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Posted: 10/12/2005 1:54:12 PM EDT
A friend of a friend bought a FAL kit (STG-58 and Imbel reciever) and isn't quite sure how to put it together.  He needs it "headspaced and timed."  I have zero experience with FAL's, but I know my way around AR's pretty well and can usually figure out other guns with a little guidance.

Before I volunteer to help this guy out (a.k.a. build it for him), what am I getting myself into?  What type of special tools will I need that I'm not likely to have laying around the bench already?  

Thanks,
SmallChange
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 2:14:57 PM EDT
these guys will probably know for sure:

www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=6&f=7
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 2:23:13 PM EDT
Randy Kline  in Ft.Worth is the best FAL builder around here. sledgehammertexas@yahoo.com  He headspaced all of mine. RH
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 4:31:50 PM EDT
Where are you located? If your near San Antonio I have everything needed to assemble a FAL.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:49:14 PM EDT
Randy Kline is an FFL builder up here in Fort Worth. He can barrel and headspace for you or build the whole thing ,repark it anything you need. His prices are good too. He does work for people all over the place.  write him ---sledgehammertexas@yahoo.com
Reed
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:19:07 AM EDT
I'm in the Tyler/Longview area.  I was hoping to do the build myself vs. sending it to a smith.  

More accurately, the owner of the rifle was hoping to get me to do it for free/fun instead of paying a smith a bunch of money to do it.  I just need to know if it's beyond my skill level or not.  Of course you don't know what my skill level is, but if someone can explain the process and tools needed, and can probably decide whether or not I can do it.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:31:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 6:33:51 AM EDT by MauserMark]
did you ask in the FAL discussion area?  They'll be able to tell you what tooling is needed.

but tagged, because I am also interested in buying up a FAL kit for a rainy day.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:35:02 AM EDT
I've posed the question in the FAL area.  I was secretly hoping someone who lived on my street would chime in and say "I've built 5 of them, and have all the tools.  Grab a six pack and bring it over."
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 2:53:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 2:56:33 PM EDT by RHspen]
The thing that will screw up the build is if your locking shoulder will not head space with the new receiver, then you will have to find out what size you need and order one. All four of my FALs could not use the one that came in the kit. You will need a very good barrel vice and the receiver wrench also the headspace gauges. Putting the receiver on the barrel takes alot more force than an AR barrel. If the barrel will hand tighten to about 11:00 o clock your in good shape if it does not go that far then you have shave a little off the barrel so it will. They are a lot more work than building an AR.  The reason I let Randy do it is he has tons of locking shoulders and will just trade them out with you. Go over to the FALfiles.com forum   RH



Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:26:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SmallChange:
I've posed the question in the FAL area.  I was secretly hoping someone who lived on my street would chime in and say "I've built 5 of them, and have all the tools.  Grab a six pack and bring it over."



I know how you feel.  If a local H-town arfcomer builds a lot of AKs, I would of bought 5 or more kits by now, but sometimes this stuff is hard to find, and they have to usually be built by professionals, otherwise you'll have a unreliable piece of junk to swing at someone, and that's it.  I've been on the AK forum for the past few months and have heard so many stories about horrible builds from some what professional builders.  AKs and FALs are just in another class of building than the ARs.  Kinda sucks, I'd really like a FAL
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