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Old December 23, 2011, 20:23   #1
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Want pics of your FAL mounted optics..

Post some pics of your Fal mounted optics. Trying to get a consensus of what the "pros" use and how people like them mounted... (how close to stock, long/short scopes, red dots, night vis, tacticool, tall or low ride, see through rings..)

Any and all welcome.

Also want to see what style optic most people gravitate to.

If somebody already got a collection of pics like this then go ahead and send this post to the ole trash!!
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Old December 24, 2011, 16:25   #2
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I'm liking the Eotech. This is a 512.

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Old December 24, 2011, 20:21   #3
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Don't know how to post a pic on here but go to www.falltr.com and you can see many examples of our mount and the optics people have instaled. Comp c3, Red dots, light scopes, sightmarks, you name it. If they're light these work great!
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Old December 24, 2011, 22:02   #4
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I'd say search is your friend, but right now, not so much.

Here's my7 mounting preference. LOW! With the DSA rail machined front and back to clear objective.

Scope itself, in the picture, is a 1.5-6 VX III and and a Zeiss fixed 6x. The former was pretty good, the latter sucked in CQB and with a 300 meter zero, the fat crosshair based obscured the target at 500m.

So my ideal (and I'm still searching for it), is a 1-6x (as close to one as possible, 1.5 ok), with an illuminated red dot or crosshair, and an ELCAN/ACOG type ranging reticle. Prefer 1st focal plane but on one I'm testing now, I am finding the different eye relief from 1 to 4x is more of a hindrance than the small numbers of a fixed focal plane variable.

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Old December 24, 2011, 22:59   #5
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Hmmm? I have a Leupold 1.5-5 Vari X III sitting in the safe. How about a close up photo of your cutdown mount?
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Old December 24, 2011, 23:31   #6
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Nothing fancy, just remove the bars on the rail to clear objective.



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Old December 25, 2011, 18:49   #7
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After GP's posts I did a little research.

Leupold's VX-R 2-7x33 w/ Ballistic Firedot reticle looks pretty good to me.

Anybody using that yet ?




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Old December 25, 2011, 20:24   #8
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This is my Century Frankenfal with a Barska 8 - 32x50 mm Scope. It has illumined range finding cross hairs. So far its been great. What I like I still see pretty good in the late evenings. I’ve done a couple of nice 250 yard shots.

This is at 150 yards, and that was an old target from doing some pistol shooting.





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Old December 26, 2011, 10:56   #10
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It depends what you want to do with the rifle. I think the FAL is an excellent candidate for the General Purpose Rifle (GPR). That is not a CQB rifle, nor a sniper rifle. It is an across-the-board rifle trying to fill the role of fast shots at 0-25 and accurate shots at 600+.

So the type of optic needs to take into account point blank and 600m. I think any scope with a magnification greater than 1 is sub-optimal for point black distances if involved in dynamic movement. But for some reason (I understand it's an actual physical/mechanical problem), scope manufactures don't make scopes with 1x at the low end. They are at least 1.5, or 1.75, and more likely 2 or 3. I understand that the low end must be a factor of the high end, so that 2-7 is actually a 2.5 - 7.

A 2.5x scope is a poor choice to be looking through with both eyes open while moving. It is too much of a magnification for the brain to process while moving.

The solution to a scope of higher magnification than is appropriate for shooting while moving is the addition of a Red Dot Sight (RDS).


There is also the issue of size/weight/balance.

The rifle above - sorry but the scope is just too big to be doing any rough work with it on. It may be ideal for the dude who enjoys shooting from a bench. Not so much across an obstacle course.

For rapid acquisition, I think the scope should be low, In order to not require a cheek riser. Yet it must clear the rear sight. So one must either remove the rear sight, or have the scope mounted in front of the rear sight.

So my work-in-progress scope philosophy is

short 1-6x with CQB reticule and stadia lines.
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side mounted RDS with a 2.5-7x, 3x9x, 2.5-10x or fixed 6x.
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Old December 26, 2011, 12:23   #11
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I think the 4x ACOG works great to fill those exact needs. It's tough as nails and it works great at good distances and is fine for cqb if the person practices enough with it. When I first got issued one I was the same way, totally thought 4x was way too much for close range, wanted to use irons. But after a lot of practice I wouldn't trade my acog for for anything. Whether your lying in the prone shooting like 300 meters or popping a corner in house or shooting whilst crossing a street, its friggin sweet. Granted this is on an M4, but when I get enough skrilla I'm gonna put one on the FAL too.
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Old December 26, 2011, 12:32   #12
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ACOG sits too high on a FAL, IMO and 4x is too low for a .308. Fine for a .223. Even the micro. At least it clears the rear sight by .010"
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Old December 27, 2011, 00:11   #13
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Aimpoint Comp C3 - 1x red dot, battery lasts about 5 years with the sight turned on 24/7. Low to the bore, reasonably priced, reliable, can be used with a magnifier at greater range.

