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Old March 10, 2019, 08:09   #1
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Early Imbel

I got this Imbel kit from my brother the other day. A couple things that I noticed on it that I haven't seen before, maybe I'm the only one..

First off, It's on a Belgian receiver. The carry handle is wood that's painted black... and the gas tube is stepped in two spots. I've never seen any discussion on these topics before.

Please discuss.





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Old March 10, 2019, 10:16   #2
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Pretty interesting kit, Dean. Only thing I could find in Stevens showed a Type I Belgian-made Brazilian contract rifle. They received Belgian-made rifles for troop trials in 1954, 1958, and 1962. Maybe the later ones featured Type III receivers?

Id have to dig, but I may have a gas tube like that.

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p.s., damned shame that a rare & unusual piece like that had to be cut up due to politics. 😕
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Old March 10, 2019, 10:21   #3
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Well,

Im not a expert but from my understanding when Imbel bought rights to produce the FAL from FN part of the contract was that they had to buy a certain number of parts from FN as part of the deal. Receivers were one of the parts.

A previous Imbel barrel Ive sold had an FN stamped receiver stub. The above info came from similar pics.

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Old March 10, 2019, 11:29   #4
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I have several Belgian made type3 stubs removed from IMBEL kits. The Belgian type3's pop up from time to time. The carry handle is probably a in the field replacement. You look to have a bipod cut barrel, that is going to be fully chrome-lined as should the stepped gas tube. The barrel and the gas tube are late replacement items.
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Old March 10, 2019, 11:39   #5
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What is an early Imbel serial number?
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Old March 10, 2019, 12:08   #6
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First gen type 3 receiver...
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Old March 10, 2019, 12:26   #7
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A bipod cut barrel will have a O on 1 barrel flat and a T on the other.
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Imbel

Imbel actually started production in 1962 with the type two Upper and lower. The type 3 didn't come around till 1973 at Imbel As far as Imbel serial numbers, You would have to contact Imbel In Brazil, But don't be surprised if they don't answer or return your answer in Portuguese.
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Thanks for the info guys
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Old March 10, 2019, 17:47   #10
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The carry handle is wood that's painted black
What about this?
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Old March 10, 2019, 20:37   #11
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Field expedient replacement...rated crude at best from the look of it.
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The wood carry handle is almost exactly like the plastic ones, except for the retaining clip on the end like older wooden ones. I thought they did a great job.

I don’t know how it was done in the field if the new plastic ones don’t have the retainer clip on the end like this one does.
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Old March 10, 2019, 22:59   #13
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I recently came across an imbel bolt/carrier set which has an fn proof mark on it and brad at gunthings says he's seen a few of them but it's not surprising since most licensed by fn countries started out by being supplied by fn Belgium ---common examples include israel ,argentina and the beloved imbels from Brazil !! Super cool stuff guys!!!
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