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#1


This is proving interesting without a manual, tools, or another built one that I can compare with.

Not doing too badly so far. Like any jigsaw puzzle, it gets easier the fewer pieces are left over that you haven't figured out where they go yet.

I just need to find a barrel vice and headspace gauge, and I'm sorted...

NTM
 
#2
If it's any help, the breech block and pistol grip are facing the wrong way.....

I think the big bit at the bottom of the picture is as well.

:)

(If I were you, I'd swap it for a Sterling SMG)
 
#4
#5
Hey CT,
Did all that fluff/ pubic hair/ whatever( see centre top of photo) come out of the weapon too?
Or do you keep a buffalo in the house?
 
#6
C_T, how the winter nights must fly by in your house...


:D
 
#7
Tartan_Terrier said:
I've heard that to avoid having to get a FFL you can buy all the component parts apart from the reciever (which you have to buy seperately and in an unfinished state) as a kit. Is that correct?
In terms of the FFL, it's irrelevant if you buy the whole rifle or just the upper receiver. The paperwork is still the same in the long run. The difference is when you start buying onesies-twosies like "I want a gas piston please." Having all the parts except for the upper receiver is pretty moot, you just have interesting paperweights. The main reason that FALs are so commonly found as 'kits' these days is that pesky American law prohibiting the import of foreign rifles after 1986. As a result, you can still import components except for the upper receiver which is the bit which defines the rifle. This also explains why that one piece is so expensive, as you are confined to what was in the country before 1986 or anything made in the US after that date.

How much cheaper is it than buying a finished rifle?
Difficult to say. If I hop on to the DSA website, I see that California-legal FALs are going for between $1,700 and $2200. Those are new rifles. I'm building mine using used components with exception of the upper receiver, hammer/trigger/sear and gas piston for about $900. The new upper receiver from DSA accounts for about $500 of that, used receivers, especially from other manufacturers, are a lot cheaper, down to $200-$300. Using a standard top cover instead of my California-style sight rail will drop another $100.

NTM
 
#8
http://www.clubi.ie/exalted/images/army/Ireland/FAL1.JPG
http://www.clubi.ie/exalted/images/army/Ireland/FAL2.JPG

It is done.

Easier build than I thought, once I borrowed my father-in-law and his lathe to trim the barrel down to size. Getting the locking shoulder in resulted in the interesting sight of my beating the bejasus out of the side of the rifle with a hammer, but it finally submitted to my will. Garage gunsmithing, what do you expect?

Stopped off at the gun store on the way home, $18 for 20 rounds, it's going to be an expensive toy.

How many lads on here have never had the pleasure of shooting the old SLR?

NTM
 
#10
What do you mean you can't put that together in under two minutes blindfolded?
 
#11
California_Tanker said:
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Stopped off at the gun store on the way home, $18 for 20 rounds, it's going to be an expensive toy.
Which comedian did a bit about about making all the guns you could possibly want legal, but the government should make sure every round cost about 50 grand? (You must really want something/someone dead if you're willing to spend 50k on the job.)
 
#12
California_Tanker said:
beating the bejasus out of the side of the rifle with a hammer, but it finally submitted to my will.
Man does only need two tools - a hammer and Plastic Explosives, problems are either fixed or they simply go away.

Stopped off at the gun store on the way home, $18 for 20 rounds, it's going to be an expensive toy.
Bit cheeky considering they are manufactued for around 20p (40cents) each.
 
#13
crabtastic said:
California_Tanker said:
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Stopped off at the gun store on the way home, $18 for 20 rounds, it's going to be an expensive toy.
Which comedian did a bit about about making all the guns you could possibly want legal, but the government should make sure every round cost about 50 grand? (You must really want something/someone dead if you're willing to spend 50k on the job.)
Chris Rock
 
#14
The State of Maryland tried that after an attempt to ban guns failed. The courts told it to get a life.

Bit cheeky considering they are manufactued for around 20p (40cents) each
I think it's an issue of supply and demand. I picked up a box of 9mm Para for my nice new Hi-Power, it runs at just over a tenner for a box of fifty. Difference is that the Army's shooting a lot more 7.62 these days than 9mm, it's eating into available production.

NTM
 

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