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Posted: 12/12/2003 7:07:57 AM EDT
I am considering getting a FAL after the holidays. Possibly one from Ohio Rapid Fire. I was contemplating a carbine length but was wondering about the ballistics of the .308 in a 16" barrel. Naturally, muzzle velocity would be different between a 16" and a 20" barrel.

What is the story with accuracy and effective range of FAL carbine as opposed to the full length barrels?

Link Posted: 12/12/2003 8:41:01 AM EDT
I can't give you balistics, but I recently received my FAL carbine from Todd at Rapidfire and I love it.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 8:53:05 AM EDT
tagged because I have the same question
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 9:55:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/12/2003 9:56:16 AM EDT by Dredd308]
I can't say anything about effective ranges, I've killed paper at 200 yards (longest range where I shoot)

When I was sighting in the iron sights on my DSA, from sand bags at 100 yards I had a three round group, two holes were touching, the other was just outside. About 3/4" of an inch group. I was very happy with that.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 9:57:23 AM EDT
Barrel length has almost nothing to do with accuracy. It does cost you velocity. I haven't chronographed mine, but I suspect you'll loose close to 200 fps when dropping from the standard 21" down to 16".

I'm partial to a compromise of 18" where you retain more velocity but gain handyness of the gun.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 1:50:14 PM EDT
One of the gentlemen who works at our shop, and is the former chief instructor for Glock, says the general rule of thumb is you lose about 60 fps for each inch of barrel loss.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 6:31:18 PM EDT
I posed the same question to DSA regarding their 21" and 16.5" STG58 and was told to expect a 200FPS velocity loss.

I agree with cliffy109 that 18" is the best of both worlds. Of course, I am biased because that's what I went with.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 6:45:43 AM EDT
are there any pics of carbines from todd?
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 7:00:49 AM EDT
you can see pics at www.ohiorapidfire.com under the FAL section.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 9:40:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2003 9:48:39 AM EDT by raf]
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