Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: CIA sporter?

  1. #1
    No Hope For Me Coils's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    PA Where the Amish Roam Free
    Posts
    13,641
    Feedback Score
    38 (100%)

    Default CIA sporter?

    Is a Center International Arms FAL sporter one of those with the butthole stock?
    What's the going rate for a used one?
    What to look for, problem areas?

    Local shop has one and I'm thinking about putting it on lay-away.

  2. #2
    NoWorkCamp4Me railbuggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Cincinnati,OHIO
    Posts
    4,106
    Feedback Score
    4 (100%)

    Default

    I picked up an older CAI FAL L1A1 at the goodman show in cincinnati april 5/6.$550 is what I paid,No buthole stock,19 1/2 inch barrel.and non matching numbers,no flash hider.Havent shoot it yet. My research found ther is no collector value but it should be a good shooter.I passid it up on the 5th and did a post on it.A member at Jeffs place told me I should have gotten it,said I could part it out and make a profit. If she shoots good my next buy will be a bi-pod and scope mount for it.
    SOON-We already lost the war. You are the resistance.

  3. #3
    No Hope For Me Coils's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    PA Where the Amish Roam Free
    Posts
    13,641
    Feedback Score
    38 (100%)

    Default

    Thanks, I think I'll have to take a closer look at it next time I stop by the shop, I think he wants $550 but it's been there a while and he might come down a little just to get rid of it.

  4. #4
    Gunco Member ffleudur's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    22
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    There are several versions of Century FAL sporters made using different sources of parts and on different types of receivers.

    A couple of things to look for are whether the gun is a pre- or post-ban configuration (flash hider, bayonet lug, pistol grip). Whether it was built with Metric or Inch parts (Inch models can usually be distinguished by the fold down cocking handle and fold-down rear sight). I think the inch versions were built earlier on and the more recent ones are built with Metric parts. With respect to the receivers used, Century had their own branded receivers, and also built some on Imbel receivers imported from Brazil. The Imbel receiver versions may be more desirable. If the Century R1A1 receiver is used, you should look at the feed ramps leading to the back end of the barrel. Some of them are "unibrow" and have a single large ramp. This design, while consistent with the very early FALs, does not feed very well. A two-feed-ramp receiver is more desirable.

  5. #5
    Citizen, Patriot, Ranger bellson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Peoples Republik of Kalifornia
    Posts
    2,593
    Feedback Score
    7 (100%)

    Default

    Hi Coils,

    I have two of the Century Sporters, one is an L1A1, and the other is a metric built from South African parts. Both are great shooters.....

    The only problem I had was due to a loose fitting gas plug that I didn't notice..No big deal, Century fixed it in about 10 days total.

    I'd say do it....

    Bellson

  6. #6
    No Hope For Me Coils's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    PA Where the Amish Roam Free
    Posts
    13,641
    Feedback Score
    38 (100%)

    Default

    OK look for pre- or post-ban stuff, folding charging handle and rear sight a +, try to determine what receiver and check the feed ramp.


    Or just say "hell with it" and just get it like Bellson suggests.

    Thanks for the help guys.

  7. #7
    Gunco Member mcrider39's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    276
    Feedback Score
    7 (100%)

    Default

    we have bunch of them around here and they run all about $600 to $700 for either style

  8. #8
    Gunco Rookie oksooner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    17
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)

    Default

    Figure your cheapest receiver now is $250 min (when you can find one of the CAI receivers) and a complete parts kit is $275. Not to mention compliance parts......

    For $550 (maybe OTD since they've had it a while) you'd be crazy not to jump on it.

    Hopefully you've bought a decent amount of 308 in the last 5 years to feed it. Otherwise, the current prices will break your bank!!

  9. #9
    No Hope For Me Coils's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    PA Where the Amish Roam Free
    Posts
    13,641
    Feedback Score
    38 (100%)

    Default

    Good points about the receivers and parts kits oksooner.

    Hopefully you've bought a decent amount of 308 in the last 5 years to feed it. Otherwise, the current prices will break your bank!!
    I got about 1500 rnds right now, but almost all ammo (exept 22lr) is getting expensive.

  10. #10
    BANNED nalioth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    1,529
    Feedback Score
    4 (100%)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ffleudur View Post
    Whether it was built with Metric or Inch parts (Inch models can usually be distinguished by the fold down cocking handle and fold-down rear sight). I think the inch versions were built earlier on and the more recent ones are built with Metric parts.
    All of the Century builds were done on metric receivers.
    Quote Originally Posted by ffleudur View Post
    A two-feed-ramp receiver is more desirable.
    You have raised some confusion with this. There is no Fal with two feed ramps. You are referring to the 'widows peak' feed ramp, which is the desirable one (Imbel made these with Century markings). The Century unibrow receiver is the one that doesn't work very well.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Search tags for this page

There are currently no search engine referrals.
Click on a term to search our site for related topics.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •