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    So Just watched MAC, he noted issues with his newer rifle, is this typical?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdtio4h6h9E
    Call me John, just an old man with opinions.

  • #2
    Depends on when DSA made it. At one time DSA made a really good product. As time went along though their quality started going down. This was because of a couple of things. First was the running out of real surplus parts. This caused them to start making their own or farming them out. Either way though the QUALITY of the parts went down. Then you have the problem of them trying to be all things to all people as they went from just making FALs to them trying to build quality RPD's, ARs and so on and so on........

    I have a friend though that has a real problem with one of their RPD's. They do not either know how to fix it or care to fix it right........take it for what it is worth.

    So I would say older stuff, good. Newer stuff, you pay your money and you take you chance. Also customer service seems to be going down. Maybe the amount of stuff they are getting back for repairs though.

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    • #3
      I think the FAL is pretty much dead anyway. Get a G-3 from PTR and save a lot of $$.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Southern Shark View Post
        I think the FAL is pretty much dead anyway. Get a G-3 from PTR and save a lot of $$.
        Only problem is the G-3 was only adopted by 7-10 countries. The M-14 by 2 countries. Best of all the FAL was adopted and used by over 90 countries. There fore the FAL has a MUCH larger availability of spare parts and magazines. FAL is also MUCH easier to clean and maintain in the field.

        I have used the M-14 and the FAL in combat and know they work WELL. I also worked for H&K selling and demonstrating weapons to LEO and Military all over the world.

        After all that I feel comfortable saying if I was going into combat again, it would be with a Para model FAL. Your mileage may vary.

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        • #5
          Not sure where you came up with the G-3 adopted by 7-10 countries stuff. That's not accurate. More importantly though, the G-3 is still manufactured in several countries, still used by several large armies and PTR makes most of the parts here for a reasonable price. Not saying DSA doesn't do the same for the FAL, but I just think parts availability is a non-starter, especially given that the FAL wasn't used by the USA, so it's not like there are a bunch of parts in CONUS (true for the G-3 too). If you want cheap parts, get an AR-10 from DPMS.

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          • #6
            If Rifles were Girls.........the FAL is BY far the "sexiest" looking rifle ever made. AND.........it is a GREAT rifle, as an added bonus!! I love my FAL's!!



            Sorry to hear DSA has slidden downhill, so much......bummer!
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            • #7
              Problem with FALs is either they are Metric, Inch (Australia, Britain, Canada), or mixed (India, Israel). So some gunsmithing may be involved. My Century FAL from because back was a metric Brazilian lower an Incl British upper which seemed to work. Had a gunsmith take a look at it and the receiver latch was filed down a bit to make it fit.

              I think DSA still makes as good quality FAL as you could get, and PTR makes a decent G3 with a paddle release. FAL mags were once cheap, not getting pricey. G3 mags are cheap for now.

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              • #8
                I have a Springfield Armory FAL...........I WILL die, with that rifle!!!

                MANY memories! I let a Friend shoot it back in the 80's, that was only familiar with Garand's. He thought he was checking the safety........but hit the upper /lower opener.

                The rifle "popped open" and the bolt and everything spilled out onto the cement!!! He was sorry, and I KNEW.......it was all my doing, by not doing any PROPER instruction on that weapon.........

                YES!!! The memories!! My Friend has been LONG dead for years now..........but I still have that rifle............

                Last edited by Led; December 30, 2019, 15:24.
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                • #9
                  I have a DSArms SA58 from probably 6 years ago or so. Love the gun. Very accurate and never had an issue with it. One of my favorites.

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                  • #10
                    2021 add this they make their guns in house receivers and barrels not too many do that today they farm it out to everybody and the rec is stronger then the Belgium.F..N. 1060 steel heated treated in certain area DSA 4140 FORGED AND FULLY HEAT TREATED,the barrels from dsa 4150 and made in house.

                    so they will last for sure
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                    • #11
                      Growing up in the '50s and '60s I thought the FAL was the SEXIEST looking thing in the world......before I discovered a girl named Joia (And Thank God my wife doesn't visit this site). So as soon as part kits hit the market I bought one of them and an Imbel receiver, and got to work. Mine is an Austrian StG 58 with what appeared to be a new barrel. I didn't like the straight-comb StG buttstock or the steel handguard, so I eventually converted mine to a "standard" metric rifle, and then into a Rhodesian tribute. It has always run great, but I do have issues with gas leaks due to thread erosion in the gas block and cylinder. I keep thinking about a short cylinder conversion with the cylinder silver-soldered to the gas block - that would fix it for sure.

                      It could use better sights, and I have to make sure I keep my face well away from the rear sight or I will be replacing my right side eyeglass lens again.

                      Threaded the barrel for the Belgian flash hider, and put a Halbeck brake on it. Looks like something that fell off of some South African farmer's tractor, but it looks steampunckt-cool and it really tames muzzle rise during recoil. (The story I heard was a FAL with a Halbeck brake on it was the only 7.62 NATO rifle that was controllable in full-auto fire.)

                      BTW, if anyone here would like to borrow a twice-used muzzle-threading die and pilot shaft, PM me and I'll ship mine out to you.
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