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Old November 08, 2018, 11:34   #1
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Smile Must see, original Luxemburgian FN GL FAL, stunning condition.

Hi folks,
Below you see pictures of my original FN FAL made for the Luxemburgian Gendarmerie. I placed it also as a reference source in the FAL image section for all those clone builders out there.

Check out my other technical reference post for the Belgian Army M1 and M3, also on the Dutchs FAL i came along my service time.
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...technical+data
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...ight=technical
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...ight=technical
This is the link for the 1st variant, assembled by A.I.
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388272
Just type PACO in the fal image search field and you will find museumgrade pics.






Anyway, much to tell about this ultra rare FAL. As you might know, Luxembourg as a country has the size of twice New York city. Some 500.000 people live there and they got a tiny symbolic army. Abrevation on weapons is "AL".
The Gendarmerie is some kind of statepolice based on a military system. In times of war, the Gendarmerie had to defend there district. For peacetime duties they cary normal police weapons. For "wartime" they got some heavy stuff. The same happened in Belgium. Our gendarmerie (rijkswacht in flemmish) had FAL, FALO, Bren, Blindecide RL83 mm rocketlaunchers... just in case they see Russian paratroopers landing behind the lines.

So, this fal is one of these +-200 gendarmerie FAL's (GL abrevation)
I asked around and this is some info i received. The serials started with GL101. I never saw one higher as GL3xx
Some GL FAL's were delivered with a matching serialised bayonet in a matching leather frog.

The GL FAL is not the same as the AL FAL! (other budget).

I heard that 203 GL FAL's are stored in the policemuseum and one got away

I got a call from a Belgian collector that he spotted this one. For juristical reasons, this particular FAL could not be sold to Luxemburgian collectors. So, like in a one second thinking i made the call, payed topdollar (€ ) and started the paperwork to get it to Belgium. I took very long this time so i slowely started to panic that this one would get away. By the time i got the call i didn't see the rifle nor had seen any pictures... I reveived some later.

When i got it yesterday, i was stunned by its condition. There aren't many 1956 FAL's in original condition in that great shape.




My ABL cutaway on top. Many little differences between the Belgian Army M1 and the GL









Trapdoor (oilcan still inside








Many 1955 and 1956 stamped parts.







Searcutted.

Like the Belgian gendarmerie, the semi selector could be swapped just in case...
Note that the ejectorblock seems to have only 1 lockingpin.


The handguards are serialised but differs the ABL HG's. There are no yearstamps on the front nose.
I also see for the first time that handguards are cut from the some woodblock. You can see the lines of the pair flowing correctly.




Note the yearstamp on the ABL cutaway. Check out the fat sights on the GL and the match sights on the ABL cutaway
















Note that the pistolgrip has no signs of having a full auto selector installed ever. On the Belgian Army FAL's you see clearly the swinglines of the funswitch.

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Old November 08, 2018, 11:34   #2
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Part 2 the GL bayonet.

The bayonet has the matching serial 202 as the rifle.









The Frog has aside the serial, the year (19)56 stamped. Note the cut out part in the leather in order to fit the "ears" of the bayo.



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Old November 08, 2018, 11:47   #3
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Thanks for the great photos. Those are super nice.
I like the cutaway rifle and the bayonet + scabbard!
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Old November 08, 2018, 14:50   #4
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Old November 08, 2018, 15:16   #5
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The only way that could have been better is if they had offered the entire crate it and its brothers were probably shipped in.

If I ever make it over your musee' is the first stop on that side of the pond.
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Old November 08, 2018, 16:59   #8
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Are those little droplets in several of the pictures tears of joy over your ownership of such a beautiful and unique piece?
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Old November 08, 2018, 17:19   #9
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Are those little droplets in several of the pictures tears of joy over your ownership of such a beautiful and unique piece?
Yep, snif snif
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Old November 08, 2018, 17:28   #10
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Old November 08, 2018, 17:35   #11
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What a find! Looks like it hasn't left the armory for the past 60 years.
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Old November 08, 2018, 17:40   #12
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Yeah looks like it took a couple of parade marches and then put away.
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Old November 08, 2018, 18:35   #14
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Gas system

Witch gas system has this FAL , same as the Belgium M1 or same as the Letzeburger army FAL ?

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Both extremely cool and beautiful! Congratulations my friend.
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Truly a stunning rifle- thanks for posting these up paco
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Absolutely astounding!!!!
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Thank you for sharing Paco. Your photography is excellent too!
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Old November 09, 2018, 01:14   #21
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I don't think we want to know what you did with that "universal multipurpose oil"...


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That is a pair that beats a full house. Beautiful OP.
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Jealous doesn't describe my feeling right now. Thanks for sharing.
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Old November 09, 2018, 10:07   #24
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That's a damn fine looking rifle!!
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Absolutely gorgeous.

