View Full Version : I need FAL help QUICK!
11-16-2005, 02:46 PM
I've decided to order a FAL kit. I don't know anything about these. I can see there's either a metric or inch version. Is there any specific advantage to one or the other? Parts wise or building wise? I'd sure appreciate any quick advice as i'm in the buying mood RIGHT NOW:) :)
11-16-2005, 03:01 PM
Metric parts are a lot more common.
11-16-2005, 03:12 PM
Metric is much more common. Easier to get parts.
11-18-2005, 11:02 AM
Metric parts are more common and it is easier to barrel.
Most imortant is the US made metric parts are much easier to find than US inch parts. You need at least 6 or 7 US parts to build a Fal within compliance regs.
11-18-2005, 11:37 AM
Assembly is essentially the same. Barrel is screwed into receiver and torqued into alignment. Headspace is set with different size locking shoulders pressed into the receiver. The only real difference is that the Inch rifles use an indexing washer to get the initial barrel timing set before torquing into place. Different thickness washers are used to get the gas tube notch to line up at 11:00 before final tightening.
For correct Inch receivers, DSA is the only real game in town. Century Inch receivers are a bastardized metric abomination. The DSA Inch receiver is $450. Metric receivers run from $200 to $500+. Metric receivers are availble in Type 1, 2, and 3 variations to match your kit and budget. There will be new receivers available in the near future from a couple of manufacturers.
Metric magazines are dirt CHEAP! Inch magazines are not all that cheap, when compared to metric availability and price. Metric magazines will fit Inch receivers, but not vise versa.
There seem to be more stock set options for the Metric rifles as well. Wood, plastic, fibreglass, and steel are available.
If you're just looking to buy a FAL type rifle, I would recommend the Metric over the Inch for the reasons mentioned in all of the replies.
11-18-2005, 12:38 PM
http://www.falfiles.com has all the info on them you could ever want to know. Also, if you are building one, I recommend T. Mark Graham's Gunplumber videos and manual, from ARS (arizona response systems).