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    Default I want to build an FAL.......NO IDEA HOW

    I recently build an AK the build went well.

    Iím trying to branch out now.
    Iíve always loved the look of an FAL; Iím very interested in building one.

    When I began to research how to build an AK I found movies and pages of info, however I have not been so lucky with the FAL information.

    Is there a reputable source that gives detailed info as to how to build a FAL kit?

    Also where can I find a reasonable kit? Receiver? And necessary parts?

    Also is the barrel threaded or is it pressed in? Does it have a barrel pin?

    I honestly know nothing and would like to know more.

    Thank you,
    Jason

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    FNFAL.com / The FAL Files is your friend when it comes to FAL's.

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    The FALFiles is THE resource for building one. An FAL is pretty basic on the build, bbl install and headspace are the main operations, the rest is pretty much reassembly from a field strip. The bbl is screwed in to about the 10:30 to 11:00 position by hand, then turned in with tools to 12:00. Problem is sometimes the bbl doesn't time properly, you then have to turn down the bbl shoulder to allow it to turn farther in by hand, or use a shim washer to space it out. Once the bbl is in, you put a GO Guage in the chamber and lock the bolt in. The rear of the bolt tips down against a locking shoulder that fits in a hole in the receiver. This determines headspace, different sizes of shoulder exist to set it. A guage rod is placed in the hole, either a stepped one or a set of different sizes. Once the rod diameter that fits tightly is determined, the locking shoulder size is calculated and installed. With the GO, the bolt should close with two thumbs applying pressure, and not close on a NO-GO. If it passes, the rest is just basic reassembly.

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    Wow that descripiton is througho.
    I also found this website Building the FAL at Home, Assembly
    it seems to be a good guide.

    I will read It over and get a better idea of what to do.

    WHERE CAN I BUT KITS?
    and RECEIVERS?

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    I found kits and barrels at apex.

    https://www.apexgunparts.com/product...oducts_id/1557

    https://www.apexgunparts.com/product...roducts_id/763

    does anyone have any experience with these kits?
    are they quality?

    only one thing I cant find receivers, or uppers?
    anyone have any ideas?

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    Smartflix also rents a video on FAL building.
    SmartFlix, the Web's Biggest How-To DVD Rental Store

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    Gun Plumber at Arizona Response Systems sell a book on assembling a FAL. He did a great job describing every detail along with pictures. This is a great reference even after you have built one.
    www.arizonaresponsesystems.com is the link.
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    Max, it's his video at the Smartflix link. Sixteen bucks to rent the two disc set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XORstatus View Post
    I found kits and barrels at apex.

    https://www.apexgunparts.com/product...oducts_id/1557

    https://www.apexgunparts.com/product...roducts_id/763

    does anyone have any experience with these kits?
    are they quality?

    only one thing I cant find receivers, or uppers?
    anyone have any ideas?
    I got one of the Apex early belgium kit.
    It's real nice. Does have bipod. I also got one of their metric barrels.
    The bore on mine is very good-excellent cond., but is not contoured
    for using bipod. Live and learn.

    Coonan, DSA, Century carries receivers.
    DSA being the best from what I have heard.
    Me, I'm rewelding bits into a receiver.

    You will need a receiver wrench and barrel vise.
    I got mine from this guy.
    http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...2&goto=newpost

    You will notice that FAL kits will tend to go for big bucks on Gunbroker
    or the Fal Files. A nice Austrian STG 58 might go for 750-900.
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    When you buy your G1 fal kit,barrel, and receiver, every thing will come to light.
    Try to get one that matches. Bolt, bolt carrier, and lower unit. Than have the receiver
    stamped to match the other parts.After you build it, you'll keep it for a long long time.
    I'll post a few pictures on making the folding bipod work, sometimes today.

    First, put the 2 bipod brackets in the barrel grove. If it line up, and you can start the screws ,your good to go. If not, than remove a small amount of metal from inside of brackets. About 1/16' on both sides. When the brackets threads lines up on the barrel, your ready to install the legs. Put on the bipod bracket on the barrel,and hold in place with a vice grip on one side. Place the spring,and keeper rod in the leg. It's easy to install the legs in the open mode.
    IT'S A REAL EASY TASK.
    Install the rifle slang as needed.
    Last edited by jimmy t; 01-07-2011 at 02:06 PM.
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