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Posted: 8/2/2020 12:58:24 PM EST
So I picked up an Argentine bipod a couple of weeks ago and it shipped quickly and all that, yadda yadda yadda.
The cool part was, he included a pack of M&Ms.
You rock!
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 1:15:24 PM EST
I've known of him since 2001, he does great weapon work.
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 1:26:02 PM EST
Ive used Mark for 6 of my FAL/L1A1 builds and his work is excellent.
Great guy to deal with.
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 1:51:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Redoubt99:
Ive used Mark for 6 of my FAL/L1A1 builds and his work is excellent.
Great geuy to deal with.
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Well yeah I'm sure but.....
He gave me chocolate.
He rocks.
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 2:33:21 PM EST
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I've used his services before as well, great work.

Arizona Response Systems
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 4:56:34 AM EST
Ive had two rifles built through him. HK 91 clone and a Izzy Imbel clone. I have him doing another as we speak. Going to be an Imbel kit on a Dan Coonan  made up with the Rhodesian Camo job.   Can’t wait
Link Posted: 8/10/2020 6:42:35 AM EST
ARS did trigger work/internals polishing on my Hi-Power, good company that does good work.
Link Posted: 8/15/2020 11:55:41 AM EST
Mark Graham/ARS is the only person that will touch my FAL
Link Posted: 8/19/2020 2:47:55 AM EST
he is the only FAL smith we have left.


Everyone else is just...I don't know

but Mark knows his stuff and having been to his shop..it is amazing...
Link Posted: 8/19/2020 6:09:26 AM EST
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He's rather gruff, but a good guy.  His avatar on FAL Files for years was him in his shop with a stern look on his face, pointing something at the camera.  The joke was that no matter what Mark typed in a post, the avatar was fitting for his tone in his post

He also had a hilarious bio on his website in the 2000s, I think it was supposed to be written by his mother.  One part said "the Army thought so highly of Mark's potential for leadership that they promoted him to PFC three times!"
Link Posted: 8/19/2020 6:47:14 AM EST
Just got two L1A1 builds back from him, one on a warped Coonan. He had it for a LONG time but only because he wasn’t going to let it beat him. He kept on saying “I’m about to give up on it.....but I want to try one more thing....” He just wasn’t going to give up. A master builder with absolute pride in his work.
Link Posted: 9/20/2020 6:16:14 PM EST
I'm a member over at the FAL Files, and have corresponded with Mark on a couple of occasions. He is a (self described) "Arrogant Bastard." He doesn't give a damn who he pisses off, and he does so to many on a regular basis. I personally find him to the point and pretty funny at times. He does know his shit when it comes to firearms in general and FALs in particular. He is about the best there is.
Link Posted: 9/20/2020 6:22:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By arfn:
I'm a member over at the FAL Files, and have corresponded with Mark on a couple of occasions. He is a (self described) "Arrogant Bastard." He doesn't give a damn who he pisses off, and he does so to many on a regular basis. I personally find him to the point and pretty funny at times. He does know his shit when it comes to firearms in general and FALs in particular. He is about the best there is.
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I don't think he's an Arrogant Bastard, I just think he just has no tolerance for fools.  I respect that.
Link Posted: 10/8/2020 1:24:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By WarDawg:
Ive had two rifles built through him. HK 91 clone and a Izzy Imbel clone. I have him doing another as we speak. Going to be an Imbel kit on a Dan Coonan  made up with the Rhodesian Camo job.   Can’t wait
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I finally got off my ass to get one built as well, I’m getting Mark to do a Rhodie build on a DSA Type 1 receiver. I can’t thank him enough for answering all my questions and helping me decide what to do and which way to go.
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 2:22:03 PM EST
He and Larry Vickers had an interesting and entertaining discourse several years ago.
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 2:35:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 18B30:
He and Larry Vickers had an interesting and entertaining discourse several years ago.
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Link?
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 2:50:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 18B30:
He and Larry Vickers had an interesting and entertaining discourse several years ago.
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two dominant assertive alpha males with zero tolerance for fools... I bet it was entertaining  Link?
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 3:10:12 PM EST
meh - just being a high speed operator in the 80s doesn't make for a life-time get out of jail free card.

