I dropped the hammer on a nice L1A1 kit from the only a****** at the MG shoot at KCR, as I want to build me up one as well (had an original uncut barrel and wood furniture). There is a fellow that is making the trigger packs for the inch pattern for the compliance parts. I've got his number at home, and will send it to you if you want. I think it was IO that had L1A1 kits with new made barrels there, for 399.00. That fellow was nice; I just wish he had what I was looking for instead of the other $#@^.We think alike. I spent a lot of time looking for the best kits and US parts - changes unfortunately with time. What is best FAL kit?
The L1A1 inch pattern kits have some nice features, and good quality in them, but US compliance parts and receivers are supposedly hard to find.
The Austrian kits "used" to be in great shape and usually had matching numbers. The quality of fit and construction is better than average being Austrian made. Austria also had a very peaceful period during there use. Their look also stands out - metal handguard and long flashider.
The Argentinian Imbel FAL kits were generally in much rougher shape with mismatched numbers. Many of the kits have been refinished to hide their condition. Quality control was'nt considered as high as on an Austrian.
That said buy the kit based on condition, I would much rather have an exc Imbel than an average Austrian. Same condition - I would pick Austrian. Condition is everything!!!!
You haven't even got to the good part - compliance parts. I changed my plan at least three times so far!
The compliance parts are the leftover laws from the Assault weapons ban. Section 922 that was passed to go along with the ban, which would prohibit building a assault weapon from imported parts kits. To be legal, you have to have a number (I forget, 6 or 9?) parts that are domestic production, i.e. made in the USA. That is why so many companies have geared up to make AK parts and others.I definitely will buy on parts condition. I need a good gun, not a good wall hanger (i.e. pretty on the outside, but couldn't hit the side of a pig barn at point-blank range). What do you mean by "compliance parts"? Do you mean choosing which parts to replace in order to get it up to BATF standards? What do you mean you changed your plan, like which kit you are going to get because of BATF standards? Please forgive the ignorance, I am relatively new to all of this building guns from parts kits business.