View Full Version : WTK:How does a Para-FAL work?
September 27, 2003, 15:11
Could someone explain to me how the Para type FAL's work. Do they have a rat-tail bolt carrier? If so where does it go when the stock is folded? Is the spring in the folding stock? Can you only fire or load it when the stock is extended? Or is there a different recoil system on the Para-FAL? I have an Imbel, G1, and L1A1 but no para YET! and was curious. I appreciate any info or pictures. Thanks to all.
September 27, 2003, 15:15
The recoil springs are contained within a special hollow top bolt carrier and top cover w/ back plate and guide rod. The recoil springs also have a guide tube.
September 27, 2003, 15:26
maybe one of the moderators should think this one over before he says carriers cant be lightened ....or use a different spring....as (perry) says i rest my case ...he he
September 27, 2003, 16:37
The Para carriers are also taller to allow the dual recoil springs to fit into the tunnel. The springs compress onto a guide rod in the dust cover that butts up against the lower receiver.
September 27, 2003, 16:45
I posted a picture on this thread showing the carrier and top cover.
September 27, 2003, 17:32
The para carrier has additional mass to make up for the loss of the rat tail and the drilling for the springs.
I weighed a Imbel para carrier (287.7 grams) and a Imbel rat tail carrier (294.5 grams). That's 1/4 of an ounce difference.
Without taking the springs into work and running a compression verses load test, I don't know how much more if any difference in spring rate there is.
If you are really interested, contact Griffon5 as he sells replacement springs for both.
September 27, 2003, 17:39
IF the spring set DSA sells is any indication, the spring tension on a para is much less than the standard one. I was actually worried about what it would do when shooting it because I could really feel a difference in tension. Strangely, it didn't seem to affect much. In fact, the gas setting remained the same.
I have since replaced that spring because the outter spring was misplaced by a guy working on it (not me, I swear). Because he had nothing to compare it to, he used a cut down FN49 spring. This actually made it feel like the original spring in the stock. It works so I left it.
September 27, 2003, 18:29
no not again ...hey thanks for the info that is valuable ...looks like at least a 1/4 ounce of lightening or extra mass is controlable... by dumping gas at the gas block adjustment if spring specs. are simmilar ......had a thought about taking a regular (outer recoil spring ) and literally screw it into the the existing one doubling them(coils side by side) ....wondering if it would ride up overeach others coils or what....got any thoughts on that .....?????...thanks again.....giillie
September 27, 2003, 19:30
Thanks that helps alot.
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