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Old November 20th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Current average market value for FAL

I realize we are not allowed to ask specific value on this form. But I would love to know what the current market will bear for a century FAL. All I'm really looking for is what guys are seeing them selling for in their area. I am looking at 1 new unfired with 3 mags that can be bought for $800 OTD. Thanks

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Old November 20th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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Cheapest I've seen is around $550 with one magazine. I've seen them as high as $1k.

If it's in great condition, it's probably not a bad deal.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #3
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Do a search on GB and see what people are bidding. In my opinion, that's the best way to gauge market value.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #4
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Be VERY carefull about a Century made FAL. The angery beavers have been known to slap them together and have them not function.
If the one you are looking at functions, then $850 to $900 tops. Otherwise you will pour lots of $$$ into it to get it to function.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #5
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On gunbroker I usually check auctions that have ended, either for the sale price or highest bid.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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Id save up a few more bucks for a dsa stg it'll probably run you on average about 200-300$ more than a century but well worth it. I bought my 18'' barrel stg a few months ago for 1050$ new and its a great shooter

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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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Century---DON'T DO IT!

Save a little more or better yet build your own out of a STG58 parts kit, Argentine Kit, or Imbel kit. The kits have become expensive but still are reasonable compared to an M14 parts kit.

Recommend you go to the falfiles forum and ask those guys if you don't get many replys. Lots of really good info there. Some of the members hangout here too:)

IMHO that is a less than stake your life on it gun no matter how bada_s it looks.

If you are stuck on a Century build, look for one with a Imbel receiver.



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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #8
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Sounds like a reasonable deal depending on the build.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #9
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Don't buy century arms. Spend once cry once.

QA at century seams to stand for questions and answer not quality assurance.

Seams as it's a crap shoot as to getting a good functioning weapon or a high priced paper weight.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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No, to Century....

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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #11
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Most of the Austrian parts kits are gone from what I understand. So even DSA are using their parts and parts from other sources. My 2 DSAs are from 2003 that I acquired from a good friend. He needed the money and so I bought his DSA FALs that were built during the AWB era. I was thinking of sending them back to DSA for work but decided against it. They will remain as is.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:33 AM   #12
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Thank you for the responses. This was kind of a almost impulse purchase but I wanted to get some information first. I did not really need an FAL just something I was thinking about. Thanks

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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:58 AM   #13
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If it is a Century with an Imbel receiver...you would probably be GTG after having the headspace checked. ( Most highly recommended!) Most of the Century L1A1s with the Imbels were made some 15-20 years ago and well before Century became famous for their "quality" issues.

I sold several of their first incarnations of Australian L1A1s with the notorious thumbhole stocks back in the mid 90s that shot extremely well out of the box. I currently have one and know of two other of my old sales that are now 922r compliant and first rate functioning pieces of hardware.

With a little homework...you might just find a deal. Properly built...they can be fine battle rifles and fun shooters.

I wouldn't sell mine for 1K because I would have an extremely hard time replacing one of my favorites in the 7.62 round.

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If it is a Century with an Imbel receiver...you would probably be GTG after having the headspace checked. ( Most highly recommended!) Most of the Century L1A1s with the Imbels were made some 15-20 years ago and well before Century became famous for their "quality" issues.

I sold several of their first incarnations of Australian L1A1s with the notorious thumbhole stocks back in the mid 90s that shot extremely well out of the box. I currently have one and know of two other of my old sales that are now 922r compliant and first rate functioning pieces of hardware.

With a little homework...you might just find a deal. Properly built...they can be fine battle rifles and fun shooters.

I wouldn't sell mine for 1K because I would have an extremely hard time replacing one of my favorites in the 7.62 round.
I picked up one of those Imbel Aussie FAL's a few years ago for $300. Converted to 922r compliant and dumped the thumbhole stock. Turned into a real nice piece. Some Imbel receivers are marked "Imbel" and some are not. The one I had was an Imbel with no Imbel markings so everyone assumed it was a Century receiver.

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I picked up one of those Imbel Aussie FAL's a few years ago for $300. Converted to 922r compliant and dumped the thumbhole stock. Turned into a real nice piece. Some Imbel receivers are marked "Imbel" and some are not. The one I had was an Imbel with no Imbel markings so everyone assumed it was a Century receiver.
Mine is not marked Imbel either but it was definitely identified as one by the FAL/L1A1 guys at the FAL Forum. I checked to make sure before dumping the cash necessary to make it 922r compliant and having it Gun-Koted. After learning the difference and how to identify the receiver...I checked with the buddies that bought the other two from me and theirs was also confirmed as Imbels. My understanding is that the early imports by Century were not marked by Imbel...just overall markings by Century to meet what was early on thought to be the minimum import requirements. According to them...if you have an Imbel...hang on to it. The receiver itself is considered to now be worth more than the whole weapon cost when originally purchased.

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