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Jarhead
11-01-2009, 1:19 PM
Is there a Bullet Button type device that squeaks it by? Seen Dust Covers with a Stripper Clip Guide for feeding a fixed Mag, anyone with experience using this? W/O this and W/O a Tool Operated Mag Release I'm assuming she has to be broken open to reload?

rct442
11-01-2009, 1:50 PM
Option #1 - Featureless

Muzzle Brake + Pistol Grip Wrap = Detachable Mags

Duraglock aka www.solartactical.com sells pistol grip wraps for the FAL

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/7362/dsc01147a.jpg (http://img28.imageshack.us/i/dsc01147a.jpg/)

Option #2 - Bullet Button

thedrickel $35 - http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=87346

jjperl $45 - http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=96787

Option #3 - Fixed Mag + Stripper Clip Top Cover

http://www.dsarms.com/Stripper-Clip-SA58-Extreme-Duty-Scope-Mount---620ASCM/productinfo/620ASCM/
http://www.dsarms.com/images/620ASCM.jpg

dfletcher
11-01-2009, 2:30 PM
I don't use my DSA carbine in state all that much, in part because I don't like the thus far available BBs and pistol grip wrap. I know they accomplish what's needed, I just don't like the look. I use the set screw through the mag release lever set up, the mag is locked in place and does not pivot at all and loading through the ejection port is required either with stripper clip or one at a time. When I go to OR I remove the set screw and drop in a spring, can do it without removing the mag release.

Manic Moran
11-02-2009, 10:22 AM
I went with the fixed mag, stripper clip. It's not a permanent deal, though, I just inserted a small metal rod in behind the mag release, thus immobilising it. Hop over the border into Nevada, twiddle the screwdriver for five minutes, and back to being a normal magazine.

NTM

Sicarius
11-02-2009, 11:05 AM
Made a MM style grip for mine.
Kevin

Racefiend
11-02-2009, 11:07 AM
rct442 pretty much gave you all the options. I went with the same setup as manic moran, though I welded my rod for permanence. This was after talking to Iggy for advice (long before BB's, monstermans, and before I knew about calguns...and finding out Iggy doesn't know squat LOL)

fathead
11-02-2009, 2:10 PM
I agree with dfletcher...screw system is best because one reason for buying an fal is that it looks like the most elegant ebr made ..next to the light saber.

JohnBrian
11-02-2009, 2:39 PM
I went with the screw system when I built mine many years ago. I didn't have a stripper clip top cover so I loaded it through the ejection port, which is a pain in the butt. A few months ago I bought one of thedrickels BBs and it works great.

http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt311/CG_johnbrian/002-4.jpg

rkt88edmo
11-02-2009, 2:40 PM
Currently I'm running an option2. My preference is for an option1, but I have a welded on FH that I don't want to fool around with, so I am thinking of going to option2 to enjoy "attachable" magazines.

gunsnrovers
11-02-2009, 2:57 PM
I had the fixed mag for a while, but I got sick of leaving my pile of 20 round mags home every time I went to the range. Popped on a Duraglock sleeve and my FAL's have fake flash hiders.

Doesn't look as slick as the fixed mag set up, but I can drop my mags. In the big picture, both are very simple conversions back when out of state. The grip a little easier then the mag release, but not by enough to worry about.

rct442
11-02-2009, 3:11 PM
I had the fixed mag for a while, but I got sick of leaving my pile of 20 round mags home every time I went to the range. Popped on a Duraglock sleeve and my FAL's have fake flash hiders.

Doesn't look as slick as the fixed mag set up, but I can drop my mags. In the big picture, both are very simple conversions back when out of state. The grip a little easier then the mag release, but not by enough to worry about.

+1 :clap:

Here's my DSA STG58. If you have used a MMG for the AR, then this is much more ergonomic.

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/1377/pb0201381.jpg (http://img26.imageshack.us/i/pb0201381.jpg/)

falawful
11-02-2009, 5:33 PM
What happened to your rat-tail?

rct442
11-02-2009, 5:33 PM
What happened to your rat-tail?

Taking a second look, it cycles fine, but I'll have to wait until I actually get out and shoot it.

thedrickel
11-02-2009, 6:18 PM
It looks a little bent. No big deal as long as it works. Replaceable tho.

I've been busy lately, but I had started working on a new BB that will allow the lower to pivot enough to get the bolt and carrier out. Hopefully I can work out the kinks and get them ready soon, I should have more time in the next few weeks.