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Possible to add carrying handle to DSA FAL?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dodging230grainers, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. dodging230grainers

    dodging230grainers Well-Known Member

    Just wondering, would it be possible to add a carrying handle to a DSA FAL 16" Carbine that normally did not come with one? Is the process to add one simple, or does it need gunsmithing?

    Can I just buy this and be good to go?


  2. Frightener 88

    Frightener 88 Well-Known Member

    I think it depends on if there is a cut in the reciever to accept the carry handle. If it isnt there, then Id imagine it isnt going to be a drop in feature. im no expert, just own an fal.
  3. wayne in boca

    wayne in boca Well-Known Member

    DSA makes their receivers with and without carry handle cut.If it is carry handle cut,just loosen the gas tube (and maybe remove the spacer)to install a new handle.Costs around 15 bucks.
    If it is not already cut for one,would not be worth the expense to change it,IMHO.
  4. Bwana John

    Bwana John Well-Known Member

    It's Not a Bloody Purse! :cuss:
  5. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    Eh, the carry handle comes in handy at times.
  6. dodging230grainers

    dodging230grainers Well-Known Member

    thanks for the replies.

    Also, can I swap out the STG58 handguards for authentic FAL handguards? I like the 3-slotted original look better.

    Can this be done myself?
  7. kfranz

    kfranz Well-Known Member

    HG's are a quick swap. StG58 HG's ARE authentic, unless DSA is running US versions.
  8. dodging230grainers

    dodging230grainers Well-Known Member

  9. Bwana John

    Bwana John Well-Known Member

    That would depend on if you got the short gas system or not.

    The short gas system tends to be more reliable with 16" barrels, but you loose sight radias.
  10. dodging230grainers

    dodging230grainers Well-Known Member

    How do I know? Mine is the standard DSA STG-58 16" Carbine. Don't all of DSA's carbines have the short gas system?
  11. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    I guess my question would be why you want a handle on such a short rifle anyway :)
  12. powermad

    powermad Well-Known Member

    If you have the metal handgaurds on it now, it is a normal length gas system that will have a short gas tube. Not to be confused with a short gas system.

    DSA has carbine (16") normal & short gas system rigs.
  13. powermad

    powermad Well-Known Member

    Here is a 16" barreled short gas system rig to compare with.

  14. dodging230grainers

    dodging230grainers Well-Known Member


    that makes me jealous. Nice gun.

    On my DSA carbine now sits the STG- style handguards, not the 3- slotted Belgium style handguards. I don't think the STG's are that short.

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