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FAL or M1A?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AJBarney, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. AJBarney

    AJBarney Active Member

    Looking for a fullpower cartridge semi-auto rifle. Which of these would you prefer and why?

    CETMEs any good?
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    The CETME is not a version of the FAL. The CETME is the the rifle the HK91 / G3 was based upon.

    Of the two you list I'd rather have the FAL for ease of maintenance. Leaving that list I'd rather have an AR-10 or SR-25 based rifle for far better accuracy, much easier mounting of optics, greater modularity, and even easier maintenance.
  3. creeper1956

    creeper1956 Well-Known Member

    Oh man... this is one of them "never to be settled" kinda questions. Just to be a wanker, I prefer the Sig PE57/AMT. :D

    CETME FAL? There's no such animal. The CETME is the father of the H&K G3.

  4. AJBarney

    AJBarney Active Member

    oh, sorry about my mixup there. never mind that question :D
  5. Narwhal

    Narwhal Well-Known Member

  6. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    My friend has both and I shoot them fairly often. The M1A is MUCH more accurate and fun to shoot, and the one I would buy.
  7. Kyle M.

    Kyle M. Well-Known Member

    I've owned both and if doing it over I'd go with the M1A.
  8. siglite

    siglite Well-Known Member

    .45 or 9mm?


    I prefer the M1A out of those two. But that's my preference. The market is trending towards AR pattern 308s and with reason. The OBR is a monster, as is the SR25. And my friend built his own 308 AR, and it shoots just as tight and just as reliably as our mutual friend's OBR.

    If I were looking PURELY on objective criteria, I would go the AR route. But shooting is not purely objective. And I bought myself a really nice M14, because something about it speaks to me. It was one of those situations where I dropped to the sitting position, hooked up the sling, threw it in my shoulder, and it felt like someone, somewhere, designed and built that rifle for me and me alone.

    So when the time came, I went about as high end as one could go on custom-tuned builds. I am very, very happy with my decision.

    Now, given my explanation above, you can see my bias. You might have the same experience with a FAL or CETME.
  9. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    To throw another one into the mix: SCAR 17S.

    You get a modern design that's ambidextrous, rugged, designed for optics, lightweight, and dirt resistant.

    Of course, you will pay for these features.

  10. checkmyswag

    checkmyswag Well-Known Member

    I think you'll find few who prefer the FAL. But those who do...really prefer them.
  11. 61chalk

    61chalk Well-Known Member

    M1A all the way.
  12. az_imuth

    az_imuth Well-Known Member

  13. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    I bought a FAL and want an M1A...does that count???

    Here's mine:
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  14. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    No real experience with the M1A but I built a FAL and have zero desire for an M1A. It's nothing to go 1,000 rounds or more without cleaning and zero worries, very reliable, best most fully tunable gas system ever produced, and available in a folding stock version to boot. No pistol grip or folding stock without mega bucks in the M1A. I can imagine I would be happy with an M1A though had I gone that route, they seem to be a great rifle too. The FAL was just a bit cheaper for me to acquire.

    GMHAYESUSN Well-Known Member

    M1A! We have original M-14s on my boat and they are a BLAST to shoot and in the right hands more capable than the m16 in my opinion. The FA capability was taken away a few months after i arrived to the boat but not before i had some fun. Something about this gun is just addicting to me.
  16. JSNAPS

    JSNAPS Well-Known Member

    If you are not budget limited and want the penultimate .308 battle rifle get a 17s.
  17. ZekeLuvs1911s

    ZekeLuvs1911s New Member

    Get both! I got both and the M1A is prettier. :D However, you can't go wrong with a FAL either.
  18. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    I'll consider that the ultimate battle rifle when 90 nations adopt it.
  19. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    While I think the FAL is an outstanding battle rifle, I prefer the M1a.

    Better sights, in the match version, outstanding accuracy, I like the open top design and having the ability to positively close the bolt. My M1a triggers are outstanding, I have never felt a stock box FAL trigger as good.

    The basic problem in comparing is that the advantageous features found in one are not duplicated in the other. So it really is, do you like chocolate or vanilla for your ice cream?, because you can’t have both.

    So when it comes to that choice, I will take the M1a.
  20. Adam123

    Adam123 Well-Known Member

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