Review: FAL India. Parts identification and comparison.

(updated 02-09-2020)FAL India, or 1A1, is a FAL and L1A1 hybrid. India purchased FAL rifles from FN, and L1A1 rifles from Australia and England. They then started producing their own, with steadfast insistence it was “their” design with no royalties due to FN. Here we will examine identifying characteristics of the FAL India […]

Review: Ohio Rapid Fire Second Generation Galil Receiver

I reviewed an ORF Galil receiver a few years ago, and while it could be built, it had several problems that may made it a challenging build for the even an experienced builder. Todd Grove at Ohio Rapid Fire produced a “new” receiver which he claims rectified all of the problems with his “old receiver.” […]

Review: Coonan, Inc. 2009 FAL Receiver

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 an incredible nitpicker, […]

Review: Federal Arms Corporation / DC Industries FAL Receiver

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 NODAK SPUD to […]

Review: Ohio Rapid Fire First Generation Galil Receiver

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 to the novice. […]

Review: Century Arms International L1A1 Receiver

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 from a casting. […]

Review: Entre’prise Arms Inc. FAL Receiver

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 get custom machine […]

Review: Entre’prise Arms Inc. 2007/2008 FAL Receiver

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, I’ve had significant […]

Review: Entre’prise Arms Inc. 2009 L1A1 Receiver

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 cut). Entréprise Arms […]

Review: Williams Arms Company Steel FAL Receiver

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 receivers into .223 […]

Review: Williams Arms Company Aluminum FAL Receiver

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 view, lettering a […]

Review: Olympic Arms FAL Receiver

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 review products for end […]