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notdku 08-04-2007 01:44 AM

Anyone own a FAL? I've been looking into them but haven't found a retailer for them here in the US whole just found part kits. If you own one or have shot one what are your opinions on them.

FALPhil 08-04-2007 02:35 AM

FALs rock.

I have built a few dozen. They can be assembled with a few hand tools and a bench vise. In general, they are not super accurate, but once in a while you get an accurate one. They are pretty reliable - not as reliable as an AK but more reliable than an AR. They are ergonomic and are natural pointers. They are main battle rifles, not assault rifles. They are heavy by today's standards, but not as heavy as a Garand. They do not tolerate sandy environments well, but they do tolerate wet/cold environments very well. They make a pretty good general purpose rifle.

There is a reason why 80 countries adopted them as a primary weapon. A lot of people don't realize that the FAL was the Bundeswehr's first choice and that the HK was their third choice (Swiss PE57 was the second choice).

You can find out just about anything you want to know about FALs at

notdku 08-04-2007 02:42 AM

Is there any major relation between the FAL and Galil ?

ranger_sxt 08-04-2007 04:32 AM


Originally Posted by notdku (Post 5646)
Is there any major relation between the FAL and Galil ?

No. The Galil is based, loosely, on the Klashnikov system,

FALPhil 08-04-2007 07:41 PM


Originally Posted by ranger_sxt (Post 5653)
No. The Galil is based, loosely, on the Klashnikov system,

Actually, it's not all that loose, if you consider the early milled AKs. Between my Galil and milled AK, many parts are interchangeable. Tapco G2 FCGs drop right in.

The IDF switched from the FAL to the Galil (which was known as the R4 in the RSA) after the Six Day War because there were reports of sand getting into the action and bollixing up the works. However, I have not seen a definitive study on this, and my BS meter rises when I hear this. I suspect that there were other, more nationalistic reasons that were not publicized. The reason I say this is that the Brits never complained about sand in their FALs and kept soldiering on with them. Also, I know two fellows that went to work for a PMO after they got out of the Army, and both ended up on the Arabian peninsula, and both carried FALs as their personal weapons, and said they never had issues with them.

Israeli FALs are equipped with forward assist cocking handles.

notdku 08-04-2007 11:12 PM


Have you shot a Galil? Which did you prefer the Galil or FAL and why?

Does anyone import non-auto Galil's?

shipwreck 08-05-2007 03:10 PM

We're slowly trying to build up the FN FAL section at our forum - there are a few FAL afficinados there now, if ya have any questions...

SabreArms 08-05-2007 04:17 PM

Whats the going rate on a kit built FAL???

SabreArms 08-05-2007 04:20 PM

Oooops sorry already found the question and answer. my bad

Bidah 08-05-2007 07:19 PM

For ready built FAL's it comes down to DSA and Entreprise Arms, although a Centry will pop up now and then. DSA is the cream of the crop, and worth the price.

I am still debating selling mine. Great rifle, but it doesn't "fit" me, so my overall shooting of it suffers. I am at that point where it is either spend the money and make some major changes, or sell it and move on.


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