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Old July 27, 2012, 18:03   #1
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Question FAC of America / D.C. Industries Receiver

Are FAC/D.C receivers as good as Coonans new ones?
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Old July 27, 2012, 18:09   #2
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i built 1 for my izzy l/b years ago, its worked fine.
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Old July 27, 2012, 18:11   #3
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Definitely.
I built several rifles on FAC/DC recievers back in the day. Never a problem.
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Old July 27, 2012, 18:13   #4
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How many years ago did they stop making these?
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Old July 27, 2012, 18:18   #5
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my guess is mid 2000s, harland could tell u.
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Old July 27, 2012, 18:23   #6
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I think FAC went out of business around 2005 or 2006? I don't remember exactly. The assets, including Coonan's reciever tooling, was sold to Century Arms. I got a Century inch reciever recently that had Coonan-like features, but still had Century problems. There's a lot more to turning out good FAL recievers than just casting a chunk of steel.
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Old July 27, 2012, 18:57   #7
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I have a couple FAC receivers milled by DCI, I would say the current Coonan's are better. The current Coonan's are spot on in every respect. The FAC's require tweaking (especially if it is a unibrow).
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Old July 28, 2012, 04:55   #9
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The only aftermarket unibrow recievers I have ever seen were Century's. All the Coonan's had the widow's peak.
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Old July 28, 2012, 05:39   #10
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Early ones fit very tight. The foot of the receiver had to be pounded against the lower to get the locking lever to close and and the inside rails of the upper had to be hand fit to close over the lower. IIRC Dan made them a little oversized in these areas to compensate for the different dimensions of kit lowers he sampled.
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The only aftermarket unibrow recievers I have ever seen were Century's. All the Coonan's had the widow's peak.
Century didn't produce any receivers. Some FAC receivers (milled by DCI) for Century were unibrow. I never said Coonan made unibrow receivers. DCI and Coonan are different companies.
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Century didn't produce any receivers. Some FAC receivers (milled by DCI) for Century were unibrow. I never said Coonan made unibrow receivers. DCI and Coonan are different companies.
So DCI (Dan Coonan Industries) milled receivers to Century specs?
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So DCI (Dan Coonan Industries) milled receivers to Century specs?
Century has specs?
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So DCI (Dan Coonan Industries) milled receivers to Century specs?
FAC also sold Imbel receivers. I imagine it's more likely Dan used one of those as a pattern.
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I think FAC went out of business around 2005 or 2006? I don't remember exactly. The assets, including Coonan's reciever tooling, was sold to Century Arms. I got a Century inch reciever recently that had Coonan-like features, but still had Century problems. There's a lot more to turning out good FAL recievers than just casting a chunk of steel.
I think they went out of business a few years earlier than that, but '02 to 05' is close. A friend (who has an FFL) and I went to their going out of business "rummage" sale. To put it midly, it was Frickin' Awesome. They had grab bags/boxes full of stuff of all sorts for $50-$500, individual parts, firearms, receivers, and receivers in the white. I remember buying one of the DCI receivers in the white with some rough milling work for $80. Anyways, the DCI receivers were/are great in my opinion. I've had 3 of them, still have one, and contrary to some others experience they weren't a problem for me to put together.
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The new Coonan Inc are a little better cosmetically than the Federal Arms Corp / Dan Coonan Industries. But functionally both are excellent.
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I still have one on a rifle and it went together fine. No problems. Dan's idea of customer service has never changed and we go way back.

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Old August 03, 2012, 00:10   #18
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Federal Arms owed more money than the company was worth to Century so Century took over Federal Arms but Federal Arms folded up shop and quit doing business right before that. Federal Arms owned the rights to the FAL receivers made by Coonan at the time. Coonan had to start completely from scratch again to make the newer FAL receivers after no longer making FAL receivers for Federal Arms.
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