FAL build complete


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Zen21Tao
April 6, 2006, 12:18 AM
I have finally completed my FAL build. Here is a run down of the parts used and a pic of it. (Still awaiting SAW pistol grip and new forearm)

http://img476.imageshack.us/img476/9343/falresized37th.jpg

- FAL Armorer’s DVD: $38 (38.00)
- Imbel Parts kit: $365 (363.50)
- DSA Receiver (1 US): $425 (420.44)
- *DSA gunsmithing service: $160 (158.00)
- DSA Gas Piston (1 US): $40 (37.95)
- FSE Flash Hider (1 US): $35 (33.95)
- FSE Trigger, Hammer Seer (3 US): $80 (79.95)
- Tapco Charging Handle (1 US): $40 (38.94)
- Penguin furniture set (3 US) $50 (49.99)
w/ stock removal tool
- New Forearm (1 US) and SAW (1 US) pistol grip $50 (48.88 )
From Dan’s Sporting goods
(Using stock from Penguin set and selling extra pistol grip and forearm. )

* I used DSA gunsmithing service to install and headspace barrel because to do it myself I would have had to buy a barrel vise and receiver vise which would have cost just as much as using DSA. Everything else regarding the build I did on my own.

Total cost: $1283
(Doesn't reflect any possible money made back from sale of old and extra parts)

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PlayboyPenguin
April 6, 2006, 12:52 AM
Hey, is that my black tanto blade Kershaw Blur?!?!?! I thought I lost that at the jobsite. Give it back. :fire: :D

As for the rifle, it's not what floats my boat (since I am more of a pretty and shiny guy), but good work. :)

db_tanker
April 6, 2006, 06:40 AM
Now go out, adjust the gas system, and revel in the knowledge that you own the "Right Arm of the Free World".

A fine rifle by any standard and I still kick myself for selling my old one. Had an Imbel franken-FAL with L1A1 and SAR-4800 parts. It wasn't as pretty as yours but it was a sweetheart. :banghead: never will sell a firearm again...


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Dravur
April 6, 2006, 09:53 AM
Here is my FAL build. It has the trilux scope on it with the DSA dust cover. It is a DSA parts gun. I built this by.....well, I actually bought it this way. But, it is good gun pron. Oh, and the price, $700 plus tax. Had to buy it.

MagnumCaliber357
April 6, 2006, 01:17 PM
how much did the trilux scope cost ya? the website is kina lame and doens include prices. Does it have any magnification? How do you like it overall?

Thin Black Line
April 6, 2006, 01:48 PM
Kudos. Nice build.

I also like the trilux scope --does it have the upsidedown pointer?

I use a Nikon shotgun scope on my izzy hb and it has so far held up to a
few hundred rounds of recoil. I had an old US made Redfield and it did NOT
hold up.

Bwana John
April 6, 2006, 04:24 PM
* I used DSA gunsmithing service to install and headspace barrel
To what lenght did DSA headspace the rifle? I am very intrested in how tight they set up the chamber.

DougW
April 6, 2006, 08:48 PM
Here is my build L1A1, Entreprise type 3 "file to fit" reciever, FS HTS, Tapco cranking handle, Tapco gas rod, bobbed muzzle to 18". The Nikkon 1.5X4.5 scope is back on the Mid Length HB carbine.

Zen21Tao
April 6, 2006, 09:31 PM
To what lenght did DSA headspace the rifle? I am very intrested in how tight they set up the chamber.

I honestly don't know anything about headspacing. Other than an AR15 lower this was my first build. I used an armorer's dvd to learn how to do the parts of the build that I did myself. Because I decided to farm out the headspacing I skipped over that part of the video. DSA has a very good reputation so I just have to have faith that they did a good job on it. When I am able to get to the range with it (which is about 40 miles from where I live) and fire it for the first time I give some form of range report on it.

Ian Sean
April 7, 2006, 12:27 AM
Unless they sent along a report with the build he won't know.

Headspacing an FAL requires using pins sized to determine the proper size locking shoulder that will allow the bolt to close on a go gauge but not close on a no-go gauge. That determines the locking shoulder (in thousandths) to install.

With both of my builds I put in a locking shoulders within 1 to 2 thousanths of the bolt closing. Then you are limited to the sizes of locking shoulders that are available on the market. You may have to go 1 or 2 thousasanths bigger.

I have checked it with headspace gauges now that both rifles have a thousand rounds or so through them and all is well so far.

Nice looking builds...and Doug..that wood is PURTEE!!!

hso
April 7, 2006, 12:45 AM
Did you send the bolt carrier/bolt to them when you had them screw it together?

Ian Sean
April 7, 2006, 12:51 AM
hso, you can't headspace it without the bolt carrier and bolt, I imagine everything went to DSA and they gave it the once over as well. They got a pretty good rep.

Zen21Tao
April 7, 2006, 01:21 AM
Actually, as per their instructions, only the bolt and carrier, upper receiver, gas piston, gas plug, handguard cap and barrel went to them. I do feel very happy with the service I recieved from them.

Dravur
April 7, 2006, 12:54 PM
I kind of like the Trilux Scope. Its not the most accurate critter out there and it has more moving parts than Brittney Spears, but its kind of fun for plinking. It has a big post that comes down from the top to a point. I have used it just for informal plinking sessions and it has come out ok. I have not paper tested it yet, but was consistently hitting cans with it at about 50 yards. It is a 4x scope, I believe.

Cost on the scope and mount was about $240, Gun cost was $700.

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