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FAL on a snowy day

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Storm, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Storm

    Storm New Member

    Today I had hoped to head to the outdoor range to do a little rifle shooting, but as my luck would have it it's a rare wet and snowy day in Georgia. So, I decided to spend the day at home with a rifle that doesn't get near enough attention. That rifle is a CAI FAL R1 A1.

    I picked the gun up three years ago "new" for $400 and have only shot it a couple of times to check function. It's a "unibrow" but it works. I knew nothing about choosing an FAL when I bought it. It's an Australian inch lower with a metric receiver. I guess if I had to have a "FrankenFal" (not exactly the top of the FAL heap) I'd rather it be a metric receiver considering all of my mags are metric. The only major change on it has been going with a T48 forearm stock which seems to me to potentially provide for better barrel cooling (or not) and offers a very positive grip.

    This rifle is pretty roughly finished compared to some of the FAL's that I've seen like the DSA, but that's fine by me as I will never feel the need to baby it. It's a lot of rifle. Maybe next week it'll spin some lead. There's just something about this rifle...a truly classic battlerifle.

    Now that I think about it, I have a CETME that's also begging for some attention.

  2. husker

    husker New Member

    its one tough looken om-bray. makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just looking at it. hope old Frankenstein shoots good for ya! omaha= 5 inches snow friday night
  3. Storm

    Storm New Member

    Thanks. It was an impulse buy that I have not regretted. It's brute of a rifle. I saw some film of Aussies carrying them in Vietnam and I truly felt for them. It's one of those battlerifles that was used in battle in semi-auto configurations, so it's no compromise.

    Anyone here shoot 7.62 NATO full auto from an FAL? What was it like?
  4. auberg

    auberg New Member

    I've got one very much like yours. I bought mine about 6 months ago though, not new, but I figure the previous owner worked out any bugs. I took it to the range right away and ran about 3 mags through it without problems. I'm swapping out the furniture on mine with all wood that I'm refinishing. Once I get it finished, I'll post some pics.

    Have fun with it.
  5. Frankl03

    Frankl03 Member

    This is my baby!

    Its a STG58 on a DSA receiver. Its a great shooter.

    Have fun at the range! Hope yours shoots well!

  6. 4thPointOfContact

    4thPointOfContact New Member

    Hey, same as mine, almost.
    I picked up one of the FrankenFAL's a few years back and have had good luck with it.

    I changed out the standard rear sight for a Canadian one, it's a folding disk shaped sight graduated from 100-400 metres. I also put on a Canadian top cover which will accept stripper clips and switched back to a last-round BHO which is just a screwdriver away.

    My lower is modified just a little bit so that I can use my trigger finger to release the magazine, but I'm divided between doing that and going back to the L1A1 left hand release. Maybe if I could find a 'Big Ring' magazine release it will be easier to make up my mind.

    The only shortcomings I can really think of on the FAL is the stock, folding sight. I keep worrying that it'll be in the down position just when needed most. I'd almost consider welding it in the up position :). Now, if I can just remember where I saw that hood for the rear sight to keep the sun out, I'll be much happier.

    Storm, I like that T48 forend, I might just pick one up for mine.
  7. Storm

    Storm New Member

    That forend is made by TAPCO. It's a good solid peice of furniture. I'm often tempted to put the original CAI forened back on, but it's so flimsy. The T48 really does offer a great grip.

    I really did enjoy my time with the FAL yesterday even if I couldn't shoot it. It;s funny how much we can enjoy our rifles even when we aren't shooting them. I had once researched this rifle but had failed to write down what I had found out, so I had to go back to the FAL Files to figure it out. FALs can be confusing. IDing the inch lower as Aussie was easy, but the receiver was a bit confusing. Overall it's clearly metric but has some inch features like the front part of the folding charging handle slide missing (ground away, I assume) and indents present for the top cover, and sand cuts. I just wish that I could use a metric buttstock.

    Still, a very pleasant afternoon was had re-aquainting myself with an old friend.

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