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Old April 04, 2010, 04:51   #1
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NIB FN CAL 5,56mm NATO rifle

I got my hands on a unfired NIB full auto+3burst FN CAL.

I'm really happy with this one. They were made from 1968 til 1976.

The CAL was a try out for the more well known FN FNC rifle. To my opnion this is the most elegant carbine ever made.




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Old April 04, 2010, 05:07   #2
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Sweetness. Can we get some pics of the guts? I've never seen one opened up before.
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Old April 04, 2010, 07:32   #3
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Very nice, I like the packaging...but I am weird like that!! How does it shoot?
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Old April 04, 2010, 08:49   #4
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I'll shoot some pictures of the inner parts.
I'm not gonna shoot with this one, but the other CAL i have shoot fine.
I shoot 2 inch groups with S&B 55gn FMJ, you can not use 62 gn due to the twist.
The CAL with the small front hand grips feels more comfy to me but that is a personal thing.










The CAL was little successful, The cost were to high, the quality was excellent but the construction was to complicated for a regular soldier.
if you don't know the handling you would not be able to get the bolt out of the upper.
Beside that, it shoots fine, it has a great balance and works to me.
Spareparts are simply not existing. You better take care of it...
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Old April 04, 2010, 09:07   #5
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Very nice Paco! Your collection keeps getting better and better.
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Old April 04, 2010, 09:13   #6
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wait until i'm old
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Old April 04, 2010, 09:29   #7
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Paco,

What is the story on the magazine in the scoped rifle in the first picture of your second post? Is that a factory conversion of a mag to hold more ammunition?
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Old April 04, 2010, 09:59   #8
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Paco,

What is the story on the magazine in the scoped rifle in the first picture of your second post? Is that a factory conversion of a mag to hold more ammunition?
Hi Brian,

That magazine is an experimental 25 round mag. They were tested begin 1970. The great thing is that they have a window on the other side. The compressed mag spring is painted red and indicates in the window how much ammo is left.
Where do you think the P mags got there ideas from

I'll see i can find a picture.
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Old April 04, 2010, 10:04   #9
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the upper rifle has'm
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by SPEEDGUNNER
[B]Very nice, I like the packaging...but I am weird like that!! How does it shoot?

A "un-fired" NIB CAL will probably stay that way at this point in it's life.

Your probably talking a 10 grand +++ rifle!

Edit: Scratch that 10.
Probably 15 -20 for a CAL transferable commercial.
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Larry,
He's in Europe, so I'm not sure if the transferable/non-transferable weighs on it or not.

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Old April 04, 2010, 11:41   #12
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Paco,

Congratulations on such a fine acquisition!!!
Nice to see the FN CAL with folding stock and larger magazines.

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Old April 04, 2010, 18:57   #13
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Very elegant rifle. Made before the onset of cheap sheet metal pressings. Take care of it, it is a piece of history now.
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Old April 05, 2010, 06:41   #14
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Paco,

What is the story on the magazine in the scoped rifle in the first picture of your second post? Is that a factory conversion of a mag to hold more ammunition?
here you go. The mag is extended from a 20 round. The plastic window indicates 1-5 rounds, 10, 20 and 25 rounds. The spring is painted red and pop ups in front of the window.

I filled both the mags with 5 rounds. you can see what i mean. So Magpull revolutionary concept is at least 40 years old...
I saw 4 mags in my life, 3 in Belgium, one in Swiss.




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Old April 05, 2010, 17:58   #15
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Very cool. Thanks for taking the time & trouble to post the pics!
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Old April 06, 2010, 16:28   #16
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No problem...
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Old April 06, 2010, 16:42   #17
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U showoff,lol. Verry nice rifles.
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