I am contemplating a BM59E build. So if I got a SARCO BM59E kit, I was wondering if I should get it with a barrel or sans barrel. What I am wondering if I used a 7.62 NATO Garand barrel will everything be able to be used or not. I have read about the Italian barrels are 1/2" shorter, so I was wondering if the op-rod is shorter as well. I do intend on sending it to Tim for the receiver modification and assembly.
If you were going to do it what would be the best way? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.