Rookie FN-FAL question


November 11, 2003, 03:26 AM
There seems to be a variety of FN-FAL -type rifles on the market...for the best combination of value and reliability, what model or maker is most recommended? Which are to be avoided?

My use of this rifle would be primarily recreation but I'd expect it to fill a defensive role if needed.

Thank you!

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November 11, 2003, 04:33 AM
Well I can tell you a little but for the most up to date information go to the

For finished rifles the cats a$$ is going to be DSA and then you got Century Arms international, which seems to be a crap shoot. Then you got kit rifles which you buy the receiver and a parts kit and get to figuring out how to put the thing together with enough legal parts and not blow yourself up after. Basically you got two types of receivers, metric and inch. Metric seems to be the most common. Receivers run from $150 to $450 and parts kits run around $300 to $350. The average seems to be about $500 to $550 for the parts and if you have a smith build it for you another $200 for that.

In MY opnion, stay away from Hess and Century Arms International. DSA, Imbel, FN, and Coonan are good to go. The G1 and STG58 kits are good to go with any of the good receivers listed above.

I have a STG58 kit on a Imbel receiver, and is my SHTF and GP rifle.

Just my .02 but really go to the falfiles for more and better info

November 11, 2003, 08:27 AM

You'll get the idea. :D

November 11, 2003, 09:17 AM
Unless you are a competent gunsmith, I would advise staying away from anything other than:

Original factory built FALs (Belgian, G1, IMBEL).
Springfield Armory SAR-48 (actual IMBEL made FAL) or SAR-4800
DSA - makes both new production and quality rebuilds

Most anything else will be crapshoots. There are a lot of FALs being built in garages from kits and these are of a quality level all across the board. Unless you have confidence in the person who built such a rifle, I wouldn't want it if I didn't know how to build one myself and had the proper tools and gauges. Don't know about you but I don't consider myself mechanically inclined so I'm not interested in buying problems.

I would encourage you to visit the forums for some great FAL information. These guys do a lot of building of FALs and you can get some great information.

November 11, 2003, 10:06 AM
I agree with the other posters. I have a Springfield SAR48 and it is a dream. Fit and finish, very tight, and has a match grade barrel. Shoots MOA. The Century FALs are close enough for government work, and at only $500, an OK deal, but not preferred. A Century will need some work and tuning unless you are lucky.

November 11, 2003, 10:39 AM
Thank you all for this info! I'll hit these recommended sites and do some reading! :)

November 12, 2003, 05:55 AM
I'll second the SAR-48. Quality throughout and a fantastic (accurate) shooting rifle. I loved mine. If you look around hard enough you can sometimes find well cared for pre-ban SAR-48s for about the same price of a NIB DSA (depending on model and options).

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