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Posted: 8/12/2003 10:53:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2003 10:55:18 AM EDT by K-9]
Have a chance to purchase ARS Austrian StG-58 Replica 1 of 10 made by Mark for $1150, Its not been fired since new build should I buy it?
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 11:44:58 AM EDT
Any reason why you wouldn't get a DSA STG-58A?

They are much cheaper if your FFL will give you dealer cost.
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 11:58:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2003 12:01:20 PM EDT by K-9]
I already have a DSA SA58
This gun I talking about in the post is 1 of 10
Austrian StG-58 Replica

*Quote* This is a reproduction of the Austrian StG 58 FAL. Austria adopted the FAL in 1958 with the designation "Sturmgewehr 58" and ordered an initial quantity of 20,000. The Austrian firm Steyr-Daimler-Puch began licensed manufacture of select components and eventually manufactured the entire rifle. The earliest models utilized a wood stock with wood pistol grip, metal handguards, and an integral bipod. Austria transitioned to a wood stock with rubber recoil pad and plastic pistol grip, and then to a plastic stock with a unique straight comb. The head of the original purchasing commission was a Major Stoll, who designed a unique muzzle device combining features of a wire cutter, flash suppressor, and grenade launcher. This ARS replica incorporates all of the original features and markings on an FN licensed IMBEL receiver beautifully machined to "Type I" configuration with all correct internal and external lightening cuts. The rifle comes with 7 select quality US parts and a fake reproduction muzzle device to comply with US import laws and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. This is a limited edition of only ten rifles of which only two with wood stocks and one with plastic stock are still available.

But thanks thats why Im asking.
Link Posted: 8/13/2003 5:43:06 AM EDT
I can't speak to the issue of whether or not you "should" buy the rifle except to say that I do not really think it will become any sort of super "collector's item" from an investment standpoint. (Of course, these days who really knows?) But I can say that I have two of Mark's rifles built on Imbel receivers and both function flawlessly as well as being extremely well built. I am very, very happy with both and recommend him highly assuming the customer does not need weekly email reassurance that his project is being worked-on. (Mark is a gunsmith, not a secretary. LOL) In this case, you obviously don't have a wait as I did.

Good Luck
Link Posted: 8/20/2003 6:23:05 AM EDT
Buy it. You're not buying collectibles with ARS rifles, you're buying Mark's workmanship, reputation and reliability of the weapon.

It will work out of the box, unlike some others.
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 6:02:51 AM EDT
BUY IT!

I own one of Marks STG's and it's awesome.

You won't be sorry.

Dave
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 7:26:27 AM EDT
I am still somewhat of a FAL newby. I looked at Marks rifle, and compared to the DSA Austrian STG FAL.

Seems as if, Marks is a bit more expensive, but you are getting wood and a bit more attention to detail from a specialist smith. mark also has a good reputation from what I have heard and read. of course, so does DSA.

So, I would probably say if this is the style rifle you want the price seems right. If I had room in my safe for anything else I might buy one. Alas, it is time for a safe cleaning sale.

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