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Old December 27, 2011, 16:37   #14
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It's kind of archaic to do but when a sight sits too high what we do is just cut a piece of iso mat and tape it to the buttstock to get proper cheek weld, gotta do that with the new SDO on the SAW to use the mini-redot on top. As for range, Ive done unknown distance ranges that went out to 900meters with an acog, but that was man sized targets(the cool pop-up ivans) not precision competition stuff.
Of course in a tactical environment hitting a dude outside of 300 meters is super hard any way you slice it.

How about that for all around usefulness. Magnified optic on bottom, red dot mounted on top. Generally folks tape the iso mat on a certain area so they can still rest their cheek on the buttstock when using the SDO.
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Old December 27, 2011, 18:27   #15
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We used a battle dressing.

If you don't have a choice in optic, you make do with what you've got. But if you can choose - why not choose one that changes your cheek weld as little as possible?
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Old December 29, 2011, 07:48   #16
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TA33, the cheek rest is a M1 Garand leather pad formed to fit the FAL stock. It was needed to get a better cheek weld for the ACOG.



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Old December 30, 2011, 11:56   #17
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That is sick, I imagine my FAL will look like that when I get my ACOG. Hows that work out for ya?

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I bet those bandages sucked in the rain huh? Did ya'll have to spray paint them black or cover them with dirt or something because of the whiteness?
True story about the optic situation, it's nice being able to snap lighting fast without worrying about finding the sight.
Have you considered a quick mount scope? Distance equals time so in the case of making a 5-600 yard shot you would have ample time to fumble around in a pouch for the optic and mount a scope to take shots. Those cool little levers take all of a few seconds to operate, and you could run a red dot for the majority of other engagements.
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Old December 30, 2011, 12:14   #18
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I bet those bandages sucked in the rain huh? Did ya'll have to spray paint them black or cover them with dirt or something because of the whiteness?


no, of course not. why would you take it out of the OD green package? Just tape it on with OD 100mph tape.

Have you considered a quick mount scope?

yes, and rejected it. Obsolete. No problem with a red dot, but when targets range from 0 to 600+ one doesn't always have time to go digging in the ruck for a scope. Scopes and mounts are rugged enough today to leave them as an integral part of the weapon system. Piggy-backing a micro red dot on a higher power optic is an option, but I'd prefer to have both in one unit.
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IOR 4x - just the right amount of scope for the accuracy of the FAL...

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I like Gunplumber's rifle/package the best, except the mount. Overall one of the 2 best optics you could put on the rifle. I disagree about cheeking the stock to some extent, I prefer a tight cheekweld and I like the scope to be where it needs to be eye relief wise. Close your eyes, throw up the rifle and open them on the lowest power setting if you have any shadows, blackouts or rings... not in the right place. The rest of'em... not too much. I may have to try moving one of my rails just slighty forward and try that position if the eye relief works, otherwise, I'll continue to remove the rear sight. A function of the scopes eye relief primarily. Our LTR is 2/10's of an inch lower and I like it there. Apples and oranges what you like but pratical? Only one there I see I like.
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Oh, our Bandages come in bulky clear plastic now that's vacuum sealed. That's why I assumed you'd take it out.
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Here’s my setup on my DSA SA58 Para; Vortex Viper 1-4X HS in Larue QD mounts:

Here’s a picture of the reticle:


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So my ideal (and I'm still searching for it), is a 1-6x (as close to one as possible, 1.5 ok), with an illuminated red dot or crosshair, and an ELCAN/ACOG type ranging reticle. Prefer 1st focal plane but on one I'm testing now, I am finding the different eye relief from 1 to 4x is more of a hindrance than the small numbers of a fixed focal plane variable.
Check this out. They make a 1 or 4x model and 1 or 6x model in 5.56 & 7.62 calibrated reticle, no magnification in between: you're either on 1x or 4x-6x because it uses a throw lever to change the power setting. Expensive.

http://www.elcansightingsystems.com/...ole_sights.php
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Old January 21, 2012, 18:58   #27
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Primary Arms 3x Compact Scope with DSA mount modified for ACOGs. Just noticed that I can still use my iron sites with the scope mounted.




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Old January 22, 2012, 21:26   #28
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Mark,
Did the Leupold scope require you to mill the rail down at the back? I can see where you did with the Zeiss. What type of rings are you using with the Leupold?

