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Just got one as shown in the Century link below, $650 + shipping from GIA -

Vz58 Sporter

Range report to follow when the weather warms up a bit.

What I can say about it is that it has absolutely terrific fit & finish. Balance is spectacular too, like an M1 carbine. Feels very solid, not unlike an M1 Garand but sleeker & lighter. Supposedly has near Garand accuracy at 100yds. unlike an AK-pattern.

Unfortunately these ship with a narrow magwell that only accepts the supplied 2x 10rd. units. Fortunately they are shipped in at all. Gunsmiths doing magwell conversions are starting to show up however and the $40 x4 30rd. mags at Centerfire will fit. Even though the stock is a compliance item I may just leave it intact. You can retrofit the bakelite furniture from a Vz58 parts kit but this is a really nice stock.

Whaddya think?

Standard one shown below -

 

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I like the look of the sporter, but there's a lot of other guns I'd rather have in that price range.

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I like the look of the sporter, but there's a lot of other guns I'd rather have in that price range.

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When I first started considering one of these a couple years back, the only company that had them was Ohio Ordnance Works @ $1300. Then Century got on board @ $1100, then $900. Somewhere I read that over 1 million Vz58's were produced in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War and that's what parts were used to build these other than the unique receiver. It is likely that these will come down even more in price. Hope so as I am likely to buy another and ditch my AK's.
 

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Yeah I would love to get one of these and then an AMD 65
 

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Have you shot this rifle yet? Im intrested in how it shoots.
Each weekend I've had a fail in that regard. Slight chance I may get out tomorrow and bust a few though.

I've read comments from other owners and they supposedly shoot like a dream. What exactly that means I will post here after I shoot mine.
 

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I hear bad things about the Chinese M14 clones. First they are not in spec, and second is that the castings are a bit on the soft side.
 

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^^^yea I've had 3 fals, one heavy brl, and they were all cheaper than the VZ-58's. Its the Dang reciever,,,,they r so expensive,,,the kits r cheap!



and yo adler I heard about the soft metal on some of the chicom m-14's,,, a proper heat treatment will do the trick though.
 

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^^^yea I've had 3 fals, one heavy brl, and they were all cheaper than the VZ-58's. Its the Dang reciever,,,,they r so expensive,,,the kits r cheap!



and yo adler I heard about the soft metal on some of the chicom m-14's,,, a proper heat treatment will do the trick though.
Can you point me to these cheap FAL's?

I've heard the same thing on the Chinese M14's as well. After new heat treament they are very fine rifles.
 

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I rarely say this but Century Arms FALs marked "made in Canada" or IMBEL on the recievers are pretty good guns. They were built on Argentine and Brazilian FN licsenced recievers. They are about your cheapest.

Stay away from anything Hesse/Vulcan/Blackthorne, Olympic Arms(wring geometry and rough machining), and Enterprise Arms unless you can test fire it.
 

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Opinionsare mixed on Olympic. Our fearless leader here had a A2 upper that wouldnt work worth a damn. Others have no issues. I would stay away from the "plinker models" for sure. They used to be all cast construction.
 

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They range from good to downright awfull, after telling my friend over and over not to get it... He did... we spent forever trying to sight it in, the rounds hit to low to even sight it the A1 upper on to... Plus it jamed alot I did a few things with the extracter andit Runs alright now with a scope on, Still has no hard sights.

I have messed with some that are very nice, there AR-15 pistols are awsome and the same with there higher priced rifles but stay away from the lower end ones.
 
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