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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
New postPosted: March 5th, 2013, 2:04 pm 
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I have not seen one as you describe, so you are now beyond my knowledge base. :(

Even if you do not get an opportunity to test fire it, see if you can observe the rifle with a loaded mag in it and the bolt held to the rear. (It will be helpful to have the lower and upper broken open and the top cover removed to do this.) Observe how the points of the live rounds sit in relation to the feed cuts under the barrel face. If they appear to be pointed directly at one of the double scalloped cuts and would impact them upon moving forward, then they should be OK. You also might be able to observe some copper and brass coloring from previous rounds that have been fed through this gun when fired before. If so, there could well be a clear copper-colored marking of the path the bullet tips have been making as they feed, and this can confirm whether the ammo is traveling as it should, or whether it is moving out of the appropriate lane. Don't be fooled by seeing brass shavings or coloring all over. That is normal. The key is where the nose of the bullets have been dragging. But this is only a clue. Test firing is the proof.

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Ok test fire went poorly. Just with some Spanish surplus. One mag would not feed worth a damn. The other mag was ok, but had occasional bolt riding over round. Dicked with gas settings and shot a 20rd mag clean. Gun seems fairly accurate banging steel at 200 no problem but had to use 300 meter setting. Gun has a non foldable charging handle, grenade sights in meters and a brake. The mags are old and crappy looking may be a mag issue. As for the bolt riding over the top of the round.......disappointing


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Can it be saved...That is the question

Maybe a new mag?


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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In my experience, bolt-over-base misfeeds are a magazine issue.


Usually.

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Thanks, that is what I am hoping. Also reading about gas setting issues, spring issues and overall cleanliness issues. But I am leaning mag as one works most of the time and one doesn't


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Determined I believe to be a mag problem. Original mag works better. Reading on FAL forum how to correct.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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OK I am done with the POS, getting my money back

Great first experience with the FAL, hope better luck next time. I learned alot though


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Did you happen to notice whether the mags were metric or inch pattern? Some FALs have magazine lug receptacle cuts either in the L1A1 pattern (inch - British, Canadian, Australian) or metric pattern (German, Argentine, Brazilian, Belgian etc...). While Inch pattern mags cannot lock in a metric receiver, metric mags can lock in an inch-pattern gun;...although not always very well. If the R1A1 receiver was made with inch-pattern lug recess and you were using metric mags,...this COULD be the culprit. If so, try using a genuine inch-pattern mag and see if results improve. Unfortunately, inch-pattern mags are not as common, but cost about the same when found.

The mag on the left is inch, the mag on the right is metric.

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Inch mags would not fit at all. Metric mags were pretty loose and the bolt over base appeared to be from the mag hanging down too low. The front cut in the receiver looked big though....but its a century

I gave it back in any case thanks for all the help


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Ive got a century...inch mags are tight... put about 700 rds thru it...100% flawless.
Cant find fault imo...if it fires and is super accurate, everytime! Keeper :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Consider yourself lucky. Got the imbel night and day


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