Yep, I'm the NFG. I have lurked around your site here and I am impressed with the level of knowledge found here. I am going to buy an FAL, I just don't know when and which one. I do not feel like I am even remotely qualified to build one, so I will have get a store bought rifle. I am sure that each of you has a personal preference and that htis may well start a lot an argument, but here are my questions:
I have the money to buy a CAI from J&G but there is some negativity about the quality of the CAI brand. Would it be better to wait until I have enough to buy a better quality rifle? This may take a year or more and I'm a married man. My wife keeps wanting to blow it on bills.
I have gotten the impression that the CAI guns are either really good or a POS depending on the condition of the parts used to assemble them. Which am I more likely to get a good parts set in, a metric or inch FAL? Which is more likely to have a bunch of worn out crap installed? Is one newer or less likely to be badly worn than the other?