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, but I differentiate between those things that are problems and those things that have no functional relevance but may improve the product. I have no financial interest in Coonan Inc., but as one of the country’s best known FAL builders, I have a general interest in there being high quality receivers available to my customers, as it makes my job as a custom gunsmith and FAL armorer so much easier.Dan Coonan has a long history in the firearms manufacturing industry, previously making FAL receivers on the Dan Coonan Industries (DCI) name, for Federal Arms Corp (FAC) and AK receivers for Nodak Spud. See my review of the FAC receiver, also on this website.
The receivers start as a rough casting and are finish machined. When FAC was forced into bankruptcy, DCI lost access to the casting molds. FAC’s sales manager, Harlan Ekre, went on to form NoDak Spud, co-located with DCI, and to sell AK receivers made under the DCI manufacturing license. Nodak Spud then moved into their own facilities and began marking their AK and AR receivers under their own name and manufacturing license.While the FAL receiver was always on the back burner, the incredible sales volume of AK receivers made it impractical to deal with at the time. When demand for AK receivers slowed a bit in 2009, Dan Coonan and Dave Neville were able to give the FAL receiver the attention it needed. As you will see from this review, they did a fine job.
I like to headspace .001″ over a tight close on a GO gauge so as to allow for a wide variation in ammunition brands. My pin gauges said that a .270″ would be a tight close, and the largest locking shoulder I had available was a .2675″. This is a little looser than I like, although it still will not close with heavy pressure on a NOGO gauge.Locking shoulder larger than .263″ are far less common than those smaller, and are unlikely to be found in a parts kit. If DCI could make this receiver take a .258″-.262″ locking shoulder, with any variance in the direction of a smaller locking shoulder, it would save customers from having to buy a less common locking shoulder. I tried two other barrels to verify this was the receiver and not an unusually deep chamber.
I also noticed that the locking shoulder appeared to go in just a little shallow. A shallow locking shoulder dog-leg recess was common on the FAC receiver as well. It is not necessarily a problem, but perhaps something for DCI to check against their prints.
This receiver is even nicer than the FAC receivers. Reviewing it was a pleasure. My inconsequential recommendations are
I look forward to building on these.