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Old November 04, 2018, 14:16   #1
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Heavy or Light?

Ok, to continue to burden of a bludgeoning FAL Collection, it is obvious that I need to acquire a Izzy FAL. I was not thinking and sold a Type 1 Lower a few months go (regret) however it isn’t the end of the world.

I see where DSA is selling Izzy LB Kits (minus the barrel).

Question: What is your thoughts on the HB vs LB Izzy FALs? Should I go with the “Light Barrel” or “Heavy Barrel”? Is there even “Izzy Light Barrels” available “out in the wild” that a guy can buy (I see Izzy HBs for sale from time to time)?

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Old November 04, 2018, 14:24   #2
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Should I go. With the “Light Barrel” or “Heavy Barrel”?

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Old November 04, 2018, 14:58   #3
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Seems like now is the time for the LB since it's available in pieces from DSA. Also, the heavy barrel is HEAVY! It's a monster to carry around, if that matters to you.
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Old November 04, 2018, 17:10   #4
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For originality, are Light Izzy Barrels available?

Are Izzy Light Barrels even available in the US of A?
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Old November 04, 2018, 17:31   #5
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Are Izzy Light Barrels even available in the US of A?

I think Hickock45 did a video with an Izzy light barrel. Maybe watching it would let you see some markings and track a similar rifle down?
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This would work out quite well.....
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Carry a LB around in the fieid for awhile,,,it will prove more than heavy enough...
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Old November 04, 2018, 18:20   #9
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I say get both. Whether you go HB or LB, there are a few differences in each of them. The early Izzy stuff, either HB or LB, is difficult to find. The early LB's had open ear gas blocks, a plain lugged barrel and rare hand guards. Then, the hand guards were replaced by the more popular style most know today. After that, the barrels were threaded to accept a 22mm combo device and there were actually some lugged barrels that were retrofitted with threads. I had one of each some time back, but only kept the lugged version for my collection. The early HB's had Belgian markings, a different metal hand guard (holes were shaped a little different) and it also had the open ear gas block, too. Later models of each had the three sided closed ear gas blocks. I like 'em both, really. If you cannot find a real Izzy LB, most guys use an Argy barrel.



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I say get both. Whether you go HB or LB, there are a few differences in each of them. The early Izzy stuff, either HB or LB, is difficult to find. The early LB's had open ear gas blocks, a plain lugged barrel and rare hand guards. Then, the hand guards were replaced by the more popular style most know today. After that, the barrels were threaded to accept a 22mm combo device and there were actually some lugged barrels that were retrofitted with threads. I had one of each some time back, but only kept the lugged version for my collection. The early HB's had Belgian markings, a different metal hand guard (holes were shaped a little different) and it also had the open ear gas block, too. Later models of each had the three sided closed ear gas blocks. I like 'em both, really. If you cannot find a real Izzy LB, most guys use an Argy barrel.



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After this they added the combo device and the unique gas block.
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Got mine out just now after reading the above. This is old pic of it but remains one of my best shooters. I guess an original barrel is the hard part to come up with and luck mine is such.



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Old November 06, 2018, 18:49   #12
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Those are some b e a u t i f u l rifles gentlemen!! Nice!!
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Old November 09, 2018, 06:20   #13
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When they say heavy, they mean heavy, my Armscorp T48 HB is a beast. Looking at adding the light barrel to the collection as well, so I would suggest get both, it's only money.

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