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March 12, 2008, 08:23
So I need some serious help. I have installed a few different stocks on fals over the years. I have never installed a real military polymer on though and I am finding that I am really frustrated.
I have the Tapco tool and with their stock, installation is easy. I am finding that when I try and install the real stock, the springs just coil up inside the hollow spaces in the stock.
I figure that I need a way to keep the springs centered for compression. I am thinking about welding screwdriver nubs on a old socket and using a cleaning rod to keep the springs centered for compression. The should allow me to pass the cleaning rod through the socket to maintain compression.
Does anyone have any better ideas for doing this??
March 12, 2008, 08:45
Does your lower not have the Return Spring Tube Attached?? The tube should extend all the way through the stock to the back.
March 12, 2008, 09:43
Yes Sir. I do have the return spring tube.
When I insert the tool and try to compress the springs forward, so that I can thread the tube into the receiver, the springs drop into the stock (there isn't a solid plastic tube in the stock, it only has about an inch in the back and an inch in the front) so the springs will compress to a point, then they flex down into the stock and keep the tube from moving forward. I hope that makes sense.
If I use the Tapco SAW stock, as I compress the springs by moving the return spring tube forward, the springs just move into the return tube as they can't go anywhere else. In this stock, there is nothing to keep them from just moving out of the return tube. They won't compress into it, they just fall down into the empty area in the stock before compressing into the return tube.
I can't go any longer on the Tapco tool rod as it is fixed into the screwdriver end and would be too long to be able to screw in the return tube.
March 12, 2008, 10:27
If I am understanding what you posted correctly, you are trying to put the recoil tube and spring on at the same time?
The tube should be screwed into the lower FIRST.
Then put the stock on then put the spring in.....place the stock tool rod in the spring and then compress it into the tube.
Just don't forget to put the nut/stock bolt on the tool before yo compress the spring....cause if you do forget.......you would have no way of putting the nut/stock bolt on without starting over!!!
March 12, 2008, 10:29
Maybe I'm not clear on what the problem is... The return spring tube shown in Goderators picture should be screwed into the back of the lower receiver before you start assembly. The stock then inserts over the tube until it's tight against the receiver. You then insert the spring over the rod of your butstock tool with the buttstock washer and bolt in place. Insert them into the tube and compress and screw in.
Is this the meathod you are employing?
March 12, 2008, 10:33
I feel really, really stupid.
I saw the parts diagrams a million times.
Everytime I put a stock on, the return tube and nut came off together. I never noticed or knew that the tube and nut were two pieces.
I can't believe my own stupidity.
I think this will make my life so much easier now :)
Thanks a billion my friends.
March 12, 2008, 20:52
LOL! Sometimes it all comes off in one piece! Not a big deal. The FAL is really an easy rifle to assemble and maintain. It is my favorite rifle of all time!
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