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Should I FAL for this?
« on: July 30, 2020, 11:20:27 am »
PSA has a reduced price on an Isreali FAL parts kit.  No receiver or barrel.  Price is $299.

DS Arms has a replica Isreali Light FAL receiver for $425.  I would grab a light barrel when I find one.

Currently my 308 collection has a CETME and an AR.  Should I add a FAL?  Can the FAL cognoscenti comment on this kit?
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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 12:12:27 pm »
    I bought one from Apex last year, it was in fairly decent shape.  It's currently with Arizona Response Systems being built and refinished.  I also bought one of the complete Officer model rifles that DSA built.

    The question is if the ones PSA has on clearance are bottom of the barrel or not.   I've heard of some people that got really nice ones in the last couple of months, and some that were pretty rough.  Might be down to luck of the draw.   

    If you want one, I'd probably go ahead and give it a shot.   If you decide to not go ahead with the project, you could probably get your money back selling the parts after the kits are not available any more.   Also, up until this last batch of kits came in within the past couple of years,  the Israeli stuff was pretty rare.
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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 09:06:29 pm »
    I bought one a few months ago.  Still waiting for DSA to get barrels.  I signed up for the "Notify me when in stock" and last time they sold out in less than 12 hours.  (Which sucked, since, being on night shift at the time, I was asleep when they sent the email out first thing in the morning.  So, still waiting.)
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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 11:23:08 am »
    Well, you guys were supposed to tell me how bad they suck and save me $300 (plus a barrel, receiver, tools and 922R compliance parts)

    But, as usual, you are a bunch of enablers and now I have a parts kit on the way :clap
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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 11:36:51 am »
    You can also build them with a non Israeli barrel if you want. Your kit may come with or without a muzzle device.   The early Israeli rifles had a special lugged barrel to take a special bayonet that had a pseudo-flashhider built into it.   Of course,  most of the time they would end up working loose and falling off if you tried to fire the gun with it on there.   Later, many of them were upgraded to take the standard Belgian style flash hider.   So if you use a non Israeli pattern barrel, it will probably come already threaded.  You may need to get a taller front sight (especially if you get one that has the gas block pre-installed), since the Israeli guns used the earlier higher rear sights.

    Honestly if you are just going to build one,  I would just sent it to Arizona Response Systems to have it built.   By the time you buy the tools, you wouldn't be saving any money if you are just building one.  He'll do it right and you should have something that looks almost like a brand new gun when it is done. 

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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 11:44:38 am »
    Also, DSA is perpetually out of stock on a lot of parts.   I'd advise to sign up for the emails, and then jump on it immediately when something shows up that you need.   I spent a year trying to get an Israeli receiver.  Missed the email a couple of times and they were sold out within a few hours.   Finally got one from a gun shop in Arizona that happened to have them.  Cost me an extra $50 or so, but I was tired of waiting.  Of course,  DSA got them back in stock again a few days after I ordered it.    :banghead

    I was also able to snag one of their Australian inch pattern ones a few weeks ago.   I've got an Australian kit I built on an Entreprise Type III Metric receiver back in 2001,  and I wanted to convert it to be a proper inch pattern gun.   
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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #6 on: July 31, 2020, 04:05:05 pm »
    I got on the list for the Isreali light barrel, unthreaded.  I am resisting the urge to just buy an isreali repro receiver, although maybe I should just do it.
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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #7 on: July 31, 2020, 10:26:13 pm »
    I'd go ahead and do it.    You can build it with any receiver, but might as well get the one with the cool markings. 

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    Re: Should I FAL for this?
    « Reply #8 on: August 03, 2020, 11:34:27 am »
    Ordered it. Also on their list to be notified when the unthreaded Israeli pattern light barrel is back in stock.
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