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My First FAL

jc007

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Hi,
On impulse I recently picked up a FAL at auction. I'm a fan but not too knowledgeable about these rifles. Any info would be appreciated.

What I do know.
  1. The receiver is a Hesse FAL-H (metric).
  2. Most of rifle is assembled with Israeli parts.
  3. It has what looks to be a Belgian-style combo device welded to a bipod coupler(!), and the coupler pinned and welded to the barrel. Luckily the armorer didn't hide the welds since I'm going to have to (attempt to) remove the muzzle device.
  4. The lower looks to be early Israeli with the vertical breakdown lever and the "fun" setting. Not sure about the stock and the grip, but the butt plate appears to be from a C1A1.
  5. The big mystery is what is the hand guard? It's a pretty substantial piece of aluminum. It's supposed to be free floating, but since the mounting screws are loose it contacts the gas block. It has a threaded hole on the bottom, possibly for a bipod. Bubba special?
  6. Not sure what barrel I have. How do I tell Heavy from Light barrel?
Kind of a dogs breakfast. It's not a safe queen, and it looks used. I'm hoping that means I have one of the good Hesse receivers.

Here are some pics.
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Receiver.
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Butt Plate.
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Muzzle device.
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Handguard.
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Venom6

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Welcome to the Forum and the fabulous, heady world of FALS. Take that rascal out and shoot it! While I personally prefer para's for the folding stock, it's cool that apparently your's has a butt trap for a cleaning rod. I've been in LE for many decades, and my rural Western sheriff's office allows me to carry any rifle I want within reason. That is a DSA para. Do keep us posted.
 

Hebrew Battle Rifle

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It appears that the buttstock is wooden with truck bed liner spray applied to it. The barrel looks to be a heavy, though I don't remember having seen one with an open ear gas block. The Hesse receivers had a reputation for being difficult to build upon. But, once built, if it ran, it would run as well as any other. Since you have an assembled rifle, your first range session will reveal whether it runs or not.
 

def90

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Hesse, Yikes! I guess if it runs it runs and you got it cheap enough.

You have your work cut out for you with that muzzle device contraption. It's an earlier heavy barrel with the open ear gasblock design. The handguard is a US made free float handguard that was sold back in the 2000's. Not sure I agree that the buttstock is wood with bedliner on it.. could be.. take the buttplate off and look. the sling swivel is not a regular FAL sling swivel nor is the spacer between the buttstock and the buttplate.
 
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