Imbel Springfield Armory SAR-48 Match 7.62 NATO 20” Semi-Auto Rifle

SOLD FOR: $2205

WOA#: WY221202VA004

Make: Imbel, Springfield Armory

Model:  SAR-48 Heavy Barrel Match Model

Serial Number: 6109

Year of Manufacture: Pre-ban, Pre-1989

Caliber: 7.62 NATO

Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Markings: The right side of the receiver is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY, GENESEO, IL. USA”. The right side of the magazine well is marked with Springfield Armory’s logo and “1005-SA-48-MATCH”. The left side of the receiver is marked “S.A.R.-48 7,62mm SA-6109”.  Under the receiver and forward of the magazine well is marked “IMBEL ITAJUBA BRAZIL”.

Barrel Length: 20″, 22.5″ with muzzle device

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an iron post. The rear sight is an adjustable sliding aperture.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is synthetic with a smooth pistol grip with storage compartment and triangular handguard with grooves for bipod.  (No Bipod Included). Has a synthetic and metal carry handle. There are some loose storage marks on the polymer surfaces but remains very clean and free of any prominent marks. The LOP measures 14.25″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the fixed buttstock. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: none.

Type of Finish:  Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear around the ejection port and receivers along with some minor scuffing on the other metal parts.  There is a particular scratch on the left side behind the charging handle slide.  The screw heads are sharp and the pins bear some marring. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment:  When FN Herstal ended the production of their famous semi-automatic FN FAL models, it didn’t take long for Springfield Armory to fill the void with the SAR-48. The original FN FAL battle rifles were introduced in the 1950s and saw action across the globe. While AK-47 rifles are sturdier and do better in the various environments with less maintenance than the FN FALs and would ultimately inspire the development of the Galil rifle, the FN FAL design is timeless. The FN FAL models became well known thanks to their role as the “Right Arm of the Free World” for most NATO countries, so the SAR-48 was able to capitalize on that popularity.  Known for their accuracy and reliability, the term “match” in this rifle’s name is well deserved. If you’re looking for another FAL or wanting to get your first, this will fit perfectly suit your needs.  Good Luck!

Imbel Springfield Armory SAR-48 Match 7.62 NATO 20” Semi-Auto Rifle
Imbel Springfield Armory SAR-48 Match 7.62 NATO 20” Semi-Auto Rifle