Following the lead of my hero, OldNFO, here’s some specifications for your ponderage (new word).
The L1A1 is the British variant of the Fabrique Nationale FN-FAL rifle. The original FN-FAL was based on metric measurements. Of course, the British Empire would have none of that, and modified the rifle to comply with their Inch Pattern. During the original FN-FAL design, there were a number of calibers tested, including .270 and .280, but finally settling on the 7.62×51 NATO round.
My rifle (this is my rifle, this is my gun…) is a bastardized Century Arms model made mumble-years ago. Century Arms was not known at that time to put together a great set of parts, and mine is one of those. I’ve gotten it pretty well beaten into shape and enjoy pushing a large round downrange semi-automatically. The action soaks up a large amount of the recoil, unlike a bolt-action rifle, and makes for a pleasant firing. Now, if there were a better trigger…
OK. The specs, courtesy of Blake Stevens’ “UK and Commonwealth FALS” (Collector Grade Publications, 1987):
Calibre: 7.62mm (.30 in)
Length of Rifle (with normal butt): 1143 mm (45 in)
Length of barrel 533.4 mm (21 in)
Number of grooves: 6
Pitch of rifling: 1 turn in 304.8 mm (12 in)
Twist of rifling: right hand
Type of operation: Gas
Rifle only: 4337.4 gm (9.56 lb)
Rifle and full magazine: 5074.4 gm (11.19 lb)
Magazine full: 737 gm (1.6 lb)
Magazine empty: 255 gm (9 oz)
Magazine capacity: 20 rds (standard)
Fitted, Rear: Aperature
Sight Range: 200-600 m
Sight Radius: 55.37 cm (21.8 in)
Ammunition: (source Wikipedia 7.62×51 NATO)
|Parent case||.308 Winchester (derived from the .300 Savage)|
|Case type||Rimless, Bottleneck|
|Bullet diameter||0.308 in (7.82 mm)|
|Neck diameter||0.345 in (8.8 mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||0.454 in (11.5 mm)|
|Base diameter||0.470 in (11.9 mm)|
|Rim diameter||0.473 in (12.0 mm)|
|Rim thickness||0.050 in (1.3 mm)|
|Case length||2.015 in (51.2 mm)|
|Overall length||2.750 in (69.9 mm)|
|Rifling twist||1 in 12 in (30 cm)|
|Primer type||Large Rifle|
|Maximum pressure||60,191 psi (415.00 MPa)|
|Test barrel length: 24 inches (61 cm)
Source(s): M80: Slickguns, M118 Long Range: U.S. Armorment
Next up, MSAR STG-556 (if I can find the specs). If not, then the Steyr AUG that the MSAR was cloned from.
Suck it, ITAR!
Enjoy, and see y’all at the range!