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Did the Leupold scope require you to mill the rail down at the front or back? I can see where you did with the Zeiss. What type of rings are you using with the Leupold?
They look like Warne rings.
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I went with the Warne over the Leupold because the side clamping seems to work better for me than the Leupold top 2/3 clamping. IIRC, it just barely contacted, but wouldn't clear the lense caps (which all broke to pieces after 500 runds last weekend - pin came out, spring went flying, etc).
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Old January 23, 2012, 22:07   #31
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Tinkering with this set-up at the moment, so far I like it.. Had the optic on several other rifles and it works great, for this application clears the tall rear sight which my IZZY Trilux won't do..
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In this PIC the TRILUX (which I like) is mounted on another build:
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Here's my full length Imbel Sledgehammer-built rifle with the ARMS mount and a Weaver V-3 scope in Warne rings. I had to relieve the rivet at the rear of the mount to just clear the scope. That's about as low as I could go. I really like this combination and it has worked good so far. Sorry, I don't have a close-up pic, but this will have to do:
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Nice rifle TG...what kind of sling setup is that?
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Nice rifle TG...what kind of sling setup is that?
Thank you sir! The sling was sold by a member here, Rooster. It is multi-adjustable, allowing several types of carry and also has a quick-detach feature too. I don't know if he's still in the business though. Someone around here should know...
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Okay then, I have learned to post pictures and here they are. My DSA SA-58 with a B&T Ent. Ltd. Light Tactical Rail. It has a 4x Leupold on a steel cover. I will eventually replace it with a Vari X III 2.5x8. Note how low the scope fits in low rings. Fast sight picture and head alined with scope. No crawling around on the stock, no head having to lift off the stock to see thru the scope, no pads or "bandages". It's the same as my Mauser hunting rifle. Yes, the rear sight IS removed but housed with it's other screw in tape in the SAW grip. If it is ever needed, slide in place with the one screw loctited in place, screw the other down snug for the same zero when needed. Nice thing about this package, I can slip off the LTR cover and slip on my LTR Red Dot cover for close work. Already zeroed and ready to go.
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Nice photos! And what about NV scopes?
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What brand is NV? never heard of them. Give us a hint.
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So, he wants to know about night vision on our rail? NO! Too Damn Heavy, for the most part. My take on it. I can see crosshairs pretty well thru a Leupold Vari XIII 2.5x8 I have mounted on a Mauser to 200 yds if there is any light to gather. Street, moon, etc. I guess we just aren't that "TACTICOOL".
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So, he wants to know about night vision on our rail? NO! Too Damn Heavy, for the most part. My take on it. I can see crosshairs pretty well thru a Leupold Vari XIII 2.5x8 I have mounted on a Mauser to 200 yds if there is any light to gather. Street, moon, etc. I guess we just aren't that "TACTICOOL".
So your advice is not to use night vision scopes on FALs or to use special mounting systems for them?
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Our mounts are designed for Lightweight Optics and Red Dots. We apply the K.I.S.S. principle. The goal when we undertook this rail was, we wanted something "VERY" light, that you would not even know it was there if there wasn't something on it. Also, it had to be non invasive of the topcover, no drilling or tapping, no rivits to fall off into the action at some point in time. It doesn't interfere with the sights being so much lower in profile. If you want to put a simple optic on, you can, and easily too.

If you want night vision on your rifle that's your decision. If it weights more than 22 ounces in conjunction with any other device, put it on some other mount. Personally, I don't see myself ever needing it. If I were ever to need night vision, I think the kind worn on ones head would be a better option.

Is that a little clearer now? I don't want to hijack this thread any further. PM me.
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Here are some pics (terrible, I know) of the nearmisses mount with a PA Micro dot. Nice, usable lower 1/3-ish co-witness with the para rear sight. Pic makes it look funny b/c I couldn't get the phone any closer to the stock to line up sights.

Waiting on another mount to test on my DSA STG for co-witness.



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How it is now... ARMS rail cover & Aimpoint Comp-M3 2MOA RDS...



How it was... DSA EM with Trijicon TA-11D 4x ACOG...


Looking to go back to magnification with a 1-4x or 1-6x illuminated optic...

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Old February 27, 2012, 02:27   #45
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How it is now... ARMS rail cover & Aimpoint Comp-M3 2MOA RDS...



How it was... DSA EM with Trijicon TA-11D 4x ACOG...


Looking to go back to magnification with a 1-4x or 1-6x illuminated optic...

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Old March 03, 2012, 14:50   #46
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Zeiss Diavari Da,Belgium mount,very old,crystal clear,simple and deadly.
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Old March 07, 2012, 05:07   #47
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For those of you with the extra low scope mounts (Gunplumber, in particular), mind sharing the name and make of what you're using?

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Old March 07, 2012, 13:19   #48
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I read in a post above Gunplumber chose:

I went with the Warne over the Leupold because the side clamping seems to work better for me than the Leupold top 2/3 clamping. IIRC, it just barely contacted, but wouldn't clear the lense caps (which all broke to pieces after 500 runds last weekend - pin came out, spring went flying, etc).
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I like the Warne's also. Used them for in years before from their original inventor, Len Brownell. There are many but scope mounts must be altered in some way as Mark did. There are exceptions. Ours is low already so you're half way there.
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18" FAL W/ 1-6x CRS on a custom made scope mount

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Belgian FAL with Brian Broadhead's LTR cover rail

Here's my Belgian FAL with Brian Broadhead's LTR cover rail installed. Using lightweight Bushnell TRS-25 mini red dot sight and a standard steel cover adds very little additional weight which is great. This set-up allows a perfect co-witness as well. Great for 3-gun or tactical rifle matches as a change of pace from my AR.

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