View Full Version : Carry Handle? yes/no
December 09, 2002, 18:30
Im just bout ready to remove the folding carry handle, it always seems to be in the way.
Anybody remove theirs and wish they had not?
I already removed it from the reciever stub on my kit but my frankenfal is intact, so far.
December 09, 2002, 18:35
Unless you buy a receiver that is without the cut, why not just remove it and put one of the washier in it's place. Then you can decide what you like or don't like.
FALs to me seem out of place without the carry handle. I've never found it to be a problem.:|
December 09, 2002, 20:31
I am building a gun now that I am not going to put the carry handle on. I am putting a large scope on it and it would be impossible to use it anyway.
December 09, 2002, 22:02
It only takes 30 seconds to remove it. About the the same to put it back on.
I have a few with and a few without.
One thing to remember, that handle might be the only part of the rifle forward of the pistol grip that you can touch after a vigorous blasting session.
December 09, 2002, 22:48
Wish I could afford to shoot it that much!!!
Farming aint the most profitable line of work.
Removed the handle, big improvement for me, YMMV.
Least I can shoot my SKS rapid fire affordabley.
BTW I have shot a M16A1 till the gas tube glowed,
if those hand guards didn't get hot there should be Fal
guards that won't either? ( uncle was payin for the ammo that day)
December 10, 2002, 18:51
Anyone who has lugged their 10+ lb loaded FAL around for awhile in the field can appreciate that 3rd carry position. Cradle, shoulder and balanced in your hand. The balance pivot is right at the magazine.....hence the wonerful carry handle. If you are a bench shooter (scoped) you'd just as well remove it. If you like to lug your 'right arm' around unscoped, by all means leave it. My .02cts :p , orca
December 10, 2002, 21:35
When you say shoulder do you mean as in right shoulder arms?
If so then there is a 4th, the many ways of using slings/straps to carry ones firearm, some allow shooting without unslinging.
December 11, 2002, 08:24
seems to me the carry handle on the FAL has the same shortcoming as the one on the AR...lack of muzzle management.
December 11, 2002, 08:36
I still have mine on my very largely scoped G1. The handle dosnt swing all the way to the top but it carries the rifle nice with your fingers between the handle and the scope. This is 10x better than carrying by grabbing the scope ;)
December 11, 2002, 09:42
I second what Gary said.
After you melt a glove to your handguards for the first time you will see its value.
December 11, 2002, 10:23
I'm amazed that nobody mentioned using a chicken mitt! :rofl:
December 11, 2002, 10:32
Remember that pic of the guy with the Reindeer oven mitt at the range? Antlers and all LOL
December 11, 2002, 10:44
I love my C.H.s. Have no problems with them. Never in the way and part of the FAL. Like said, they are easy to remove and insatall, but why?
Answer to post... Yes.
December 11, 2002, 17:53
I have two kit guns built on DSA receivers, and I ordered both of them without the carry handle cut. To me, it just gets in the way. That is the only feature on the FAL that I really don't care for.
December 14, 2002, 14:33
I just found this thread, sorry for being late. (Been out makin' money for mama's Christmas.)
This ain't complicated. Pop the handguards and the gas plug (you can leave the piston and spring in place, just remove tension) and unscrew the gas tube nut just far enough to clear the carrying handle... you don't have to remove it completely from the receiver. Pull off carrrying handle and reverse procedure. Takes 30 seconds, as said.
You DON'T need a washer, that's just cosmetic; in fact a washer is still going to look goofy. The best alternative, strictly speaking cosmetically, is to custom-machine a contoured plug; somebody once recommended a thin section from a scrap receiver stub, or make something from aluminum stock. (Of course, aluminum won't finish up like your parked steel, unless you're using Gunkote et al.)
On occasion I've removed the carrying handle for something different. Most of the time it's not in my way so I leave it alone, or use it. The only exception is on my HB, the thing keeps getting in the way of my left support hand or my sight line. Even so, a carrying handle is still a nice accessory on that heavy pig!
December 14, 2002, 15:45
I have no use for a carry handle. The only reason I keep them is T H E Y L O O K S O C O O L !!!!!!
December 15, 2002, 20:38
I got a carry Handle to match my Ironwood furniture from Dan at VOW.
I'll put one just like it on my new shorty L1A1. Thank you DAN! :bow:
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