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FAL or PTR-91....and why?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by nehalemguy, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. nehalemguy

    nehalemguy Vernonia Well-Known Member

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    Lately I've been itching for a 7.62 battle rifle. Originally I was convinced that I wanted a PTR-91 but now some folks have put the FAL bug in my head.

    What do you fellows think?

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  2. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    FAL
    Thr world's battle rifle. ....
    And I have one. LOL
    It's still in service, check the weapons at the Rio games.
     
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  3. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a couple of fal's and a 91 I choose the fal.for the following reasons
    I reload and the fal is a lot kinder to the brass.
    I dislike stamped sheet metal
    I like the cocking lever location on the fal better.
    I like the recoil of the fal better
    The 91 has cheaper mags
    I like the scope mounting better on the fal.
    You know I really don't like the 91 all that much

    James
     
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  4. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I have owned 4 HK91 pattern rifles (one being a real HK) and one FAL.

    The FAL I had sucked, All the HK's have been great.

    Its been 20 years ago that I owned the FAL so telling you why it sucked is a bit difficult but it simply was not a pleasure to shoot and seemed awful sloppy and poorly made.

    Now I have never owned a cheap hk91 pattern rifle ( I currently own a PTR91, the "cheapest" variant I have ever had, but I have not shot it yet so I cant comment much on it. Other than the plastic trigger pack it seems as good as previous rifles)

    I know a lot of folks who bash roller locks, My experience has been good but then my experience has always been that of a guy playing with an expensive toy. My life has never depended on it.

    So I guess basically I have nothing of value to add :D
     
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  5. cade

    cade Hillsboro, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have owned a ptr91 and a DSA fal. The fal is a stronger design and due to adjustable gas system it feels better through recoil (IMHO). I truly love the fal and have had zero issues with mine.
     
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  6. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Both? Either?
     
  7. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have had zero problems with either 91 or fal.
     
  8. nehalemguy

    nehalemguy Vernonia Well-Known Member

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    The availability of cheap magazines and parts had me leaning toward the PTR...but "the right arm of the free world" has a nice ring.

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  9. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I think the only reasonable thing to do is buy both, Try them out (say for 10 or 20 years) and then sell the one that comes in second, or keep it around for a backup. :D
     
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  10. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I enjoy my FAL. Had mine built so it checked off more boxes for me. It will probably stay in my stable for a while...

    Do love the HK, but I want one in .223 and I wish PTR would make one to avoid having to deal with a cheap variant...
     
  11. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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  12. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Neither and get a SCAR17;)
     
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  13. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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  14. DingDongMF

    DingDongMF Beaverton Member

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    For once I can say I have both.
    I like them both and if I had to choose one it would probably be the FAL just because it is more user friendly.
    The HK is a brute but absolutely 100% reliable.
    If you get a PTR make sure you get the paddle mag release and railed version.
    The FAL is ready to fight but a real HK or older PTR will need some kind of mag release and an extended safety lever if you use the traditional metal lower.
    These days there is no good reason to pick a claw mount over a permanent rail unless you are a collector.
     
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  15. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Bah! Get a .308 Galil... Muslim terrorists lay awake at night sweating, and tremble in FEAR before it!

    :s0003: :s0103:

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  16. bolus

    bolus Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Are you going to go to the August 27th clean up?
    Cleanup and Celebration at North Fork Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes! - Aug 27 2016

    If so I can bring my PTR91 and let you try it. My only complaint is I have small hands and cant reach the mag release without releasing the grip.

    But otherwise its like an old reliable truck. Feels like a solid chunk of metal (which it is) and just keeps on going. Plus I have like 100 mags for it since I found a place selling used ones for a dollar.

    Also it ejects the spent brass forward about 50 yards so you have to go hunt for it. As you can imagine, it is very rough on the brass. You could probably attack two targets at once the way it throws brass.
     
  17. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    They also tremble in fear of a cartoon of Mohammed so your point is?...
     
  18. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Mags for a buck? do tell!
     
  19. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    I am a FAL guy. cast!machined receiver and adjustable gas system. Better on brass for reloading. Happy to let you try one of mine if you like.
     
  20. DingDongMF

    DingDongMF Beaverton Member

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    And the Galil is at least twice as much as the other two.
    I won't ask what a magazine cost.