By way of setting up this story I thought I'd give a little background. I like to collect military rifles. I also like to rebuild and build them. The FN-FAL has been called the assault rifle of the world. I didn't have one so this project was born.
Early last year I bought a metric pattern Imbel FN-FAL parts kit that is believed to have come from Chile. It is one of those rifles that looks like it has been carried a lot, but fired little. Parts and bore look very good. The finish is unimportant since I will completely refinish it.
I've waited about 6-7 months to get a DS Arms upper receiver to complete the rifle. Research suggested that DSA made the highest quality receivers. I ordered mine with a cut for the carry handle. Yesterday I finally got my upper receiver after fhp-490 handled the transfer for me.
So, here is what I have.
The major parts.
An idea of what the rifle will look like when assembled.
Notice the rear of the barrel has a piece of the original receiver attached and will have to come off so the new receiver can be installed.
Here is where the upper receiver attaches to the lower receiver and butt stock.
What would an assault rifle be without a bolt, bolt carrier and charging handle?
There is a lot of work ahead of me. I'll continue to post here and update the project. This should be fun. To be legal in the US this rifle will have to contain 7 parts made in the US. For this build those parts will be something like gas piston, gas tube, hammer, sear, trigger, pistol grip, furniture.
In about 6 months the upper receiver should arrive for my Austrailian L1A1 build.
Thanks for looking.