Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #76...

Lots of discussion material on this unusual heater. Guess away!
I'll come back and edit in a full description later... 

It's a .223 FAL built on a Williams Arms aluminum receiver by a guy who goes by the handle "Meeper" over at the FALfiles. The Williams Arms "Combat Elite" alloy receivers were pipe bombs in .308 because the locking lugs on a FAL mate up with recesses in the receiver. In the .308 version, every shot would increase the headspace slightly until, somewhere around 200 rounds later, BAM!

.223 has a lot less boltface thrust and, while one assumes it would eventually start opening the headspace, too, I'd heard reports of 7k+ rounds when I bought this one back in '02. It had a DSA alloy lower, Williams alloy upper, Galil .223 barrel, and even a Volunteer Ordnance Works alloy folding charging handle. Weighed slightly less than 7lbs empty.

It was interesting, but a pain to get the gas system dialed in, and I eventually sold it. But not before Oleg took pictures!


Rob Pincus with flyweight FAL. Photo by Oleg Volk.

20 comments:

B said...

It is a plastic (and therefore undetectable) AR-46 with an infinite capacity magazine klip with a hidden shoulder thing that goes up.

Did I win a prize?

Oleg Volk said...

Is that your aluminum .223 FAL?

Ancient Woodsman said...

Imbel 5.56 FAL. Not sure if the semi-auto version has a different name, but the 'real' one is the MD2.

If that's yours, honestly I didn't think there were any in the U.S.

Wow. You are one lucky person.

Tpa Gunslinger said...

Magpul HK

The Big Guy said...

This...This is an espresso machine.
No, no wait. It's a snow cone maker.

TBG

TXGunGeek said...

SA57? that would be the lessor of an SA58 AKA FAL.

caleb said...

Seeing a STANAG 5.56 mag in a FAL makes my soul hurt.

Kristopher B. said...

Agree, caleb.

Drive a stake through that AR-15 mag, and rechamber in God's caliber.

Murphy's Law said...

Looks like a Red Rock Arms ATR-1 .223 FAL.

Do I win a cookie?

And Merry Christmas to you and Bobbi and the cats..

Tam said...

Kristopher B.,

"Drive a stake through that AR-15 mag, and rechamber in God's caliber."

If that FAL were chambere in .308, it would blow up and kill you.

That's a hint. ;)

Heath J said...

Is nifty, but looks nekked without a proper flash hider.

Anonymous said...

.22LR practice FAL?

roland said...

Al-FAL in 5.56?

tailwind said...

If that FAL were chambered in .308, it would blow up and kill you.

In that case, it must be an airsoft.

Critter said...

Ruger .17hmr with a hidden rotary magazine?

Ritchie said...

Season's greetings to all, and Tam, congrats on your electric rifle. I suggest a good supply of extension cords...

Greg Tag said...

Curved Magazine

chambered for 7.62 x 39 maybe?

Regards GKT

T Putnam said...

I seem to recall this discussion about this rifle in person - Alloy FAL receivers that will stand up to 5.56 pressures, but not .308 Win.

I seem to recall it's a light rifle!

tailwind said...

The Williams Arms "Combat Elite" alloy receivers ... in .308 ..."

I understand that these rifles came with an undocumented instantaneous disassembly feature that occurred when 200 rounds had been fired.

Rob Reed said...

I remember those. I *almost* bought a receiver, but didn't do it before the Ka Blooey reports surfaced.

Man, the Fal Fires forum was snakebit in a lot of ways. There was the whole WAC disaster, and the group buy on kits run by the board that went bad after a tornado destroyed the warehouse, and a couple other things I forget now.