Is the metal parkerized gray or painted gray? It looks a bit shiny in some places. (Like the barrel in front of the gas block for example)
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Old November 09, 2018, 12:58   #27
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Absolutely gorgeous.

Is the metal parkerized gray or painted gray? It looks a bit shiny in some places. (Like the barrel in front of the gas block for example)
The bolt and carrier are parkerized, rest is painted.
The cockinghandle is slightly different in grey color.

50 shades of grey
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my adoptionlist starts to look like the one of Madona and angela Jolie combined...
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.....10w50 is the best !!!!! texture, viscosity...it just ticks all the boxes (I leave it to warm in the sun a little first).



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.....but only I matter.....don't break my heart !
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As usual thank you for the time to do these fine pics. of an outstanding FAL.
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Old November 10, 2018, 04:10   #33
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more pics as soon as it stops raining here...
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Paco,

Just wanted to express my sentiments to you as a representative of the Belgian people with tomorrow's 100th Anniversary of the Armistice ending WWI.

I was present for the 80th Anniversary, at the Menin Gate in Ypres. Very moving experience, as at that time there were still a few living veterans of the Great War: "The War to End All Wars".

Unfortunately, man's nature being what it is, war did not end on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Tomorrow we will remember with honor the more than twenty million who died in the 1914 - 1918 carnage.

God bless.
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Just wanted to express my sentiments to you as a representative of the Belgian people with tomorrow's 100th Anniversary of the Armistice ending WWI.

I was present for the 80th Anniversary, at the Menin Gate in Ypres. Very moving experience, as at that time there were still a few living veterans of the Great War: "The War to End All Wars".

Unfortunately, man's nature being what it is, war did not end on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Tomorrow we will remember with honor the more than twenty million who died in the 1914 - 1918 carnage.

God bless.
I wanted to be there, wife broke ellbow...
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You never cease to amaze Paco! Matching bayonet is the icing on the crazy rare cake!
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100 years after the war ended, it keeps raining in Flanders Fields. Just like then.

I wanted to show the color differences, 50 shades of grey.
So, i can only take pics inside. The light sucks...


From below to top, Izzy, ABL 1954 cutaway, GL202, ABL M3, ABL M1 sniper





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Wait till the sun comes out to play...

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Amazing, Paco!! Thanks for taking the time to post such beautiful pictures.

What a find! Great addition to the collection.
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Paco is apparently very fluent in multiple languages, highly educated, devoted a lifetime to military service but has the juice to buy what would be in the U.S. five and six figure firearms whenever the mood strikes. Am I missing something like him being the heir to the throne on the monarchy side of Belgian society? I imagine when he is not doing his job on holidays like Christmas he has to interrupt his stacking of firearms to go eat holiday dinner with his brother and sister-in-law King Philippe and Queen Mathilde? Or does he run a training op to avoid those pesky family get togethers with the uncle who is always passing gas?
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Sun is out, gonna make some 5-6figures pics

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Here you go,
I added my Luxemburgian Army OIP scope to the GL. Fits extreme tight.

















How nice is this one






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Nice pics!

That Para is also very interesting.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection.
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Belgian Army M3

Check here for reference pics

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Segway from topic, skip my post if not interested in some of my past European travel:
Could not resist the joke kind sir. Imagining you having to sit next to the Duke known for passing gas when eats every holiday tickled me. Glad your able to live at a reasonable lifestyle while doing the career you chose. Following 9/11 terrorist attacks in U.S. noticed airline tickets to Europe had dropped to zip trying to enduce tourism and help buy fuel as had to keep a few flights in the air. Due to planet still coming out of an ice age the Alps like most big mountains are changing dynamics so summer ascents of the North Face of the Eiger are scare fests of rock fall due to loose nature of stone. Winter is an avalanche nightmare so the time between U.S. Thanksgiving and Christmas before the snow load becomes horrid but rocks have mostly frozen in place has become best time for fools that like to solo climb without partners. Found pair of Air France code share tickets thru Delta round trip to Zurich for $211 USD each with a 30+ day stay.

Contacted the Swiss travel bureau and several hotels in Grindelwald to Zermatt. Had no idea what I was doing because didn't check rates just found hotel contact info, sent email explaining was a climber/skier/travel writer with AP wire credentials along with a regular weekly column in north Metro ATL newspaper (before print media died) plus half a dozen magazines who regularly printed my articles. Got an offer to stay two weeks at a hotel in Grindelwald for up to three weeks and same in Saas-Fee for three weeks plus a few others including the main Swisshotel flagship location in Zurich while waiting on out going trains and planes. Swiss travel bureau supplied wife and I with all access unlimited train, bus and ski lift passes. (Was surprised to learn railroads controlled most ski lifts)

Got to our hotel in Grindelwald to discover were in a corner room with two glass walls overlooking the Eiger, Month, etc. Started sending in at least a short article per day and wall of text twice a week. Our local newspaper began running a daily report with one to three photos plus papers were pulling Swiss Alps Christmas season stories and photos all over the country as Americans were still in panic mode about travelling on planes, especially abroad plus their safety once arrived. Hotel served breakfast where chef fixed rack persons main course to order in addition to buffet and dinner every even was seven courses with appetizer chef, soup chef, main course chef and desert chef consulting each patron on their specialities and recommendations based on persons desires. Knew something was off.

