View Full Version : Ident: Variations, Variations.... anyone want to explain?
January 25, 2001, 15:44
OK - I have recently gotten bit by the FAL bug and already have 2. But, I still need more and thus have gotten in on the kit buy. But, can someone list the variations so I can do some research? For example... what is a "G" series. What is the difference in a 50.00 and a 50.64? What versions did the Paratroopers come in ...etc. Thanks!
January 25, 2001, 17:12
Andy,Andy,Andy, now didn't you look at my LW-G at Gibson's that day? Anyway, a G is sear cut. Meaning the portion of the rec.,on the left side is relieved at the hinge pin for the safety sear. They also have a FA ejector block installed. Thank goodness they are grandfathered or exempt from the NFA. Some came in the country with all wood furniture while others came in G-1 style. That is with StG style metal HGs and folding bipod and long Browning flashhider. Also, wood buttstock and plastic PG. Some came with alloy TMHs and some came in steel. Serial #s start with a G. I presume the GLs start with a GL.
Can't answer as yet on the other variants you asked about.
Oh, BTW at Mesquite I was picking you up a sling, just 'cause I'm such a nice fella. http://www.fnfal.com/forums/smile.gif
January 25, 2001, 22:53
OH MY GAWD.... no help here except my good friend TEX762?...ok then I will do a little more research.
Tex... I give you 10% over cost (or 50 rounds of Port. ammo ) to you for that sling. You deserve at least that for taking care of a fellow NTXFALer (<is that a new license plate?????)
Just wanted a little easy info!
See you sunday?
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January 25, 2001, 23:19
The G series was imported into the USA a long time ago. There's quite a bit of information in the FAL Files on that as well as the numeric designators.
Each of some 60+ countries had a number of variations of the FALs. I'd be willing to bet that the combinations run into the thousands.
A good starter is Blake Stevens' FAL book. That covers most of the varieties of the parts and assemblies, as well as examples of what most countries fielded.
January 25, 2001, 23:29
Andy, I will try to get up there if I can finish up this job I'm on.
I bought the big FAL book Abominog mentioned, just have not had a chance to read and study it enough. There are many variants...we wants them all!!!!!!!! http://www.fnfal.com/forums/biggrin.gif
January 26, 2001, 00:01
RIGHT... will start looking for that book.
January 27, 2001, 15:49
From the FAQ: some answers.
FAL: Fusil Automatique Leger (Light Automatic Rifle) is the generic metric designation. The original
StG: Austrian (non-NATO) metric w/ some home brew mods
L1A1: generic Inch pattern, commonly used by Australians, NZ, and anyone else who likes warm beer
C1A1: Canadian Inch variant
T-48: US trials variant which competed and lost to the M-14 (for ALL the wrong reasons). Also designation used by some American copies. A hybrid.
MD-series: Argentine, superb copy of the metric
FALO: Fusil Automatique LOurde, Belgian/French for Light Automatic Rifle w/ Heavy Barrel (HB)
SAR-48: pre-ban Springfield Armory made by IMBEL
SAR-4800: post-ban SA import
And the beat goes on.......
1*.....Train Like You Fight: Second Place is NOT an Option.
E.M. (Ted) Dannemiller II
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January 27, 2001, 16:52
Thanks for the comments and resources guys. That is what I needed...
Tex762, you missed a fun shoot. I brought my buddy David who has just moved back to Texas and out of the PRKali to see if I could convert him and get him addicted... Needless to say, due to the kindness of Bill, Jerrod and a few others, he is now a FAL addict! In fact, he is sitting on my couch glued to the new issue of SHOTGUN NEWS which has some great reading on FALs!
January 27, 2001, 18:08
Hey guys, sorry I missed y'all today. Had to finish up a payin' job to help support this crazy habit of ours.
I did get out late this afternoon to the little Tyler gun show. Latched onto one of those Israeli Hi-Powers that a dude was getting rid of for cheap. He said it just wasn't pretty enough! Oh well, looked good to me. It is 1996 production, Mk 3 frame, 3 dot sights, holster & 2 hi-caps in pouch.
It was an ok day after all.
Catch you folks next time! http://www.fnfal.com/forums/wink.gif
Andy the Aussie
January 28, 2001, 00:51
Please EMII....we drink our beer ICE COLD here in Australia....!!!!! You have us "confused" with our English mates.....he he
January 28, 2001, 08:02
Well, knock me about w/ a roo!
AAMOF, I have only had COLD Fosters lager!
Memory, it's the first thing to go!
Andy the Aussie
January 28, 2001, 16:57
It is not age that is causing the memory los EM...it is the Fosters.....it is all part of an Australian plan for World Domination....!!! See we won't drink that stuff because of the side effects....as a result we export it.....soon the US will be taken over by hordes of Aussies riding out of the sun on fire breathing Kangaroos...maybe I have to stop drinking this Jim Beam..?????
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