L1A1 scope mounts?


January 27, 2004, 12:39 AM
I just traded my mini 14 ranch for a century l1a1 sporter. I really like this gun a lot more than my mini, except the fact that there is a little play between the upper and lower receivers, and while it doesnt seem to affect the function in any way, the rear sight is mounted on the lower and the front is mounted on the upper. This does not seem conductive to good accuracy. The rear sight seems fairly crude anyway. What is a good scope mount/ rail ?

I do not want to sacrafice the durability of the gun, what would be a good, robust scope to put on this? I have never owned a gun with a scope before, i usually do not like them, and my only experience with them are on some of my dad's guns.

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January 27, 2004, 12:55 AM
DSA (http://www.dsarms.com) makes probably the best FAL scope mount on the market.

Additionally, you could dig up an original SUIT scope that the Brits used on theirs.

Not sure if the Century parts gun has an actual inch receiver or a metric receiver.

January 27, 2004, 11:33 AM
yeah, that is what i am leaning towards. I want something that i will be able to not worry about, something as sturdy as the original irons.

does anyone know if a little slop between the receivers is normal though? this is really starting to bug me. and what are the proper gas settings for the south african surplus? I was shooting some winchester usa through it and it never missed a beat, but on the older south african, i had to crank the gas setting up to 2, from the 5 for the winchester.

AZ Jeff
January 27, 2004, 12:14 PM
Gas settings on the FAL may need to be adjusted for each different brand of ammo you fire through the rifle.

Gotta remember--most major military powers specify fairly carefully the performance requirements of their issue ammuntion. Thus, once the rifle is regulated to fire the issue ammo, it will not need readjustment very often, if at all.

On the other hand, a civilian sport shooter who selects multiple different brands of ammo will find a greater chance of needing to readjust the gas system for the various brands.

The proper way to regulate the gas system on the FAL is as follows:
1. OPEN the gas exhaust port all the way
2. using a magazine, SINGLE LOAD the rifle and fire a cartridge. The action will open, but probably NOT lock open on the empty magazine
3. close the gas port regulator one click.
4. repeat 2 again.
5. keep repeating steps 2 and 3 until the rifle reliably locks open on an empty magazine when one round is fired.
6. close the gas regulator TWO MORE CLICKS.

The gas system is now regulated for the ammo in question, and has sufficient reserve to deal with fouling.

January 27, 2004, 03:36 PM
SA surplus is notoriously underpowered, so your results are not uncommon.

The play between the upper and lower receiver is odd. There is a catch in the lower receiver that engages the lug on the upper-it's right there, below the rear sight. That part might be worn. It's not tough to replace, but involve taking off the buttstock and removing the recoil springs, which can be interesting! Not a big deal if you are remotely mechanically inclined.


January 27, 2004, 05:03 PM
Tapco 3rd generation heavy duty mount sits on my rifle.

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