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    Default Considering an FAL kit build, tips?

    I saw an ad in the Shotgun news for a $134 INBEL FAL parts kit, and was wondering what challenges lay ahead of me? I've done a few AK builds and a few AR build, and even a 1911 or two, but the FAL seems a bit more complex. The price for receives seems to be around $300, and then there are the US parts count. Making one of these in the $500 range.

    Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Things to avoid? Good online kit sources?

    Thanks

    Jim

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    $134 sounds pretty good for an FAL kit unless it is from Sarco then I would look elsewhere. A reciever for $300 is also a very good price unless it says something other than DS Arms, DCI, Enterprise or Imbel.

    You will have a tough time building an FAL for $500 these days unless you go bottom of the barrel parts....Those days are long gone........

    If you can build an AK you can definitely build an FAL...As AK's, the tools for an FAL build can get expensive
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    I'm betting that kit was from Inter Ordnance.

    I've got one matching # kit from them that I paid more for. It was as advertised and is in really good shape mechanically.

    I bought one of the el cheapo kits from them a while back, not knowing that it was a non matching kit. The parts are in good shape, but almost no finish.

    Buy one if you want it.
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    The only specialty tools really REQUIRED for an FAL build are a receiver wrench and a set of headspace guages. There are a lot of other "convenience" tools out there, but a well equipped home shop can get by with just those 2 items. You can make your own wrench. There are also many build parties for these going on, so you might not need any tools of your own.

    The main assembly on an FAL is the barrelling and headspace setting by means of a selective sized locking shoulder. After that is done it's just basic reassembly after field stripping with some areas usually requiring a little fitting.


    Go for it, everybody should own an FAL! Or three.

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    I will be posting a build tutorial on my site this coming week.

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    you also need a guage rod to measure what size locking shoulder you need.

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    Drill bit shanks = guage rod. Not as precise but usually gets the job done.

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    Even if the drill bits were precision sized, which they're not, there are not enough sizes.
    A FAL will usually headspace with somewhere between a .256 and .261 pin gauge.
    A 1/4" or E bit is .250 the next size up is a F which is .257 then a G at .261.
    There is nothing in .256, .258, .259 or .260
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62x39
    Even if the drill bits were precision sized, which they're not, there are not enough sizes.
    A FAL will usually headspace with somewhere between a .256 and .261 pin gauge.
    A 1/4" or E bit is .250 the next size up is a F which is .257 then a G at .261.
    There is nothing in .256, .258, .259 or .260
    exactly !!!


    I said the tools "can" get expensive. Depends on how many you plan to build eventually. If you only plan on building one then you are better off having someone else do the barrel timing and headspacing for you and then you do the rest. unless you are the Mcgiver type.....There are many shadetree ways of doing many things....but all arent safe....
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    I haven't done it yet but getting ready to. This is where I plan to go. His kits run about 500 and a DSA receiver is 500. Look at his picures of his builds. If I don't do this I'll buy straight from DSA.

    http://www.gunpartsguy.com/

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