Austrian Army Sturmgewehr STG 58 FAL SLR 7.62 Sniper Rifle
Fitted with an original Hensold Wetzlar scope & mount
This is a very rare example of a Austrian STG 58 SLR 7.62 Sniper rifle built from parts from Sturmgewehr STG58 on a Imbel 'Type three' upper receiver. They were sold as parts kits in the USA by Pacific Armament Corporation, Modesto in California.
The Austrian Sturmgewehr STG 58 SLR 7.62 Sniper rifle parts kits were only imported into the UK in limited numbers up to the late 1990's. This Sturmgewehr STG 58 FAL is fitted with a 'Type three Imbel reciever' and is fitted with a new barrel and original Hensold Wetzlar scope & mount.
It has the short sight system and metal hand guards almost but not the same as on the German Gewehr 1 . The gas plug on the STG58 is an early STG58 and not the later type with a lever. The original STG58 Flash hinder is not fitted to this rifle as that part is not permitted under Section one.
A slab 'Type three receiver' the strongest of all FN Fal Receivers
The STG58 lower has only 'Safe' and 'Repetition' to comply with UK Law on Straight pulls It has a new barrel proofed in 2003 also to comply with UK Law.
This rifle is fitted with Orignal Military Hensold Wetzlar Sniper scope ( NATO Stock number 1240-12-144-0714 ) and its original Stanag scope mount.
The Sturmgewehr 58 (StG 58) is a selective fire battle rifle. The first 20,000 were manufactured by Fabrique Nationale de Armes de Guerre-Herstal Belgique, but later the StG 58 was manufactured under licence by Steyr-Daimler-Puch (now Steyr Mannlicher) and was formerly the standard rifle of the Austrian Army.
The Sturmgewehr 58 (StG 58) is still in use today beating the American Armalite AR-10 in Austrian Army trials in 1957.
Most StG 58s featured a folding bipod, and differ from the FAL by using a plastic stock rather than wood in order to reduce weight in the later production rifles.
The foregrip was a two-part steel pressing is almost the same as on the Gewehr 1 as used by the West German boarder Guards and they were manufactured in West Germany by the same factory as the same two-part steel pressing on the German Gewehr 1.
Steyr-built StG 58s had a hammer forged barrel but this rifle was fitted with a new barrel to comply with UK Firearms act as a Striagth pull rifle.
Some StG 58s had modifications made to the fire mode selector so that the fully automatic option was removed as this rifle has, leaving the selector with only safe and single-shot positions. (see photo above)
The StG 58 was replaced by the Steyr AUGÂ (designated StG 77) in 1977, although the StG 58 served with many units as the primary service rifle
There we 500 Sniper rifles ordered from Steyr-Daimler-Puch, these had the Belguim Military Hensold Wetzlar Sniper scope fitted.
At this time the Cold War was still at its hight, they were deployed within NATO as were the standard STG58 Service rifles or as Squad sniper rifles.
This is a very nice rifle to shoot on the range as the action is very smooth and the Military Hensold Wetzlar Sniper scope just makes life so easier to hit the target when on the range.
The Austrian STG 58 FAL SLR 7.62 Sniper Rifle's are very collectible as very few were ever imported in the UK, after the 2004 US ban on exporting any FN part Kits this only make this rifle even rarer in the UK.
This is an opportunity to own a very rare STG58 7.62 Squad Sniper rifle
We have had a number of emails asking a comparison between the STG58 Sniper rifle listed above and an Original STG58 Standard service rifle.
The rifle at the bottom is an 100% Original STG58 that is in our collection of FN Fal we keep as 'Stock reference' on the STG58.
As you can see the ' our Stock reference STG58' is based on a 'type one reciever' and as you can also see the STG58 Sniper is based on a 'type three reciever'.