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Old February 09, 2020, 15:23   #1
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Cast steel para lower. Belgian or Argentine?

I picked up this lower a long time ago and just recently found it again. I thought it was Argentine, but in looking at the proof marks in the center of the trigger return spring area, it looks to be Belgian. There are no other stamps on the lower anywhere. The stock bolt is solid and the grip bolt is hex head. The lower is steel, not aluminum. The back plate is cast as part of the lower, not an addition and is profiled for the type 3 receiver. It is going to go up for auction, I just want to make sure that I identify it correctly. Any input?
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Old February 09, 2020, 15:36   #2
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Old February 09, 2020, 15:36   #3
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Old February 09, 2020, 15:43   #4
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That's what I was figuring, I just constantly second guess myself these days.
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Old February 09, 2020, 17:06   #6
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I’ll trade you for an Argy Para Type III in equal condition! 😁

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Old February 09, 2020, 18:31   #7
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I've seen many Argy made this way, but never a Belgian. But doesn't mean it's not Belgian.
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Old February 12, 2020, 11:59   #8
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The person I got it from buys in Belgium a lot, but he buys all over the world as well, so I can't just say "He got it there". I'm going to still do some more digging and then, once I get as much info as I can, list it as an auction.

Thanks for the input guys.
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Old February 12, 2020, 13:37   #9
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Paco had one a while back , very similar to yours
same through body recoil plate
Belgian , type 3 although fixed stock versus para
link here,
https://www.falfiles.com/forums/show...highlight=PACO
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Old February 12, 2020, 20:46   #10
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FMFSL, thank you for putting that link up for me. I cleaned the old oil and "gunk" out of the lower and sure enough, there is the same triangle mark cast into the lower. It's not as pronounced as the one Paco listed, but it definitely is there. That and the proofs under the trigger return spring area have me convinced that this is an original Belgian cast para lower.

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That is the roughest looking part I have ever seen on a firearm. It looks as if it was hewed out with a stone axe. So much for Old World European "craftsmanship.

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Old February 15, 2020, 11:03   #12
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I would also look closely at where the tang would be , it looks like it was converted by removing the tang
Looks like the ones TDW was selling
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