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Old January 29, 2019, 19:24   #1
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ID this barrel.

No markings. Argentine?

I found some proofs on it. There's what looks like a T or an indexing mark, with any tiny c above it to the right; you can barely see it in the picture.








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Old January 29, 2019, 19:51   #2
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Looks like an argy based on the step down for the flash hider.
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Old January 29, 2019, 19:59   #3
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Ok. I probably didn't need to add more pics, but I did.

I would like an opinion on whether its chrome lined, and if it looks like something all original from Argentina.
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Old January 29, 2019, 20:28   #4
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Walt, it's most likely Argentine as stated above. Chamber looks like it could be chromed from the pic. If you have any cold blue get a q tip and swab a little in the chamber and muzzle---If the metal doesn't turn black it's chromed. It won't hurt the chrome but if it turns black wipe it out good and oil. Won't hurt the metal but I've seen some of these formulas cause rust.

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What was your reason for describing the proof marks but not posting a pictures of them?
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Old January 30, 2019, 19:06   #6
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Its the third picture from the bottom. The T shaped thing looks like a line. I described the location of the C because its hard to see.
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Old January 30, 2019, 21:30   #7
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The step in the barrel for the combo device isn't only an Argy trait. It is also found on bi-pod IMBEL barrels and even late Belgian barrels. Double check the barrel flats for faint markings.
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Old January 31, 2019, 08:53   #8
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It's IMBEL.

IMBEL has two barrel diameters. The O marked flats are barely over 15mm, NBC, and may have a barely perceptible step.

The T marked flats are BC, 15.5mm with a large step, and came with the heavy gas tube.
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Old January 31, 2019, 19:43   #9
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I may see a VERY faint T on the right side flat about 2.75mm tall. The diameter of the barrel is 15.5mm
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Old January 31, 2019, 20:26   #10
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If its an Imbel, can I count on it being not overgassed?
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Old February 04, 2019, 19:54   #11
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Were new imbel barrels available?
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Were new imbel barrels available?
If I remember correctly, a website called The Dealers Warehouse used to sell NOS IMBEL barrels about 10 years ago.

If the barrel has not been modified, it will not be over gassed. Besides, over gassed is fairly easy to correct. It is under gassed that will keep your new build on the side lines.


Take some closeup pics of the flats and post them.
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Yes, until the Republicans banned them from import, The Dealer's Warehouse had new IMBEL barrels and receivers.
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Old February 06, 2019, 19:55   #14
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It must have been a drop in the bucket because I don't see them ever. Did they come with a gas block?
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Old February 07, 2019, 12:39   #16
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One never does see the really good stuff in widespread availability fifteen years after the last of them. Brought in with para lengths too...and don't forget when Rav had new lowers/gas parts/furniture all the stuff. No barrel bans/receiver verboten but they'd just squatted on "assault weapons" with nasty, nasty features. He had a lot of the Imbel stuff well into the ban era. The Lithgow closeout L1a1 stuff he had was really even better...but I digress. One of the sweeter times in life for sure...now days long past.
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Old March 06, 2019, 22:29   #17
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Im planning to use it on an FMAP receiver to make an FMAP clone. Someone pointed out to me how much these new Imbel barrels are worth, and the collectability of it has me questioning if it should go on an Imbel receiver. Heck, both of these components are pricey, and I want to do the right thing. My thought is that it would make a fine FMAP clone because it looks identical, and Imbel is top notch.
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