FAL L1A1 (Enfield)

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by bleak23, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    I know someone who is selling one. I know nothing about rifles. :confused:

    It is a British L1A1 version of a FAL made by Enfield. Comes with 3 mags, scope, hard case and 200 rounds of Israeli surplus .308 ammo for $650.

    Is it a good deal? What should I be looking for?
     
  2. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Sounds like a good deal to me.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm used to overinflated prices in Kalifornia, but that sounds really good if it's in nice shape.
     
  4. Boyerracing343

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  5. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    No, I don't. That would help a lot, wouldn't it. I'll see if I can get him to send me some.
     
  6. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Find out whose receiver it is built on. And see if you can test fire it first.

    But if it works, for $650, I'd buy it.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Make sure it does not have "Century" stamped on it. They are making L1A1 pattern rifles. Trying to pass a Century made FAL as an Enfield made L1A1 should be a criminal offense.
     
  8. bleak23

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    Here it is. Looks good, yes?

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  9. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    This from the seller...

    Just from what he says and what you all say, I think this is a very good deal. Now I just need to arrange a meeting to shoot it. :eek:
     
  10. CA357

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  11. Petel

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    Hello.
    Your picture has cropped the flash hider. Does it ( the flash hider ) have long slots or drilled holes please?

    Is the bolt ( visible through the ejection port ) smooth sided or does it have diagonal cuts please?
    Thank you.
     
  12. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    Petel, I'm not selling it, I'm buying it. :D

    I'll know more when I see it. Hopefully on Sunday. Thanks.
     
  13. Petel

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I fully appreciate that you are considering purchasing the rifle, I am simply asking the questions.
    Thank you.
     
  14. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    The flash muzzle(?) has three holes in a line.

    The bolt is beveled so I guess you mean cuts.
     
  15. Petel

    Petel New Member

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    Thank you for your reply and the confirmation.

    If the flash hider has holes rather than slots and the bolt is smooth sided having no cleaning grooves, then the arm started its life not as an L1A1 SLR but as an FN FAL.

    None the less, it looks a nice piece of kit.
    Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  16. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    Thank you for this information. Nothing wrong with an FN FAL, right?

    I told the seller about this thread so maybe he will chime in here.
     
  17. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Nothing wrong with an FN FAL in the least. It's the original.
     
  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The problem I have with the seller is the L1A1 was never full auto. The Brits had semi-auto only FAL pattern rifles. All others were select fire. If he does not know this, what else does he not know about the rifle? Is he truthful or is he overly boastful about the rifle?

    The whole full auto comment REALLY raises some red flags about this guy.
     
  19. Petel

    Petel New Member

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    Perhaps you are being a little unkind here Robo.

    If as I suspect, the arm is an FN FAL, it would have been full auto capable at manufacture, this would account for the lower receiver change, in order to comply with your laws. This would be why full auto was mentioned in the first place.

    Given the visual similarities, it is quite possible that the owner just assumed ( or may have been mistakenly told ) that it was an L1A1. I have had to correct this impression many times over the years.

    The FAL is a tried and tested arm, rugged and reliable, provided it is in good condition now and has not had its barrel washed out by repeated use of poor quality ammo, there is no reason why it should not continue to give good service.

    Regards.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  20. CA357

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    I personally prefer the M1A, but the FAL is called "the right arm of the free world" for a reason.