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My FAL is back!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Nightcrawler, Jun 29, 2006.

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  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Member

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    Just received this via FEDEX from Arizona Response Systems.

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    Started life as a pretty stock DSA STG-58A Austrian FAL, save the furniture. Replaced the rear sight with a windage-knob Para type, 16.25" Badger Ordnance barrel, Belgian flashhider, DSA alloy lower, Penguin buttstock adapted for a steel buttplate for a slightly shorter length of pull.

    I'd thought I'd put an index washer in the box to replace the carry handle with, but it must've fallen out somewhere. No matter. I can swap that out myself.

    The weapon is five inches shorter and a pound lighter than I remember it. It's just so cool and handy now, and the shorter LOP makes it faster to shoulder as well.

    *HAPPY DANCE*

    I've been waiting for this since I shipped it to ARS at the end of March. Mark Graham, the Gunplumber, has a long waiting list and is back-ordered, but the man does top notch work and I will be using ARS again in the future.

    Thumbs up.
     
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    Pic no work. Me want pic!
     
  3. Nightcrawler

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    That's odd. I can see it. The pic is just a link to the photo which I uploaded to THR's server.

    Try this: CLICK ME!
     
  4. Drewtam

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    links dont work either, tells me I dont have permissions to view?:(
     
  5. Nightcrawler

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    Trying one more time....
     
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  6. Evil Monkey

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    That is a nice FAL. I love the short barreled FALs.
     
  7. AndyC

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    Yum - Mark does nice work.
     
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    S W E E T
     
  9. BluesBear

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    Verrrrry nice indeed!

    It's worthy of you.
     
  10. MTMilitiaman

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    FALs are the one rifle that most makes me wish I was right eye dominant. I don't have a lot of experience with them, but just from what little I've handled of them and what I know about the placement of their controls, it doesn't seem like the rifle was set up for southpaw shooters :( :mad: :banghead:

    Nice rifle though :cool:
     
  11. Nightcrawler

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    What do you mean? I'm left handed, very much so.

    The charging handle is on the wrong side, but you don't need to use it but once. You hit the magazine release with your right thumb, and remove the mag with your right hand.

    After replacing it, you hit the bolt release with your left trigger finger (if you can reach; you might have to get your thumb up there, but it's still fast) and you're back in business. FAL never spits brass in my face or anything.
     
  12. Billy Sparks

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    I love ARS's work. So far I have 3 FALS they built, 1 870, 1 Browning HighPower, and 1 1911. Not to mention a couple of C&R guns I purchased from Mark directly. I have a list of guns I want him to work on.
     
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    Tell me about that rear sight.... :scrutiny:
     
  14. Nightcrawler

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    THIS is my rear sight.

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    They used to, but no longer make a version that's similar but didn't have the windage knob. I would've preferred this, as while the knob makes it easy to zero, it makes it more likely of having your zero accidentally upset, too.

    It has a small and large aperature, like the M16A2, compared to the standard para rear sight. On this sight, the two aperatures are ranged for 150 and 250 meters, I believe.
     
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    Nice, now don't go and scuff it up in some sort of adventure:evil: .
     
  16. Tsonda

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    it is a beut, now go and skuff (SP?) it up on an adventure! The FWRA was not meant to be idle.

    James
     
  17. Bwana John

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    Did Mark regulate the sights?

    Many short barrels with DSA Para sights shoot low, I had to file my front sight to a nub, it wouldnt screw in low enough.

    Have you shot it yet?
     
  18. Dr.Rob

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    Ugly snouty looking beast sure to make antis weep openly.

    How does it shoot?
     
  19. Nightcrawler

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    Alas, I cannot yet say. I'm off for tomorrow, then Monday I have to go back to work for four days. Even then, I've yet to locate a proper rifle range so I can zero the sights (the indoor range at Impact is too short for this purpose). To top it off, I unfortunately had to leave all of my ammo in Michigan when I moved out here. Bulk .308 is hard to find here, and I've got to make sure my month's bills are cleared before I order online.

    *sigh* This working stiff stuff sucks.
     
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    Volunteer Ordnance Works sells one like that. Link Here
     
  21. Medusa

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    mr. Nightcrawler, what a finest piece of military hardware you got there. This surely does look pretty. Thumbs up. It makes me almost wish for a FAL with red dot or something.
     
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