This is one that popped up on Gunboards back in May. Another fine member there beat me to it by a minute
The owner of the gun shop was on the phone with the buyer when I called the other line. He posted a few pics when he picked it up and it was clear that at some point the stock had been stripped of shellac. Nevertheless, it's just number 32 in our serial number database.
Roll forward about 6-7 weeks, the owner contacted me and said, things had come up, he needed to move it, and asked if I wanted it for what he had into it; a collector-to-collector price
Took me a few nanoseconds to consider before saying yes, and a few weeks to free up the funds but it arrived on Monday, ensconced in a hard case and in good shape.
It has plenty of signs of use and storage in a humid climate, the famous "jungle patina". The chrome-lined bore is excellent. The gas block lever was frozen when I received it but a bit of an oil soak and some gentle torque and it came free. Everything functions as it should. The design of the gas block for the grenade launcher (not included) seems quite crude, especially compared to the well engineered Yugoslavian M59/66. A star nut holds it on and the lever on mine I imagine could easily flop into the closed position under firing. Rather inconvenient in a firefight.
When I'm excited I take a lot of pictures, so here they are