View Post

The 5.56 FAL Argument

Right off the bat, I have to confess this video is more for my benefit than yours. Pretty consistently we receive drive-by comments about the 5.56 FAL that seem to be rooted in myth or Hollywood movies. So every time someone dumps on the 5.56 FAL, in lieu of recreating the argument from scratch, I’m going to link this video …

View Post

Zeroing 223 FAL

It was a very rainy day and I had a busy schedule. So I jumped onto the bench rest range for a quick 100 yard zero session with the SAR-4800. AKA the 223 FAL. Once I achieve a mechanical zero at 100, I generally like to shoot a rifle through some very basic position shooting. This achieves multiple goals. First …

View Post

Painting SA-48 FAL Front Sight and Gas Setting — Pics

We did a video on the subject, but I have received numerous requests for some hand-holding on doing this. So…in the interest of brevity, here are some still photos of the process. I use Safety-Hooker-Orange (SHO) fingernail polish for this. As for why? First it’s durable. Holds up well in high heat and wet environs. Second, it’s removable. So if …

View Post

Video — FAL Gas Setting Marked For 55g Wolf Ammo

When you are dealing with many different firearms, a good policy is to double document the settings for those guns. One, if the opportunity presents itself, it is always a good idea to leave some kind of reference on the actual firearm. Second, it is a good idea to keep a master log for all the weapons. In this case, …

View Post

FAL Blooper Video

When you plan on filming in slow motion but push the wrong button on your camera. What can I say? We’re still learning cameras. We are gun guys first. Whoops.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

View Post

Video Adjusting 223 FAL Gas for Wolf Ammo

As promised, we have pulled the 223 FAL (SAR 4800) out of the armory and are working it up for some future drills. Here you see me function checking, stress testing, and adjusting the gas system to cycle notoriously under-powered Wolf 55g steel cased ammo. Why Wolf? Simple, we shoot a lot, as do many of you. Budget priced 55g …

View Post

John1911 Podcast EP51 -Hudson H9, FAL Rifle, HK Expanding, Blaser

Episode 51 of the John1911.com podcast. I apologize of going a little long on the last episode. We have kept this one a little more manageable. Don’t stick your face next to strange dogs! Hudson H9 Pistol. Austrian AR — RS556 Viewers have spoken: FAL as first drill rifle. HK USA is making significant moves into the US? SIG 550 variants …

View Post

Armory Chat EP14 — The People Have Spoken

It appears folks have chosen the 223 FN FAL as the first rifle to shoot some drills with. In order of votes: FN FAL 223. SIG 551a1 close second. Beretta AR70 ……. distant 3rd. Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

View Post

Armory Chat EP13 — Which Rifle – 223 FAL – AR/70 – 551A1

By popular demand, we are going to start showing more rifles from the armory. Most of these are from the reference library and others are actually in daily use. So…we are looking for some feedback. Which rifle from these three should we start with: Beretta Ar/70 SIG 551A1 FAL in 223   Leave us feedback and let us know.   …

View Post

Video: 223 FAL — SA-4800

We had a reader inquire about the 223 / 5.56 FAL we have in the armory. His main questions were: Can it use PMAGs? If so, what generation of PMAGs? What do we think of GI / STANAG Magazines? Where to get one without a thumbhole stock? Can I mount a red-dot (RDS) to it? Can I SBR it or …