He couldn't handle being corrected on his gross misunderstanding of how a FAL operates.  Went off in a huff like a petulant school boy.  "Don't you know who I am!?"
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 4:37:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gunplumber:
meh - just being a high speed operator in the 80s doesn't make for a life-time get out of jail free card.

He couldn't handle being corrected on his gross misunderstanding of how a FAL operates.  Went off in a huff like a petulant school boy.  "Don't you know who I am!?"
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I didn’t know you had an account here!
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 4:45:47 PM EST
It may be somewhat ironic, but ar15.com has a better AK section than AKFiles.  At least a less ghetto group participating.   But for the last 4 years I've been way over-capacity on FALs, so haven't touched any gunsmithing other than FAL,  or visited the AK or HK forums much.  

Ar-15s don't interest me much.
Link Posted: 10/16/2020 4:50:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gunplumber:
It may be somewhat ironic, but ar15.com has a better AK section than AKFiles.  At least a less ghetto group participating.   But for the last 4 years I've been way over-capacity on FALs, so haven't touched any gunsmithing other than FAL,  or visited the AK or HK forums much.  

Ar-15s don't interest me much.
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Hopefully not too much to get mine done.
Link Posted: 11/10/2020 3:02:31 PM EST
I got my beautiful FAL delivered from Mark today.  Once again, thank you, its wonderful.
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Link Posted: 11/10/2020 3:22:39 PM EST
He builds the finest FAL's I have ever handled.
Link Posted: 11/10/2020 3:31:14 PM EST
I had a couple of AK47s Mark build from Romanian G kits, his attention to detail is second to none.  Excellent rifles.
Link Posted: 11/10/2020 4:47:50 PM EST
Every time I see this thread my dyslexia briefly reads the title as "Shoot Out at Arizona Response Systems."

That would be a way more exciting thread.  Not that this one isn't nice.
Link Posted: 11/23/2020 4:43:33 PM EST
I had a chance to shoot mine out to 500 yards last Wednesday. No problem making hits on steel at that range. I’m dicking with my M1A in the pic.
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Link Posted: 12/2/2020 3:05:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mhode:
I got my beautiful FAL delivered from Mark today.  Once again, thank you, its wonderful.
https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/253119/FAL_jpg-1678280.JPG

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I will expect your presence at the RBGC FAL match July 31 2021.
Link Posted: 12/13/2020 8:50:06 AM EST
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I will expect your presence at the RBGC FAL match July 31 2021.
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@stimpsonjcat

I can do that. Looking to join up at RBGC anyways.
Link Posted: 12/14/2020 8:21:16 PM EST
He always includes M&Ms with stuff you buy. Kind of a funny little extra.
Link Posted: 12/14/2020 9:24:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Fiorina:
He always includes M&Ms with stuff you buy. Kind of a funny little extra.
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he sent me the factory rejects that were all W&Ws
Link Posted: 12/14/2020 9:42:00 PM EST
I figure if I screw up an order, and customer is pissed, he'll be a tiny little bit less pissed with M&M yummies.

I want to do hot sauce since I grow several varieties of hot peppers (Hungarian Yellows do the best), kindof like Mark Larue's Dillo seasoning (except it won't suck) but I haven't figured out how to do the tiny bottles like the tobasco that came with old  MREs.


Link Posted: 12/14/2020 9:51:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mhode:


@stimpsonjcat

I can do that. Looking to join up at RBGC anyways.
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Have you had any luck getting to a match?
Link Posted: 12/17/2020 7:54:59 PM EST
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Have you had any luck getting to a match?
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I wish. Just had R arm surgery on Nov 30 and can’t lift anything heavier than my cellphone until at least my next follow up Jan 5. I wanted to come out this Sunday the 20th, but it wasn’t going to work out.
Link Posted: 12/21/2020 11:44:50 AM EST
Hit me up when you're functional again.
Link Posted: 12/21/2020 4:23:32 PM EST
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Hit me up when you're functional again.
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@stimsonjcat

