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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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Old November 08, 2018, 16:51   #7
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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.

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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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Very nice!!!!!
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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, 17:44   #13
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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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Old November 08, 2018, 18:35   #15
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Both extremely cool and beautiful! Congratulations my friend.
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Old November 08, 2018, 20:08   #17
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Truly a stunning rifle- thanks for posting these up paco
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Old November 08, 2018, 22:43   #18
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Absolutely astounding!!!!
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Old November 09, 2018, 00:16   #19
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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 think I just touched myself inappropriately
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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Old November 09, 2018, 10:41   #25
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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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gorgeous

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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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Paco, yer a bastard.



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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.
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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I'm just a Belgian guy that loves FN and his country.
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