There's a guy in Gardnerville, NV that will assemble your FAL upper for $150~$160. I love building rifles but when you add up the cost of a receiver wrench, barrel vice, pin gauges, and head space gauges (OK, I probably need the last one anyway) I'm tempted to have it done.
Do you actually have to solder the compensator onto the barrel? Sorry if that's a dumb question but I watched some how-to videos on YouTube on that and I wasn't sure if that was a requirement or something else.
If you guys don't mind, post some pics of your builds. I'm especially interested to see how the barrel times with the gas system. I know there is a ton of info over at FALfiles but there's actually too much info. It's like finding a needle in a needle stack.