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Old 03-11-2019, 8:17 AM
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Took it out of the safe this weekend and decided to take some photos of mine fully kitted-up. Built on an English 1960 kit with a forged Entreprise L1A1 ABNI receiver. The wood furniture is a repro set made Ironwood with slightly thicker hand guard as the original wood handguards were somewhat fragile. The L1A2 kabar-stype bayonet matches the gun quite nicely and I imagine makes a pretty useful utility knife as well as bayonet.

The SUIT sight is a bit goofy but is an early example of a 4x prismatic battle optic which we see in modern times with the ACOG. It even has tritium inserts to illuminate the reticle a little bit in low light situations.







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FN had some beautiful designs.
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Nice work - I like the wood.

More than a few of us here learned to shoot with that one - !

9.9 lbs of cool.
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The L1A1 of course having a storied history within the British Armed Forces, from the early 60-70s in Northern Ireland during "The Troubles" to the early 80s in the Falklands. A lot of history in these line of rifles serving the United Kingdom in its various conflicts.










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Nice looking rifle! I need one of those SUIT scopes now!

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Is your SUIT sight Brit or Izzy I love the one I have and always get comments on it at the range, I did the reinstall of tritium inserts myself,
FAL is really one sexy beast !!!
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Is your SUIT sight Brit or Izzy I love the one I have and always get comments on it at the range, I did the reinstall of tritium inserts myself,
FAL is really one sexy beast !!!
My SUIT is Brit. I also reinstalled the tritium insert in mine with an orange-red vial as red was unavailable at the time.
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Well nice OP! Love seeing the FAL & SLR represented here on CG.
I need to keep an eye open for a inch pattern receiver and L1A1 kit....
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Love those SLR's. Here is a Aussie version:

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Definitely on the short list of most elegant self loading rifles ever produced.
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Here was mine mated to a number matching Enterprise rcvr. Wish I
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Those are some sweet looking L1A1s. The wood furniture really makes them so much better looking.
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OP - is your registered or does it have a fixed magazine arrangement?
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The OP convinced me to hunt down a SUIT



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Very nice rifle - looks great with the SUIT.


IMO - Take the "is it registered" posts to PM/DM.
Who the Hell wants to discuss that crap on a public forum.

"Jealous" gun collectors are the absolute worst - more likely to throw you under a bus than any left-wing extremist.

It's got a huge block of metal over the mag release - chill, Winston!
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Great thread OP! Thanks for sharing, now I want one!
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IMO - Take the "is it registered" posts to PM/DM.
Who the Hell wants to discuss that crap on a public forum.

"Jealous" gun collectors are the absolute worst - more likely to throw you under a bus than any left-wing extremist.

It's got a huge block of metal over the mag release - chill, Winston!
Thanks! I was going for that "Used" look.
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How would you go about attaching a l1a1 muzzle brake on a fal.?what kinda soder or weld do you need ? Mine has the slip on type and looks like the ones seen in the OP 's pics. That , and I'm looking to make mine compliant , so I don't get thrown in the Pokey.
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Very nice rifles above. The Trilux is a very interesting optic, I have a few Israeli versions sitting with a kit I need to build.

Question on the L1A1- does the front of the handguard by the gas block have metal on the inside. or is it just wood?

I will always have a special place in my heart for FAL's, because it's the only machine gun that I ever had pointed at me in anger. I was in Argentina in 2002 during a financial crisis there, and the police were stopping cars looking for someone in a neighborhood I was driving through on my way to the airport. I guess my friend's father and myself and the car fit the description! They had a road block set up.

A few apologies later I was on my way, but the FAL is really a terrifying view from the muzzle end.
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Thanks to the L1A1 owners/fans for this thread, and pics. Fantastic. Always learn a lot from these.
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Very nice rifles above. The Trilux is a very interesting optic, I have a few Israeli versions sitting with a kit I need to build.

Question on the L1A1- does the front of the handguard by the gas block have metal on the inside. or is it just wood?

