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Old May 15, 2006, 08:20   #1
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Belgian T-48 clone

Over a year in the making - I believe this is about as accurate as you can get - criticisms welcome. Thanks to EX1, Kevin Adams, and many others. Lots of pics - enjoy.

First up - Full left side
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:22   #2
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Right side
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:23   #3
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Square nose Flash hider
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:24   #4
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Gas system close-up - note gas plug.
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:26   #5
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Contols: R marked semi selector, winter trigger, Type A sight - marked in Yards, Type A butt, first pattern butt catch lever.
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:41   #6
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:43   #7
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Last one for now - I have more if you want 'em
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Old May 15, 2006, 08:56   #8
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Old May 15, 2006, 11:09   #9
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Thanks for the pics. Gives me some inspiration. I want to do an H&R clone, but I think I'll have a better chance of winning the lottery than coming up with the parts.

Couple questions for you, if you don't mind. Is the rear sight on your clone correct? The H&R has concentric rings on the buttons rather than the knurled surface in your pics. I don't know if the Belgian shares the same sight as the H&R. Also, does the correct Belgian gas plug look more like a metric or an inch plug? The H&R looks like an inch.

Really nice work.
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Old May 15, 2006, 11:32   #10
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WOW.....that's a sight to behold!!! Very Nice indeed, makes me long for one as well, very cool!!
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Old May 15, 2006, 11:46   #11
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Very nice looking rifle!
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Old May 15, 2006, 11:53   #12
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Thanks for the pics. Gives me some inspiration. I want to do an H&R clone, but I think I'll have a better chance of winning the lottery than coming up with the parts.

Couple questions for you, if you don't mind. Is the rear sight on your clone correct? The H&R has concentric rings on the buttons rather than the knurled surface in your pics. I don't know if the Belgian shares the same sight as the H&R. Also, does the correct Belgian gas plug look more like a metric or an inch plug? The H&R looks like an inch.

Really nice work.
The knurling on the rear sight is correct for the Belgian. As per my pic of the gas system above, yes, the gas plug is metric but looks like the inch style.

I can E-mail you an Original T-48 pic from the Smithsonian, if you like. PM me.
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Old May 15, 2006, 20:59   #13
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Old May 15, 2006, 21:45   #14
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Your gas plug is late metric, the type used on type III guns. You have mixed Belgian & US features on your build. The handguards are Belgian but the non tapered flash hider is US.

Your takedown latch does not fit properly. Watch that that puppy does not flop open on you during recoil.

Mighty purty handguards.

You might look into using an L1A1 pistol grip less popsicle stick in place of the metric grip.


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Old May 16, 2006, 08:35   #15
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Nice. More correct in the minor details than mine (and that cost a fortune to assemble!).

On the popsicle stick thing, if one examines all the old photos of the prototypes, it becomes apparent that three pistol grips were interchanged (greater angle, w/ stick and w/o stick). Also, the sling swivel under the HG may or may not be present. Both Type A and B stocks had been fitted as well.

So depending on who's looking at which photo, any given replica may or may not be "correct".
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Old May 16, 2006, 10:25   #16
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Huh!!

That's a beautiful pistol grip....DON'T change a thing on it, she looks fine!
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Old May 17, 2006, 09:23   #17
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Don't squeeze the Sharmin.
Looks like somebody just squeezed his Sharmin!

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That T-48 is very cool! Amazing!

Good job!
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Old May 17, 2006, 23:32   #19
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didnt the T-48 have a special charing handle knob? someone here was making them. Or was that just on the H&R made ones?
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Old May 18, 2006, 11:56   #20
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didnt the T-48 have a special charing handle knob? someone here was making them. Or was that just on the H&R made ones?
John, the H&R did have a different charging handle design--looked more like a hook than a knob. I thought Tapco did a run of them...
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Old August 17, 2006, 22:57   #21
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T48 H+R Charging handle

The T48 Charging handle was more like a Browning Bar style charging handle on the T48 H+R Guns.
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Old August 17, 2006, 23:36   #22
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Looks Good!

I like the non-sling swivel barrel. Is that a type-A gas block? Oh, you gotta cut an extra slot in each of the rear-site adjuster screws.

Here is a pic of the gas block of the FN manufactured T48 at the Smithsonian. I think it was the H&R that had the L1A1 pattern gas plug. I personally took these pictures. I believe this particular rifle to be perfectly authentic, for the FN version. But I am not an expert.



For reference the rest of this T48's pics are here. There's closups of the T48 pistol grip too, plus cutaway's of it's design somewhere in the main T48 directory.

Smithsonian FN T48


And my T48 pic library is here:

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I don't care what anyone says, that is a very coooool rifle nice job man, good shot man.
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Old August 22, 2006, 08:30   #24
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Scenario:
FALer #1- I build FAL rifles.

FALer #2- Oh yeah? Well then..... (grabs latest build and holds it up for FALer #1) .....check out this T48 Build!

FALer #1- (silent while mouth is agape and drools)


I would have to say that, this is, the most profound modern day FAL build ever! I mean, do you realize what you have accomplished?? You just built the f@ckin grail, man!!!

I have only thought about building one of those. I am truely envious.
Absolutely amazing! You, Sir, must, without a doubt, be a true FALer. I think all FALers owe you a beer for this one.
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Horseman,

You hit the nail right on the head here. A beer to robmac on this one. Trying to round the parts up for original early clones takes alot of time and patients, not to mention, making the parts that you just can't find. You would have to be serious about what you are doing, to go this far...Great job!
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I hear ya 308er1.

And he is so damn modest about it!!

"Hey guys, could you critique this T48 I just built?"

You know, I thought I was gonna see an Imbel with an Argentine open eared barrel with a DSA Browning style non lugged flash supressor and some refinished G1 furiture etc, then the pics popped up and it was like "Holy Shit! He really did build one! Were'd he get those parts, man!"

Like some "shtf" and I'd throw that down for an AK. Yeah, RIGHT!!

Can't say enough man, that rifle is just too cool!
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Old August 24, 2006, 17:17   #27
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Thanks for the kind words - detail of the stripper clip area - the front nubs for the charger guide, real Belgian cast top cover machined for the guide (not stamped DSA or CDN).

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...hreadid=169895
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Old November 11, 2006, 11:06   #28
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I was planning to use an inch pattern gas plug on my FN T48 clone as well but looking at the pictures of the original I can see that's not "correct" Where would I find a metric style short gas plug ?
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Hello the correct short plugs with the A on the end are pretty hard to find but a Izzy plug is the same just with the Izzy markings.
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Larry,

I would love to build a T48 with my BGS kits. I just need to find the right T48 handguards (Belgian type and US type) and pistol grips. hint, hint.

I already have the T48 machined stripper clip top cover that I bought on E-Bay years ago plus the correct yds rear sight.
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Bless you my son, go and FAL some more!!!!

Simply fantastic job Rob.
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Blows that these pics are gone.......
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Blows that these pics are gone.......
I’ll take a look in my computer later this week and see if I saved those pictures.
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I’ll take a look in my computer later this week and see if I saved those pictures.
Thank you!
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Thank you!
I'm still looking at my old computers. I have one more laptop to go through and check, I hope I find it. The good thing is I found a bunch of other T-48 pictures that I didn't know I had saved.
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Looked at all my computers and it appears that the pictures that were originally posted on this thread were on a computer where Windows was corrupted and I lost all my data. I did find some other T48 pictures from different threads.
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This.....and the burning of the Library at Alexandria........Tragedies both.
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