Shooting my suppressed FAL today (pics and vids)


January 31, 2011, 05:31 PM
I finally got out to shoot my FAL with suppressor today since I got it cut down to 16" and had the mount put on so I can use my suppressor with it.

I set the gas port up initially so all the gas would hit the piston and shot the rifle with no suppressor and was happy that it functioned fine. I put about 20 rounds through it, and got positive ejection of the brass and no malfunctions. Next, I set the gas port up to vent off as much gas as possible. With the suppressor on it, I'm told that there will be too much gas and backpressure, so I did all I could to vent off everything I could.

We shot 60 more rounds through the rifle with the suppressor on it and all functioned fine. There was quite a bit of gas in the face and everything is black with carbon, but the gun appeared to function fine and we didn't notice any overabundance of gas. I didn't notice the bolt slamming into the rear of the receiver or any obvious signs of overpressure. I've got a rubber recoil buffer behind the bolt and although it was covered in carbon, it didn't look any worse for wear.

Overall, the suppressor cut down on recoil a bit, and noise quite a bit, but I wouldn't say it's hearing safe. Still fairly loud, not nearly as quiet as it is on my bolt rifle with 22" barrel.

Some specs:
FAL - IAI M444 - All Imbel
16" barrel
DSA rail
Aimpoint - ML3 - 2 MOA dot
Ammo: Portuguese - 147 grain - 7.62x51 NATO (.308)
Suppressor - AAC - 762SD

Target - 125 yards
Temp: 28 degrees

Me with the rifle

The target (IPSC sized AR500 steel silhouette)

Shooting the rifle
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Video of me shooting the rifle

Video of Branden shooting rifle

Video from above (only 2 shots)

There was definitely a lot of gas. You don't want to shoot it without eye protection. Also, since it was cold and humid, quite a bit of moisture accumulated quickly in the rifle and you'd get a wet blast of gas on your face with each shot. Nothing painful, but definitely unpleasant. I got a nice black mark on my nose where some of the gas was exiting the rear of the receiver.

Gas on my nose:
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January 31, 2011, 07:30 PM
You got a spot on your nose :)

Chris Rhines
January 31, 2011, 07:44 PM
Looks like a fun toy. Thanks for sharing!


January 31, 2011, 08:15 PM

Al Thompson
January 31, 2011, 09:32 PM
Ditto! Very nice!

January 31, 2011, 10:11 PM
Shootin' in the snow! COOL! (pun intended) Good vids too. Fun to get out no matter what the weather. I live in mid Tenn. and we had snow last time I went to the range.


January 31, 2011, 10:16 PM
If its overgassed with the bleed wide-open, you can notch the gas piston to allow greater blow-by.

I'll bet the trigger group is filthy too.

January 31, 2011, 11:20 PM
very cool. wish i could swing that kind of money for a silencer on my .308

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