duracoating for the holidays: FAL finished


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usmcdoc14
December 28, 2006, 07:11 PM
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/4552/falfin1mj7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
specs are as follows (or as much as I can remember)
FN FAL built of a "fixed" Century receiver (polished,honed,gone over everything)
Argentine open ear gasblock and barrel
DSA muzzle brake
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/1227/falfin2jz3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

me built full floating carbon fiber fore end
US made "Israeli" forward assist charging handle
EO tech with a built by me quick locking lever
DSA receiver cover/rail
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/745/falfin3ul5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

modified DSA extended safety (its too long by a half inch and jabs the nice soft flesh out of the top of your thumb so I cut it down and reshaped it)
a REAL M-249 SAW grip :p
me built widened and extended mag release paddle
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/3122/falfin4mn8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

somebody's single point sling mount
some other dude's gas piston (cant remember who's right now)
completely Duracoated inside and out
headspaced for both 7.62NATO and .308
and umm like stuff and things i forgot.


Oh and you see the magazines ? I was having a pain of a time figuring if they should be OD or black. so I figured why not both in a sorta "camo" pattern :D















http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/715/falfin5tg9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
ready for the zombies :evil:




http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8460/falfin6ew3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
So what ya think?
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birdv
December 28, 2006, 07:39 PM
How much will you charge me to do my FAL?
Except I want butterflies on my mags.

69Chevy
December 28, 2006, 07:42 PM
That thing is badass. I always like the way FALs looked and it will most likely be my next gun purchase. You modified that gun like hotrodders modify muscle cars. I also used to live in Norfolk(Actually, chesapeake, but close enough) as well.

usmcdoc14
December 28, 2006, 07:52 PM
birdv so OD green and black butterflies? the mags or the whole gun?
Let me think about it :D I have a school to go to for a few weeks and would also have to find/make a stencil.


69Chevy, I am not a fan of "collectable" guns that are not rare, the same as I am with "collectable" vehicles that are not rare :) (i make off road vehicles and take a sawzall to most everything) Black guns are fine but this is "my" rifle. LOL


I also have a SKS in rustolium snow camo :evil: it fully pisses off purists LOL
http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/3187/skssnow4ph1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

DMK
December 28, 2006, 08:47 PM
Nice job!

And I mean on both the painting and on the FAL itself. I love homebuilt rifles. All those little customizing things are really cool.

Retro
December 28, 2006, 09:16 PM
Nice job!

Did you duracoat the CAI receiver also? If so, how come CAI receiver still has that shade of greenish color?

Can you duracoat on polymer parts?

Do you have to sand off original finish before applying duracoat?

usmcdoc14
December 28, 2006, 09:50 PM
Nice job!

Did you duracoat the CAI receiver also? If so, how come CAI receiver still has that shade of greenish color?

Can you duracoat on polymer parts?

Do you have to sand off original finish before applying duracoat?

I duracoated everything on there inside and out besides the grip (forgot to) and the stock (replacing it) its "WWII O.D. green" and flat black duracoat

yes you can duracoat plastic, wood as well. it is a room temp curing epoxy/paint

no but it needs to be CLEAN. I sandblasted everything as it gives it a better "tooth" to grab/soak into but can be done without.

Retro
December 28, 2006, 10:01 PM
Hey one more question, you mentioned that you honed and polished the C.A.I receiver. I have the same CAI L1A1 receiver, and which part did you polish and why? Were you having reliability issues before?

Thanks!

usmcdoc14
December 28, 2006, 10:23 PM
Hey one more question, you mentioned that you honed and polished the C.A.I receiver. I have the same CAI L1A1 receiver, and which part did you polish and why? Were you having reliability issues before?

the major thing is look at your "brow" the feedramp area on the receiver. if you have a "unibrow" it will look flat, this will give you feed issues. if you have a "normal" one it will look like a small case "w". Mine was a "w" but was not long enough so it was hand filed and then polished.
I removed all casting/forging flash and got rid of some nasty machining marks on the side.

the gun when I got it had a shot barrel from leaving corrosive ammo crud in it for a while :what: it was shootable but looked like sandpaper LOL so it was stripped bare and anything that irritated me was fixed as I went.

