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August 19, 2016, 22:12
Some may not be aware of him. Some others may know about him and his work but need more input before purchasing.
Well, here ya go.

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Our very own board member and super hero of wood, FlyPaper, has been turning and churning out some fabulous wooden product specifically geared towards our beloved FAL and SLR rifles. This post is concerning FAL hand guards.

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He's already made and delivered some very nice wood in the form of an A model butt stock and matching pistol grip for me. Both made of English walnut. And now, from the very same stock the butt and grip are cut from is a matching set of hand guards that will complete my own BGS build.

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Dean has a knack for all things wood and these pieces show just how much love he has for his craft. He's picked some of the finest color and grain of wood that I've seen on a firearm and precisely cut new US made butt stocks, grips, and hand guards from it.

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Some folks may balk at the price and while it's true these pieces aren't for everyone, those with a refined taste for beautiful wood and an ornery side that craves a naughty battle rifle will see the value in what Dean has done here.

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These pieces take hours and valuable resources to make. Not only in the final product you see but in the trial and error, wasted, valuable wood that winds up in a saw dust pile on the floor, and pieces that end up warming the shop in the stove.

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To be able to make these pieces with any consistency jigs must be developed and made so each piece stays as true to the original prototype and each other as possible. Without the backing of a firm like Fabrique Nationale it's a monumental task to say the least.

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The fit of these pieces is very well done, each join and hole aligning perfectly.
The steel tabs just add to the difficulty of building these pieces. These particular pieces are intended to be a replacement for the original FN made walnut pieces that were only produced for a short period of time. Many were damaged in service and discarded, which only increases how rare they actually are. So one can imagine how rare FN made steel tabs are. Personally, I've never seen a set not attached to a set of hand guards, in pictures or otherwise.

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So, to make this set happen Dean sourced a more plentiful supply of steel tabs in the form of surplus Australian wooden hand guards. These are very close in appearance to the prototypes and do the job very nicely.
And speaking of labor intensive, if the shaping and cutting of the wood isn't enough, each of these steel tabs, two per set, have to be carefully removed from their donor pieces while keeping intact as much as possible the original inserts and bushings so they may be reused. There is no source for replacement parts should something be damaged beyond repair.
Dean really took on a huge project with these.

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I've fit them to a Belgian made StG58 barrel assembly to test fit them and they fit great. All joins come together precisely, all holes are perfectly round. There are no gaps or misaligned features anywhere on my examples. They fit very tightly, also, no wiggle or rattles here. An inch model screw for wood hand guards works perfectly.

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If you ever wanted to build an FAL in the BGS A model configuration but like me, the lack of available hand guards kept you on the fence, grab a set of these as fast as you can. As beautiful as these are and as important to the restoration of the A model as they are, Dean has most likely built his last set. He's one of only two people who make these to my knowledge, and his follow the profile of the original prototype closer than any other.
If one wanted to truly see just how close these are to the original FN pieces he'd have to find a set of unmolested originals and break out the calipers, not a small task in itself. Originals in new condition such as these are are unobtanium and the owner of such could write his own paycheck.

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When the work involved is accounted for and the purpose these were created for are considered, it's easy to see why these are worth the money. And when hand guards can be obtained in a set with a matching pistol grip and butt stock the value becomes even greater.
So I highly recommend anyone with the means, love for wood, love for the FAL, and an appreciation for fine craftmanship, to snap up a set of this FAL furniture before they disappear. These are even more rare than original FN pieces and this is a rare chance to secure a hard to find part for a rare variant of the FAL rifle.
You may click here (http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4356850&posted=1#post4356850) to go to the thread where you can see and purchase these pieces.

I need to thank satexas for the screw. There's a story about one that came, one that went, and one that came from a fine member of the Files and a very helpful gent. The story not withstanding, my hat is off to satexas for the assist! :bow:

Soon, in a thread near you, will be a full write up of my BGS A model rifle in all it's SuperFly wooden goodness. Stay tuned!


