Pre-Ban Imbel Springfield Armory SAR-4800 Match 7.62 NATO 20” Rifle

SOLD FOR: $1,775

WOA#: WY240202JT012

Make: Imbel, Springfield Armory

Model:  SAR-4800

Serial Number: 16167

Year of Manufacture: Pre-ban, Pre-1989

Caliber: 7.62 NATO

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Gas Operated

Markings:  The right side of the receiver is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY, GENESEO, IL, USA / MADE IN BRAZIL”.  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.-4800 / 7,62mm SA-16167 / Sporter”.

Barrel Length: 20”.  The muzzle has a faux flash hider.

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

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are synthetic with synthetic tumbhole buttstock with rubber buttpad and vented handguard with cutouts for resting bipods.  No Bipod is attached to the barrel.  Has a synthetic and metal carry handle. There is a small nick on the bottom of the handguard.  There are some faint drag lines on the buttstock. Other than that the furniture on this rifle is pristine.  The LOP measures 14.75” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.  The gas block is adjustable.  There is a free swiveling sling ring banded around the barrel in front of the gas block.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.

Type of Finish:  Black

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows slight wear around the ejection port and on the receiver rear of the ejection port. There are also some small scratches on the magwell. The screw heads are sharp and the pins unmarred.  The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent 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:  The Springfield-imported Imbel SAR-4800 Match represents a fascinating intersection of Brazilian manufacturing prowess and American firearms tradition, tailored for the competitive shooting market. Produced by Industria de Material Bélico do Brasil (Imbel) for Springfield Armory, this rifle is built on the esteemed foundation of the FN FAL, known for its reliability and widespread use by armed forces around the globe. The SAR-4800 Match is a semi-automatic variant, chambered in the versatile and powerful .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO) caliber, designed specifically for match-grade performance in competitive shooting environments.

This rifle distinguishes itself with several key modifications aimed at enhancing accuracy and shooter comfort, crucial for the precision required in competition. These include a heavier, precision barrel for improved harmonic stability and reduced vibration, a refined trigger mechanism for a smoother pull and cleaner break, and an ergonomic stock designed to support sustained shooting accuracy. The SAR-4800 Match also benefits from Imbel’s reputable manufacturing quality, ensuring durability and reliability, while Springfield Armory’s involvement guarantees a rifle that meets the expectations of American shooters in terms of performance and after-sales support.

The collaboration between Imbel and Springfield Armory on the SAR-4800 Match underscores a shared commitment to providing shooters with firearms of exceptional quality and capability. For enthusiasts and competitors alike, this rifle offers a unique blend of the FN FAL’s storied heritage and modern precision shooting requirements, making it a prized possession for those who appreciate the nuances of high-level competitive marksmanship.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Pre-Ban Imbel Springfield Armory SAR-4800 Match 7.62 NATO 20” Rifle
Pre-Ban Imbel Springfield Armory SAR-4800 Match 7.62 NATO 20” Rifle