After dinner was always some activity like curling at the local curling facility, sledging down the old "prison road" where Swiss used to have a prison where most of Grindelwald was carved out of the mountains by the neer-do-wells doing their sentences carving out a town, railroad and finally a road for vehicles with sledge hammers. One night a week was traditional Swiss Fondue another European board games, etc so after a day of skiing or ice climbing then a wonderful dinner would find ourselves hanging out with the nicest people who by dinner were in Gucci, employees wore Rolex's, ten karat diamonds on women's hands were normal and we luckily had the sense for wife to pack two dresses and I had one pair of dark slacks with two shirts and two ties so was not dressed same every night but closest thing had to a dinner jacket was a Patagonia mountaineering coat.

Learned most guests were British and French aristocracy or multigenerational captains of industry. Became really close with the retired editor of the U.K.'s Mirror and Sun newspapers who told us stories of being in Jerusalem when the Israelis declared independence, covering the Three Day War, running the Beruit Station at time U.S. Marine barracks were bombed, etc. Went curling one night then skiing a few days with a family that turned out to be French aristocracy whose ancestors survived the French Revolution and then became more large land holders who spend their time at exclusive private clubs. Was culture shock for a hillbilly who just needed a warm place fo sleep near the Eiger and access to the early train that carried workers to Kleine Scheidegg so I didn't have to spend the night in the cold before starting a climb at the base of the bergschrund.

Turns out so much of the words and photos sent back to U.S. made it to print in both newspapers basically day after each event and the magazine articles did while on trains, buses, planes and late nights got enough notice next few years we were invited back all expenses paid to some town in the Alps (Grindelwald every year, Wengen, Saas-Fee, Zermatt, St Nicholas, St. Moritz, Vernier, etc) that it became as regular to us as North Conway New Hampshire. Last Christmas wife said she would like to go back to Grindelwald and enjoy the hotel we normally stayed like the elderly tourists we always met while there in past while she has enough mobility left to handle planes, trains and at least hobble around the hotel & go to the evening events and watch me participate along with watch me ski from the telescope in the room.

Checked to discover have more than enough frequent flyer miles for two round trips to Zurich on an Air France code share as only airline she can fly coach in due to extra distance between rows and comfortable seats. Delta and the rest she can only fly first class. Contacted Swiss travel bureau and was offered half price trains since kept my press credentials current then checked with hotel to discover their rooms start at $2,000 U.S.D. per night on side with view of town and $3,000 to $5,500 U.S.D. on side with a view and our normal room being $4,400 per night. Shows how little I knew about all the really nice guests who treated us like Regular Joe's and not look down noses at the poor American charity cases.

Had never checked rates at any of the hotels we stayed but discovered the most inexpensive was in Grachen and is still pushing a grand per night during snow season and have to take a bus to Saas-Fee or train to Zermatt to ski as I was using it one year as a base for a stop on the international ice climbing championship series. Otherwise it's just a place for folks that can't afford price of a room in Saas-Fee or Zermatt and except sitting in a room moving wife to a town with stuff to do would be hard.

Learned never judge a book by it's cover as we were treated like part of the world of another class for multiple trips to Switzerland and France mostly even with wife riding in car with the director of Le Tour at one point, hotel rooms in Alp de Huez night before and after Le Tour finishes there, and had no idea was all just because Europe was hurting that bad for American tourists dollars anyone with an AP press pass and letter from the editor of paper with six figure circulation got the red card treatment even on French Rivera from Monaco, Cannes, St Tropez, La Lavendeu, Toulon to Marseilles. Unless we have an unknown rich relative leave us a pile of money or my old contacts suddenly need travel articles can't get for free from college students looking to get published except for our goal to still com over to catch first to stages of 2019 Le Tour which both are in Belgium this year our five and six week juants to Europe in nice hotels are part of the last. My guess is having Le Tour in Belgium for two days is more of a nightmare for police and military having to make sure nothing goes haywire till the race crosses back into France.
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Old November 14, 2018, 16:29   #49
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So,
You have been in Zermat, been there to while moving on to climb.
Swiss is the most expensive country in the EU. A shamefull 13$ for a beer in a cabin near the Matterhorn. Jezus! You'r sober in a second if you get the bill.

Try Belgium next time. Real beer for normal prices.
I'll introduce you to King Fillip and Mathilde.

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At the prices paco pays (still not "cheap" but not US costs for legal transferable) I too would have a chunk of his horde if legal here !! That said a legal L1A1 here is about $5K now.
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