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sam i am
June 03, 2001, 09:16
Just finished watching it. Well worth it, even if one decides to have a smith do it. It is very informative and a plus to any fal owner. I got the itch to get started, just have to get a few items.
July 25, 2001, 03:27
I am only 2/3 the way through it, but I have enjoyed it.
It seems strange learning how to do gun stuff from someone young enough to be my grandson, but there it is.
I had built a few FALs before I ever heard of the gunplumber, I wished I had heard of him first.
July 25, 2001, 06:29
Gunplumbers is good?? OK,... thene where is a good place to purchase said video??
And would you folks reccomend building one of these things? I (successfully :D) work on 4 cylinder Jap bikes as a hobby (I do all the machining myself with mills, etc.).... are these things that much different to build?
July 25, 2001, 06:58
The video is avialable at:
Can't tell you how many people I refer on a weekly/monthly basis.
Harlan at FAC
July 25, 2001, 10:24
We have Gunplumber's FAL Gunsmithing video available for sale under p/n ARSVID. Price is $24.95 plus S/H.
I just finished the video and completely took the BSA L1A1 down for refinishing. All I can say is that the "quarter finally dropped" after watching the video. I left the workbook with the refinishing guy incase he had any questions. Rifle is being done in a dark dulite with complete C1A1 spec otherwise. :) Wish I lived down south so I could just buy one of Mark's rifles. As for doing it yourself, if you are a competent machinist there is probably nothing on the FAL that you can't do at home provided you have the tools.
Blood of Tyrants
July 26, 2001, 21:49
I just hope he has it redone with a higher quality camera and a "student" to ask questions as he goes along. My copy is very informative but it looks like a 3rd or 4th generation copy.
I think his video is great. Everyone who owns an FAL should have this video.
July 27, 2001, 05:03
The video was shot in either 8mm or Hi8, either of which has more bandwidth (better picture) than good old-fashioned VHS. It only appears to suffer generational degradation because it has been dubbed onto VHS at the slowest speed (EP or SLP depending on what your VCR calls it). This was necessary because Gunplumber packed so much information into his production, it ran nearly six hours long and had be so dubbed to fit onto a single tape. Otherwise there would be multiple tapes and thus a much higher price.
I disagree that Gunplumber needs a "student" to steer the dialog; he does a perfectly fine job of pacing and explanation all by himself. It's obvious this guy knows what he's talking about through long experience. My only criticism of this video has been the lack of editing, a topic I've beat Mark up on two or three times in this forum and something he honestly admits to. Please keep in mind this is a conditioned professional reflex on my part (well, former profession anyway). Each time I've rasied this issue, I've also made a point of emphasising the marvelous informational value this video contains and passing along my top recommendation, as it richly deserves.
Gunplumber recently mentioned the possibility of a re-shoot had being kicked around, but increased costs would make it impractical compared to what already exists and is on the shelf available for sale. I've got an analog video editor and have toyed with the idea of cleaning up the existing production, but so much new photography would be necessary that one might as well start from scratch in the consumer digital format. Whether I ever get the cojones and enough free time to talk Mark into letting me play with this, or he pays a local company and has to jack the price way up, or just leaves the video as it is, you will not go wrong choosing ARS over any other FAL gunsmithing video. Get the manual too while you're at it. Enormous bang for your buck.
July 27, 2001, 13:22
It more than paid for itself in my opinion. I would not have felt comfortable building a kit if I hadn't seen it. The best way for me was to bookmark a few spots that I wanted to return to. For example, headspacing is @3hrs into it. The first one I got rolled and jittered so bad it was unwatchable but I called Mark and he put another in the mail that day. It's video quality leaves a bit to be desired but I can sure tell what is going on
It get's a hardy... Thumbs UP!
July 27, 2001, 14:20
Living in a small urban area is why he's assembling mine .If I can't do it myself,Who Else?After reading a copy of his notes and putting up with a local learning on mine,screw these local"gun-butchers".I would love to see that video. ;)
August 02, 2001, 23:41
I have also bought the AGI videos on 1897WIN, Garand, and Rem 1100.
I also bought the RCBS handloading video.
Comparing the Gunplumber's video to the others, I would say what the FAL video lacks in production qualities, it more than makes up for in useful information.
The simple facts are he knows more about building FALs than me and he builds a FAL on camera while talking. That is what I wanted and that is what I got.
August 04, 2001, 21:23
I also have GP's video. Excellent source for assembly. Get this, ya' know the little tab thingy on the front of the VHS tape (that prevents you from recording over it) I guess he forgot to remove it. Well my cousin taped over some of my tape. GP sent me a new tape free of charge.
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