I will always have a special place in my heart for FAL's, because it's the only machine gun that I ever had pointed at me in anger. I was in Argentina in 2002 during a financial crisis there, and the police were stopping cars looking for someone in a neighborhood I was driving through on my way to the airport. I guess my friend's father and myself and the car fit the description! They had a road block set up.

A few apologies later I was on my way, but the FAL is really a terrifying view from the muzzle end.
There is a piece of metal near the gasblock on the inside of both handguards.
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Here's a post with a second L1A1 build that I recently finished using a forged Brit-cut DSA L1A1 receiver on a very nice English BSA 1960 parts kit. This one uses the new type "FALMR" mag lock with a blocked 10-rd mag for compliance which requires the gun to be swung open to actuate the mag catch:







This rifle is meant to be more of a 1980s Falklands War clone with the black pebblegrain Maranyl furniture set.
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I remember back in the late 80's/early 90's I had an English inch pattern receiver made up to look like that black pebble grain version depicted on the thread. The Trilux optic looked quite crude but the damn thing fired 1.5 inch groups - so I loved it. The gunsmith was an ex-Rhodesian Army guy who said he used the tightest - was it collar - type in this build. I never heard of this variable in other rifles.

Then ATF came out with some regulation that said if a put together rifle couldn't be imported into the country as put together, then it couldn't be assembled in the US legally. This scared me into selling mine - and they promptly withdrew the regulation. The Bastards!

I still regret selling that rifle that ended up with Eric the Viking. I wonder if he still has it - ? Eric - you on this board? Post a picture so I can cry over it.
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Very nice rifles above. The Trilux is a very interesting optic, I have a few Israeli versions sitting with a kit I need to build.

Question on the L1A1- does the front of the handguard by the gas block have metal on the inside. or is it just wood?

I will always have a special place in my heart for FAL's, because it's the only machine gun that I ever had pointed at me in anger. I was in Argentina in 2002 during a financial crisis there, and the police were stopping cars looking for someone in a neighborhood I was driving through on my way to the airport. I guess my friend's father and myself and the car fit the description! They had a road block set up.

A few apologies later I was on my way, but the FAL is really a terrifying view from the muzzle end.
I've encountered the FAL several times around the world: London, Graf training area in Germany and Northern Germany, the old RSA and Zimbabwe. A classy and effective arm! Great pics one and all.



My not-an-L1 DSA pre-move from CA. No longer has the silly release shroud.
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Takes me back to my TA days.
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Thanks for posting Op...Yours looks like my old Imbel I built in the 90s. It was a century import that I had bead-blasted and black oxided then placed in a hand re-finished monkey wood kit. It came out like a playboy centerfold... sure miss that one, sure wish I'd have taken a photo of it.... Replaced it with a low SN
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And here's the '60s era Suez Crisis era L1A1 and the '80s era Falklands War era L1A1 together.

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FALs, inch or metric, are the coolest, most proven .308 rifles in the world---IMHO. Also the softest shooting of any .308 rifle out there. I've had three full size metric versions---an FN, and two Argie factory made rifles---still have the FN... I've owned and/or shot most every 308 that made it across our border and it still draws the most attention when I uncase it at the range... Everybody wants to handle/shoot it!
Went to our 200 yard private club range, and there were three guys and a girl shooting three different M1As. The girl asked me what kind of rifle it was, and I explained it's history. She asked what ammo it shot, and I told her the same ammo they were shooting (American made white-box) and she asked if she could shoot it. I said sure and she grabbed a couple boxes of their ammo and and loaded-up a couple of magazines. I explained it loaded just like an M1A, and she did---after firing three rounds, she turned to me and said: "This rifle doesn't kick at all!" She shot the rest of her ammo and then her guy friends wanted to shoot it, and they did. They all said how much they liked the FN and were going to buy one! Of course, this was about twenty years ago and you could still buy such things...
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I can shoot my FALs all day but the G3 I'm about done after two mags worth because the recoil is so harsh. I know you can reduce it by getting a heavy buffer and other things like a different angled locking cam but it's just easier to deal with the FAL and tuning the gas system just right.
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Very nice pair!
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