When I decided to get back into shooting I went to a gun show to buy the rifle I had decided was the one I needed…an HK.
But then I picked up a FAL and it just felt right in my hands. Ergos fit better. Cleaning it looked simple. Felt very robust.
Course it was assembled by CAI, so it didn’t work. I had to go find folks that knew about this rifle, FALfiles.com became my home. Got it working and shot the crap out of it. 308 was 12 cents a round in those days! I changed the bbl out a few years ago when it would no longer hold the 2-3moa it had been shooting. I know I had 10k+ rounds through it at that point.
These days I still take her out to any matches I go to…even if she isn’t considered competitive by any of the top shooters at those matches. Mostly run-and-guns these days.
Here she is after the Carolina RNG this year…
I will warn you I am not a FAL expert…or rather not in the esoteric nuances of the FAL…I have assembled/repaired over 200 of them, but I do not care in the least about making them ‘correct’…I just want them to function as well as they can.