Gary "Casket" was posting on Facebook about his nostalgic desire for a FN-FAL and a Browning Hi-Power. So I quickly took a picture, with a few extras.  They are fun to shoot.   Some details before anyone asks.

My first FAL was a Springfield Armor SAR-48.  In retrospect, selling it in 1990 to raise cash for a house was a bad idea.  So around 2000 or so, I picked up a G1 kit.  West Germany wanted to replace their M1 Garands and starting in about 1955-56, they purchased several thousand FALs from Fabrique Nationale (FN) in Herstal and designated them the G1.  Later, they approached FN to see about licensing rights to produce them in Germany.  FN said no.  Rumor has it they were still pissed at the German occupation in the previous decade.  Which is why Germany went to Cetme in Spain and the HK G3 was born.  Germany ended up selling the G1s to Turkey, who eventually demilled and sold them to the US gun market.  The upper receiver, the serial numbered part, is a Type 2 made by Dan Coonan, Inc (DCI).  I specifically requested it without the carry handle cut.  The barrel was cut to 18" and since it was still during the ban, it has a Moses muzzle brake that mimics the flash hider.  I tried it with the folding charging handle, but went back to the standard.  The folder looks neat, but it's kind of like the G3.  You have to first grasp the end and unsnap it, then shift your grip lower on the handle and then charge it.  The standard is much easier to use.  I wanted a more prominent magazine release so I picked up an L1A1 release.  A lot of inch (Commonwealth) and metric parts will interchange.  The safety is also a modified L1A1 safety that is easier to manipulate.

The lower receiver is a DSA aluminum lower that does make it feel a lot lighter.  I've played around with different furniture and in the end, went with standard FN-FAL plastic.  I've got a box of wooden buttstocks, and other handguards.  The rear sight is a DSA AR-15 type rear sight with a flip aperature and a knob on the right side for windage adjustments.  The standard FAL rear sight has a lot of slop.

Browning Hi-Power
I picked that one up used in the early '80s.  It was also made by FN and had a Ruger revolver rear sight machined into the slide.  I didn't like the Ruger sight and got a Millett rear sight.  Had to open up the notch a bit, but I like it better.  Added an extended, ambi safety and then parkerized the whole thing.  I shot it in IPSC for a lot of years and had a weird breakage.  The camming lug on the bottom of the barrel sheared off during a match and I ended up getting a Bar-Sto replacement.

Gerber Mk II
Got that when I was a junior in high school approx 1973-74.  It originally had the bright shiny blade and the gray handle.  I sprayed it with Gunkote and after a couple of years, the handle felt slick so I sent it back to Gerber and they re-textured the grip.  But this was after they switched to all black so that's how I got it instead of the old gray handles.  I still have the leather sheath with the pocket for the sharpening steel.  A couple of years ago, I brought to the SHOT show and went through R. Lee Ermey's autograph line and asked him to sign the back. 

Randall Model 14
Stainless blade, Border Patrol handle. 




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Who is this "Casket" of whom you speak?  Methinks he is just a manifestation of  generations of LF  past.  A mere figment of an overactive imagination ...




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Note: If you see "edited" assume it was to adjust for fat-finger typing.

Very nice. Had a SA48 with 18" barrel way back when. Had a railed ARMS (I think) top cover that allowed the factory rear to be used. Mounted a 4x Leupold on it. It shot very well.

Still have my Gerber MKII that I got in 1976 with the grey handle, leather sheath and steel in a pocket. Chipped about 1/4" off the tip at the Pickle Meadow MWTC around 1978. Sent it back to Gerber where they reground the profile so you can't tell the difference other than it's shorter.

Makes me want anothe FN. Thanks for the pics.

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IMG_4542Awesome old school reminder of Soldier of Fortune  magazine from my childhood!  I wish I kept my DS FAL but I traded it off during one of my reconsolidations to round out my collection. I have bought and traded off six different hi powers over the last 30 years . I'm keeping the current one.  I have a gerber Mk II canted wasp blade salted away just in case and I need to call Randall to see if they will swap the grip on my model 14. The finger grooves don't fit my hand. I have two model 14s.  On one the grip is 1/4 longer and the finger grooves are ground bigger and it feels good. Your collection needs this poster



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Hey PRESTONOCONNOR - I had that shirt! A buddy of mine gave it to me when I left Ft. Bragg (the first time...) in 1987! Cool to see again!

I too built a few FAL's back around 2000 when all the parts kits were flowing in. My best G1 on a DSA receiver was stolen when I was in Afghanistan.... but I still have one on am Imbel that I built. I've shot a few HP's, but never bought one... probably ought to correct that...

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As I read this thread I reached down to my left and opened the big box next to me.  What's in there?


Why two boxed L1A1s no less!  Sequentially serial numbered and built on early (Buena Park) Entreprise Arms L1A1 receivers.

HH6 made me move them from the dining room back into the man cave.  She said something about rifles not belonging in the dining room.  I had kinda gotten used to seeing them there.

Now I need to rearrange the armory again <sigh>.

This is sitting on my desk:


Two early AR-15 20 round mags in a rare USAF pouch.

There's a lot of other stuff laying around here I need to put away including a SIG 553 four-position gas port and an HK P7.

I suspect my immediate surroundings are not unlike that of my fellow LFers: old school and more.

There's even a Gerber MK II here somewhere....just like Casket's. 


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What do think the percentage of LF s at least the "mature" ones who doesn't have /had a Gerber MK II? Had an FN Belgian para rode in the trunk in a awol bag after San Ysidro. Sold it in the 90s. It was a cool gun but if given a choice now I would take an AR/M4. Now my M1 I don't know.

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Heck, I still have the Gerber, with sharpening steel and the even more rare leather calf strap! Also one of the original marketing brochures.  The knife, steel and sheath have seen real use, calf strap like new, never used  

 No FAL, but guess I'm guilty of the charge and specification of "mature." 


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Joined: 29 May 2008          Location: AZ

 I'm old enough to have been issued a FAL [C1A1 and C2] . Been issued and owned BHPs. Traded for a MK II when I was a pup.Like most big fuck off knives, it went from the belt to the webbing, to the ruck, to the kitbag, before ending up in a drawer. Never owned a Randall.

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