Discussion in 'On Topic' started by one66stang, Jan 24, 2008.
Tell me what you know.
What is it worth. Looks 99%
Can you scope it?
Is it accurate?
I believe those have Hesse receivers, so I'd pay what ever the current going rate is for a FAL parts kit cause thats all its good for.
Wait some are on Imbel receivers those are supposed to be ok, but you should test it out first if possible they can still be hit or miss being assembled by Century, but if its one of the Hesse ones don't bother.
Yea I`m reading as I go. I have a guy wanting to sell me one for $500. So i am reading up on them. Just thought OT might have some experience with them.
For $500 its probably going to be one of the Hesse ones, the Imbel ones go for a couple hundred more then that. Hesse has a very bad reputation so bad infact they changed the name of the company. I held one of the Hesse ones a few years back in a local shop saw it on the rack asked to see guy handed it to me I looked down finish looked like shit then I saw Hesse stamped on the receiver and handed it right back.
Anything built by Century is going to have a shoddy finish on it, its actual performance hit or miss but you can tell on the first range trip with it. Their AK's if its a little messed up you can usually fix it yourself, but when they fuck up a FAL or CETME build thats not always the case.
For $500 I would buy it. I have a real fal and I have some buddies who have R1A1's. For the most part whats mentioned above is partially true. There are some issues with the Hesse's but any descent FAL smith can sort the feed issues out. AS long as its not a unibrow reciever I would buy it!
century has a pretty spotty reputation at best. If you got a guy trying to sell it to you, you could always ask to try it at the range, feed it different ammo and see how if feels and functions and then make your decision.
Unless he is trying to pawn of a crappy one of you, in which case he probably won't want you to take it to the range and find out how buggered it is.
I'd just buy a kit like the above and a receiver and send it off to a decent smith to be built, save yourself the headache of having to deal with a CAI+Hesse headache.
so where do Imbel kits rank quality wise?
I'm seeing some for like 250-300 bucks, so I might just pick one up...
Imbel kits are pretty good quality, most make FAL kits are good, its just a question of how well used they were before being turned into kits.
so is there any good way to judge condition from gunbroker pics? probably not I'm guessing...
Not really, you can try asking for a pic down the bore and hope the guys got a decent camera and is willing to do it.
Well I passed on it and he sold it for $800.