vote for 18." Youll get full powder burn and the velocity drop from 21 isnt much, and much handier than the full length + brake.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 11:09:55 PM EDT
Ive got in Imbell with an 18" barrel with Isrealy wood and it feels solid and managable with rapid
fire......... of course it weighs 14 lbs empty
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