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    STG58 - Another Sin...

    I don’t like semiautomatic guns too much.
    In fact I am a great enthusiast of bolt-action rifles, but there are a few exceptions.
    One of these is the FN Fal, in any of its variants.
    Monday, while roaming my usual gun sites, suddenly a sales announcement popped up for a STG58 for 500 €.
    I immediately called the guy and made up an appointment for Friday afternoon, at a local range.
    I must admit that I could not resist, literally...
    It is perfect!
    Here is the new toy, just in time for Christmas.




    Then I sinned even more...


    I then made a sort of zeroing and today I’ll take the toy to the range.

    Forgive me father...
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    Very nice, the Austrians certainly made a high quality Fal, always loved the combined flash eliminator/ grenade launcher.

    Let us know how she shoots.

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    Love them to bits............anything FAL if looked after gives you what you ask of it..........continued accurate shots all the time.
    As long as you know what you are doing on the gas plug and the maintenance regime.
    Brilliant weapon.
    I was offered a DeAc FAL Auto recently but he wanted a lot for it, so didn't go for another wall hanger, albeit always liked the engineering on the bipods, shame we never had that option on the SLR.
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    That really doesn't look like sin to me. They tend to shoot loose after about 5 000 shots, clean the gas cylinder regularly, check for flame cutting.

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    Slip it into some walnut furniture and I'm in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daan Kemp View Post
    That really doesn't look like sin to me. They tend to shoot loose after about 5 000 shots, clean the gas cylinder regularly, check for flame cutting.
    Hi Daan, what’s flame cutting?
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    I had one years back that was flat new. It had the other flash eliminator, long slots... It rang like a bell when you dropped the action on an empty chamber. Must have been beautiful steel. Our FN C1s didn't quite make that ring... Such a natural handling rifle too.
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    Jim,
    And if you have ever fired them without ear defenders as we did in those early days of none ever issued, you suffer now all the high tones destroyed!
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    As a matter of interest, considering any deviation from the parent design was extremely costly for the "licenced" Fal builder.

    I wonder if the same principle applied to a removable item, i,e the unique Austrian Flash eliminator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    without ear defenders
    By the time I'd arrived we had industrial ear plugs for the troops, but regardless, now my hi tones are gone. We didn't always use ear protection.

    I remember a Turk soldier had one of those up by Nicosia airport on Lizard flats...and it was completely silver. Except where it had rust...
    Regards, Jim

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