View Full Version : The appeal of AK's & FAL's
11-04-2003, 05:46 PM
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They seem to have a similar appeal.
They both have many different versions, you can build a hybrid with the features that you like. Or collect different versions.
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11-04-2003, 05:54 PM
Personally I like the AK design for its inherent reliability and the FAL for its excellent ergonomics and long range capability.
I think they’re both very robust weapons, the AK more so and I really like the point Mark214 brought up about the different configurations you can build. I’m looking forward to a few more of each.
Best regards, J
11-04-2003, 08:42 PM
its not really suprising. they are cousins. the fal action is essentially a beefed up and refined SKS action.
11-05-2003, 12:11 AM
Rugged, reliable, and they both can be found(or built) at modest prices.
11-05-2003, 02:40 AM
I grew up with AR-15/M16s and AKs. I never was fond of the AR, so I kept messing with AKs. Cheap to buy, cheap to build and accessorize, cheap to shoot, and absolutely unbreakable.
I discovered the FAL at a later age, but found they were too expensive (around 10 years ago) and too complex. Now they're not as expensive, and while still complex the mystery seems to have been unlocked by several fine people, mainly on this site. I appreciate their good work!
11-05-2003, 08:58 AM
Like both and have several of each. Robustness and simplicity of design. Maybe the FAL is not simple to some but after building/rebuilding several I understand and appreciate the design. I like the AK for different calibers, yep, have four (7.62X39, 7.62X51, 5.45, and 5.56) and like them all, with the proper mag of course. For some reason I do not see the FAL in the multi-caliber role. I know there have been a lot of variations by the tinkering crowd but I just see the FAL as a 7.62X51 rifle. Someday I would like to have a .358 FAL though, just to hunt with because I really like the round.
11-05-2003, 07:40 PM
i feel the ak-74 is the best tool for the job...in the most cases.
small, light, fast handling and easily maintained and deployed. it suffers abuse more so than any other design i know of. it is more reliable in real world conditions than any other rifle design.
the fal...i enjoy collecting and appreciate for its' fine, old world design and craftmanship. it just 'feels' good in my hands....wonderful closed die drop forgings...hours and hours of machining time...hand fitting...there's a certain feel to it! all rifles have a personality. the fal's is one of class, refinement and good breeding.
11-05-2003, 09:01 PM
I sold a H&K 91 because I didn't like (or shoot) it that much and bought a MAK-90 (which I still have). The AK just triggered some chord in me. I like it as a real grunt's rifle, moreso than even the FAL. It pains me to see one tricked out with expensive optics and accessories. The greatest feel is the milled AK with wooden furniture, but if I were carrying it, I'd want the stamped rifle with synthetic furniture, for the weight. And of course I want it in 7.62x39, though I have a MAK-90 in 5.56x45.
11-07-2003, 01:01 PM
I like the mags, lockup, and simplicity of the AK, but I do prefer the gas adjustment, easy field strip, and BHO capability of the FAL. When I get my own forge and mill (or, more realistically, find a machine shop willing to give it a go), I plan to churn out adjustable gas blocks for AKs. Some other outfit does a BHO for AKs, but I don't care for the fact that it requires mods to the mags.
11-07-2003, 02:21 PM
They both look wicked and go bang.
I likes 'em.
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