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Austrian Army Sturmgewehr (Imbel) STG 58 FAL SLR 7.62 Sniper Rifle
Fitted with an original scope & mount
This Austrian STG 58 SLR 7.62 Sniper rifle was only imported from the USA for only 18 months from 1987 to mid 1988 into the UK as a parts kit's to comply with a change in UK Firearms law .
This is a very rare example of a Austrian STG 58 SLR 7.62 Sniper rifle built from parts from Austrian surplus FN STG58 on a Brazilian Imbel 'type three' upper receiver, they were sold as parts kits in the USA by Pacific Armament Corporation, Modesto, California.
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 Federal Army.
It is essentially a user-customized version of the FAL and is still in use, mainly as a drill weapon in the Austrian forces and was selected in a 1958 competition, beating the Spanish CETME and American Armalite AR-10.
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 the same as on the Gewehr 1 as used by the West German boarder Guards, 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.
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.
Austrian STG 58 FAL SLR 7.62 Sniper Rifle's are very collectible as they are very few about in the UK.