August 19, 2016, 22:25
Beautiful work indeed! :love:

August 19, 2016, 22:27
I've been a huge fan of Dean's work from the get go, and HK is 100% spot on. These stock sets are not only gorgeous, high quality, and perfect fitting, but a product of a very time and energy consuming development process. I've got 3 Fly stocks beginning with his 1st model A bgs butt and continuing to a model B from his second wood source. I may have to dig them all out and take some photos, but you can really see the amount of time and perfectionism that gas gone into the development of his latest sets, each stock that showed up at my door was better than the previous. Really saying something because none of them are bad at all, and all are being used on builds. The price really is worth it for one of these sets. There are no disappointments with Fly wood.

August 19, 2016, 23:09
I agree 110% , his work is amazing. I have two of his early B's, a matching pair of handguards and grip to one of the B's. That stock remind me of one of those chocolate/vanilla cookies, chocolate on one side - vanilla on the other. The handguards and grip are the same, probably some of the most unique French walnut stocks that I've ever seen.

Early on in his endeavor he made for me a type A Belgian heavy barrel stock. You wouldn't believe how many people have contacted me asking me to sell them that stock but I have to tell them, sorry that one was never leaving my grubby paws. hkshooter excellent review my friend!


August 20, 2016, 06:24
Great review HKShooter!! Wishing I had left my stock an A, but went with a B for my STG. Just a reason for me to get another A set for in the future. His work is amazing!! And thanks to G3isme for Tung Oil finishing it for me. All of you guys on the files are such good people!!


August 20, 2016, 07:07
Great post. I recieved my superfly handguards and A stock from Dean this week. Going to make a beautiful BGS model A rifle. :fal:

August 20, 2016, 07:50
Beautiful wood and attention to detail. A true craftsman.:beer:

August 20, 2016, 14:21
I can see the unbelievable workmanship in these...........Some of the happy people that have them on their FAL's why not post some pics of the finished products.

August 20, 2016, 15:06
I can see the unbelievable workmanship in these...........Some of the happy people that have them on their FAL's why not post some pics of the finished products.

My own rifle is in mid progress but there will be pics when completed.

August 20, 2016, 15:11
I have all the pieces, BGS kit, Argy NBC barrel, DS LMT type 1 receiver and now the SuperFly furniture. Sending to DrShock for hot blue. It'll be awhile for pictures.

August 20, 2016, 19:03
I can see the unbelievable workmanship in these...........Some of the happy people that have them on their FAL's why not post some pics of the finished products.

My current plan is to install my stock sets on a couple of Imbel builds that I'm working on. And as many of you know I always name my builds. So in the near future look for some threads showcasing my new twins, Deanna and Deanette....:biggrin:


August 30, 2016, 13:46
My wife actually asked me the other day what "gun porn" is. I showed her these threads.

She was amazed at what she saw. For the win!

J. Armstrong
August 30, 2016, 15:57
While I don't have any Fly HGs, I would add that they are really superior HGs. While the Ironwoods are pretty enough, they lack the metal "doubler" plates at the front. IWD just uses a screw and escutcheon, which is pretty marginal strength-wise. Flypaper has duplicated the original FN method which is much superior, although wood HGs will always be inherently more fragile than synthetics ---- and much prettier :biggrin:

Nice work, Fly :bow:

September 22, 2016, 21:29
The stock is a "SuperFly" stock. I have about 15 coats of pure tung oil on it. The handguards are a pair of the wooden bipod cut sets that Abominog was selling a few years back. I will be posting some more picts of my new build "Deanna" along with another Imbel "Deanette" which will be sporting a blonde SuperFly stock, grip, and handguard set. :D




September 26, 2016, 04:48
I posted a couple of pictures on my ad . :D


Thanks everyone for all the positive input.

Too bad you're not making anymore. :sad:

January 15, 2017, 21:57

January 29, 2018, 22:52

Just because.


January 31, 2018, 09:11
Thanks for the bump hk. I get to drool on my keyboard again. :tongue:

March 02, 2018, 18:09
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how can i find this guy?

March 02, 2018, 19:28
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how can i find this guy?


March 02, 2018, 20:46

Under his profile, hit the double arrow button after friends and it will show contact information. You can select to Private Message or Email him.