This model is about 1/2 what people think of when they think BM59, and 1/2 'Type 2' Garand - what the Italians called the 7.62 conversions. It doesn't cost too much more than a PTR or AR-10 costs ($500 parts kit, $500 in receiver machining, plus cost of receiver), but to me it's a lot more gun. Sarco is selling barrels crazy cheap ($30/each, or 5 for $100), op rods are less than $100 (T2 op rods were cheap until recently, when Standard Parts started making extended tips), the stocks can be made from T2 stocks (about $100 for a NOS stock and the modifications - European Walnut!), and a lot of the parts are standard Garand parts. Hopefully I'll have time to take her to the range soon, I've been too busy with work - I'm a Realtor - to finish final assembly and get some personal time in.I like it! I used to see those all the time when I was stationed in Italy...we used to laugh at the Italian conscripts with beards carrying those BM59s. Some units had unaltered M1s, except for being converted to 7.62mm.
That's neat. I like!