Rodger that
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 8:04:46 PM EST
My ARS fal came in today. IMBEL parts kit with L1A1 bolt assembly on a FAC (Coonan) type 1 receiver in Rhodesian camo. NBC 21" barrel, BC handguards, cut carry handle.it’s do damn ugly it’s BEAUTIFUL.  Attachment Attached File
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 9:03:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By WarDawg:
My ARS fal came in today. IMBEL parts kit with L1A1 bolt assembly on a FAC (Coonan) type 1 receiver in Rhodesian camo. NBC 21" barrel, BC handguards, cut carry handle.it’s do damn ugly it’s BEAUTIFUL.  https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/26301/4DD8C712-208C-4BB4-9A01-6851020E6FEC_jpe-1767647.JPG
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Nice stick. Ours could be twins.
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 10:03:21 PM EST
Here’s 3 of mine he built for me....Aussie, UK and Indian (which just arrived yesterday). Top notch. I’ve got about 4 other kits sitting, waiting their turn to be sent for builds.
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Link Posted: 1/11/2021 3:11:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By NavyMom18:
So I picked up an Argentine bipod a couple of weeks ago and it shipped quickly and all that, yadda yadda yadda.
The cool part was, he included a pack of M&Ms.
You rock!
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I thought this thread was about the cool part; the "M&Ms" not the "yadda yadda yadda".

(Didn't get any M&M's on a my Argy Franken-FAL reconstruction a couple years ago - happy nonetheless)
Link Posted: 1/24/2021 3:40:56 PM EST
Second time out with this rifle.  60 more rounds through her.  ARS has made me love FALs again.  I couldn’t warm up to my stg fal.   I love this rifle. I love the texture of the messy paint job in it. This is a nothing special fal as far as the FAL world is concerned.   But I sure like this rifle.  Attachment Attached File
Link Posted: 1/25/2021 12:06:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gunplumber:
It may be somewhat ironic, but ar15.com has a better AK section than AKFiles.  At least a less ghetto group participating.   But for the last 4 years I've been way over-capacity on FALs, so haven't touched any gunsmithing other than FAL,  or visited the AK or HK forums much.  

Ar-15s don't interest me much.
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You built a g1 for me some time ago from a very nice kit bought from i think tapco way back.  One of my favorites to this day.
Link Posted: 1/25/2021 12:50:52 AM EST
Great gunsmith.  Does amazing work of FALs, wish he would do some more AKs, but I understand sanity is important to keep.  Always very good to me, but then again, I'm not a douche bag and very laissez-faire with such a fine artist.
Link Posted: 1/25/2021 10:44:12 AM EST
Mark has an Izzy kit of mine right now. Looking forward to running it!!
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 10:35:55 PM EST
Just picked up a DSA forged receiver from DSA after being out of stock for 6+ months? Getting ready to send it to ARS for a Izzy HB build.
Link Posted: 1/30/2021 7:32:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By realwar:
Just picked up a DSA forged receiver from DSA after being out of stock for 6+ months? Getting ready to send it to ARS for a Izzy HB build.
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I just got an R1 forged myself. I’m going to hold it and the Imbel kit I have until Mark isn’t so busy atm.
Link Posted: 1/31/2021 12:17:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By mhode:

I just got an R1 forged myself. I’m going to hold it and the Imbel kit I have until Mark isn’t so busy atm.
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What's his current backlog build time right now?
Link Posted: 1/31/2021 1:16:38 AM EST
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What's his current backlog build time right now?
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At the beginning of Jan he quoted me around 16 weeks.
Link Posted: 2/1/2021 9:20:08 AM EST
He just finished my Izzy Build, it just over 8 weeks. It was an assembly only
Link Posted: 2/1/2021 3:57:23 PM EST
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Originally Posted By aksahsalahs:
He just finished my Izzy Build, it just over 8 weeks. It was an assembly only
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Not bad at all for a builder.
Link Posted: 2/14/2021 4:52:52 PM EST
ARS builds great stuff, period.  My ARS build from 2002 is incredible.
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