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USMC88-93
December 20, 2017, 18:46
Bought the DSA metric folding cocking handle at this llink.

https://www.dsarms.com/p-14264-dsa-fal-sa58-usmade-metric-folding-cocking-handle-assembly-w-lever-undercut-lug-and-pin.aspx

Are there any tutorials, or video links that would walk me through swapping out the existing cocking handle on the website here or external?

Seems fairly straight forward but want to see examples of it being done before I booger up my rifle.

308/223shooter
December 20, 2017, 19:18
Remove hand guards and push the ring towards the muzzle. Using the correct pin punch and a small hammer, tap out the pin that retains the T-lug. Remove the T-lug, allowing you to slide the CH towards the muzzle. Install your new CH in the reverse order of removal.

USMC88-93
December 20, 2017, 19:49
Remove hand guards and push the ring towards the muzzle. Using the correct pin punch and a small hammer, tap out the pin that retains the T-lug. Remove the T-lug, allowing you to slide the CH towards the muzzle. Install your new CH in the reverse order of removal.

Does the ring just slide forward without any force just pressure fit from the handguards? Or do you need to tap it forward to get it loose off the front of the receiver?

Capt D
December 20, 2017, 19:58
Does the ring just slide forward without any force just pressure fit from the handguards? Or do you need to tap it forward to get it loose off the front of the receiver?

It depends on whether either the flat(or the ring) was deformed at all at the time of installation. But, to answer the question in general terms, HG rings were designed to just slide on with little-to-no resistance, so no special tooling needed...usually. If it wants to stay put, find a phenolic pry-bar and work it loose. I've had one that was jammed on there pretty tight, but it came loose without much effort, and no damage resulted...YMMV

USMC88-93
December 21, 2017, 21:45
I guess I should ask the consensus on swapping the normal cocking handle out for the folder I likely will be doing it I am just curious about the opinions of the masses. It is not a rifle that I am concerned about authenticity just comfort. Were there ever 16 inch para's in use or was this just a DSA offering when they built off the Austrian parts.

https://i.imgur.com/Yy4GoHa.png
https://i.imgur.com/mZZEdfB.png

AFeod
December 21, 2017, 22:06
It’s yours do with it what you will. I put one on my imbel para along w/ the inch selector, along w/ keymod handguards, and a railed top cover. To suit ones wants and needs. Do what ya want. As for my Rhodie, she’s as close to the real deal as I could get.
The folding ch is slick. As for the 16” bbl... I cant tell you. I don’t think so. For some reason 17.2” and 18” keeps popping into my head


I guess I should ask the consensus on swapping the normal cocking handle out for the folder I likely will be doing it I am just curious about the opinions of the masses. It is not a rifle that I am concerned about authenticity just comfort. Were there ever 16 inch para's in use or was this just a DSA offering when they built off the Austrian parts.

https://i.imgur.com/Yy4GoHa.png
https://i.imgur.com/mZZEdfB.png

lew
December 22, 2017, 11:47
Since you asked, I've never cared for folding FAL/SLR charging handles. Slower to deploy and thus charge the weapon, and I've never had an issue with the standard charging handle being in the way.

308/223shooter
December 22, 2017, 14:31
Since you asked, I've never cared for folding FAL/SLR charging handles. Slower to deploy and thus charge the weapon, and I've never had an issue with the standard charging handle being in the way.



If your receiver does not have the folding handle cut, the lever will rest against the rear of the left hand guard, and is quite easy to hook and pull with your fingers.

lowIQ
December 22, 2017, 14:48
Here's my take.

The part is relatively inexpensive and the install seems pretty easy. Slap it on and if you don't like it, remove it sell it on the Forum.

Hell, I might even take it off your hands. ;)

1911Ron
December 22, 2017, 17:23
If your receiver does not have the folding handle cut, the lever will rest against the rear of the left hand guard, and is quite easy to hook and pull with your fingers.

DSA has one that does not require the cut, i have one on my riFal.