2018-05-29

FAL Tutorial: Restoring the CAI L1A1 Thumbhole Sporter

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Congress banned the importation of “Assault Rifles” in 1989. Certain features differentiated a “sporting rifle” from an “assault rifle”. Features included: detachable magazine, pistol grip, bayonet mount, flash hider, and folding stock. Importers modified their rifles to comply with the law by substituting a thumbhole stock for the pistol grip, […]
2016-09-29

FAL Review: Coonan, Inc. 2009 FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Dave Neville, of Coonan Inc., showed me their new Metric Type III receiver at the 2009 SAR show. I received one shortly after the show for testing and evaluation. This review examines the receiver for dimensional correctness, cosmetic appeal, and ease of assembly. I am known in the industry as […]
2016-09-29

FAL Review: Federal Arms Corporation / DC Industries FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Federal Arms Corporation (FAC) Closed its doors in 2005. FAC had been the exclusive reseller of the FAL receiver manufactured by Dan Coonan Industries (DCI). Apparently FAC owned the moulds, while DCI did the finish machining on the castings. Harlan, a former employee of FAC, has opened a new company […]
2016-09-29

AK Review: Ohio Rapid Fire Gen 1 Galil Receiver

(updated 03-17-2020) Introduction The following information may be of assistance to the home builder considering a build on an ORF receiver. The ORF receiver is the only non-IMI receiver of any potential on the market today, but it does have issues that are a challenge to the experienced builder and may be insurmountable […]
2016-09-29

Tool Tutorial: Building a Gunsmith Tool Holder

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction There are some commercial tool-holders sold. None met my specific needs. I made one out of pine similar to the one shown here. It worked well, but I outgrew it quickly and wanted to make some improvements. This is the improved model. It is oak and 24″ wide. You can […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Century Arms International L1A1 Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Century Arms International makes a cast FAL receiver that was included both on complete rifles and available by itself. Its primary attraction was its comparatively low cost – about 30% less than an import before the receiver-import ban, and now perhaps an even lower comparative price. Review Receiver is finish-machined […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Entréprise Arms Inc. FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction My previous reviews of Entréprise Arms FAL receivers have been unfavorable. Not only were the receivers grossly out-of spec, but the company tried to market the curious dimensions as a bonus – to permit a “match fit.” I don’t buy a carburetor for my Chevy and expect to have to […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Entréprise Arms Inc. 2007/2008 FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction I’ve previously had poor experiences with Entréprise Arms. Its not that ALL of their receivers were bad, bat rather they were not consistent one to another. As a professional builder, my customers expect to know before-hand how much a build will cost. While I have built many with no issues, […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Entréprise Arms Inc. 2009 L1A1 Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Entréprise Arms sent me pre-production L1A1 receivers for review and comment. Over several months I evaluated their changes and recently received a fourth production receiver. It is of the British pattern, which makes it unique, as no other companies have released a British pattern receiver. (Update: Coonan Now offers UK […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Williams Arms Company Steel FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction There are several companies that have operated under the name “Williams Arms” or variations. Dwight Williams of Williams Arms Company, in Sisters, Oregon, introduced the Aluminum Combat Elite around August 2001. It did not fare well in real-world and laboratory testing. Several gunsmiths have had success in building these aluminium […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Williams Arms Company Aluminum FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Dwight Williams of Williams Arms Company in Sisters, Oregon, produced an aluminum FAL receiver. This receiver was significantly lighter than its steel counterparts an I was hopeful that it would prove to be a viable option. I reviewed my sample in 2001. Review Left side view, nicely machined. Right side […]
2016-09-20

FAL Review: Olympic Arms FAL Receiver

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Arizona Response Systems received this Olympic Arms T48 2000 “FAL” for evaluation in October of 2001 . He purchased it as a 100% metric rifle from Olympic Arms, but after his examination, he believed it to have inch pattern features. He also noticed some things that “didn’t look right.” I […]