The evil monkeys at Century can do some stupid things, I have made a few of them into beautiful firearms
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/5123/cetme1lg8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Retro
December 28, 2006, 10:31 PM
Thanks man. My receiver also has the "w" feed ramp and I will polish it a little like I do to my pistols to enhance feeding reliability. Typically, this rifle averages about 1 misfeed every 100 rounds, which was not too bad.

My L1A1 sporter came with a neutered barrel which looked brand new. I am trying to find a flashhider that will fit the unthreaded neutered barrel. But I was told that I should thread the barrel before attempting to place any barrel device on it.

Since you know your FAL really welll, what is your thought on that? Any recommendations?

Thanks.

usmcdoc14
December 28, 2006, 10:43 PM
measure the OD of the barrel, figure what size thread would be best for it (and has available hiders/brakes in that thread) and go at it :D

dies can get cheaper from like an online shop supply instead of a gun place.
besides what is the worse you do? mess up the thread?
big deal, you just cover it with a clamp on one :D

Retro
December 28, 2006, 10:57 PM
I couldn't find any websites that sells the clamp-on flashhider... you know any sites?

usmcdoc14
December 28, 2006, 11:04 PM
what is the OD of your barrel at the end? they sell clamp on flash hiders and brakes for the SKS everywhere that may work, as well as clamp on threaded adapters.

taliv
December 28, 2006, 11:12 PM
love the mag 'camo'

erict
December 29, 2006, 10:12 AM
WOW, that is a beautiful waepon!

I hope you don't mind if I pick your brain a little more?

I get into restoring 67-87 Chevy trucks and have alot of paint/body equipment around the shop. what type of tools are required for doing a complete disassembly-recoat of this degree? I have a Paasche airbruch and 2 Devilbiss spray guns, compressor, sand/media blaster, etc.

What media was used to do the blasting? I assume regular sand at a decent distance/angle wouldn't warp any metal parts on a FAL like it would sheet metal on an automobile.

Does the Duracoat come ready to shoot or does it need to be reduced, hardened, etc.

Thanks for any help, links, etc. and again, congrats on a finely built rifle.

usmcdoc14
December 29, 2006, 11:00 AM
WOW, that is a beautiful waepon!

I hope you don't mind if I pick your brain a little more?

I get into restoring 67-87 Chevy trucks and have alot of paint/body equipment around the shop. what type of tools are required for doing a complete disassembly-recoat of this degree? I have a Paasche airbruch and 2 Devilbiss spray guns, compressor, sand/media blaster, etc.

What media was used to do the blasting? I assume regular sand at a decent distance/angle wouldn't warp any metal parts on a FAL like it would sheet metal on an automobile.

Does the Duracoat come ready to shoot or does it need to be reduced, hardened, etc.

Thanks for any help, links, etc. and again, congrats on a finely built rifle.
follow this link :D
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=538502

thats my write-up and will answer most of your questions

erict
December 29, 2006, 12:20 PM
Thank you Sir.

AndyC
December 29, 2006, 01:03 PM
Absolutely beautiful - you need to go over to falfiles.com and show that puppy off :D

Edit: Just noticed that you already have - man, you're too quick ;)

Thefabulousfink
December 29, 2006, 01:31 PM
One last question....

Did you make or buy the stencils for the mags?

usmcdoc14
December 29, 2006, 03:25 PM
One last question....

Did you make or buy the stencils for the mags

buy, i stopped seriously airbrushing years ago :p

Actually I was at the hobby center when I saw it and instantly a light went off in my head and I knew what had to be done. LOL
although making any stencil is not hard if you want to do it, just get some plastic sheet or old x-ray films work very well for it. Place it over the design you want and trace it with a permanent marker. Then use a Dremel or Xacto knife to cut it out.

michiganfan
December 29, 2006, 03:39 PM
good looking gun

Thin Black Line
December 29, 2006, 04:26 PM
Let's do the zombie pattern on Diane Feinstein's AK47.

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