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 Post subject: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
New postPosted: March 1st, 2013, 8:52 am 
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Before I buy it. Not a FAL expert. How do I tell if it is a "good" one or not, type receiver etc? It's pretty cheap

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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It better not be the receiver I'm picking up tomorrow. I got dibs!!! [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif]

Here's a good tutorial on them, though, from Gunplumber.

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Didn't see the link. I't a whole gun assembled by Century I know it can be hit or miss but the price is right. Just need some edjumicating


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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In this market if you can get it for less than $850 I suggest just asking him to meet at the range for function verification.

In the long run I would rather pay someones range entry fee and the cost of some ammo to know for sure there are not any issues.

Century rifles are a roll of the dice when it comes to reliability.

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Some CAI Fals are okay, many aren't, you'll have alot of frustration if you get stuck with a bad one.
Rifles with Century made receivers are supposed to be especially trouble prone, some older Centurys have imported receivers


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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The early Type 3 receivers were actually IMBEL receivers and are great. The suspect receivers were the cast Type 3 versions, which had a "unibrow" feed cut, rather than dual scalloped cuts. Newer Type 1 cast receivers are made on the old Coonan molds formerly used by Vulcan and Hesse, and have decent proportions and dimensions. To tell the difference between the "unibrow" Type3 and the older IMBEL Type3, look at the text area on the right side, on the mag flange. The cast ones with "unibrow" feed cut will have a trapezoidal relief on the right side on the mag flange with the CAI R1A1 text and data in it. The IMBEL-made older Type 3 will have nothing in that location, and will say made in Brazil and IMBEL on it somewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Good info, thanks. I did look at feed ramps and it was double cut. I'm sure I can take it to range. Don't remember where it was made , hopefully an imbel


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FWIW, Century gets a lot of hate on most forums, but i have personally owned a number of century firearms and most of them have been decent. You just gottta know what to look for. Just one mans opinion.
Seems like most stories are "i heard of" or "a buddy says"....
They are far from the "cadillac" of firearms, but i enjoy shooting mine.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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headspace gauges and an extractor tool helpful too. Most FAL issues I've come up on resulted from incorrect locking shoulder selection.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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Indeed. Those locking shoulder gauges are rare as hen's teeth, though.

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So if you take the susupect to the range how many rounds would you have to fire before you are happy it works? If you have a problem is it very intermittant or constant?


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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A mag or two should be fine. If there is a feedramp or headspace issue you will see it act up pretty quick.

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I'm sure you know, but just in case...make sure the gas adjustment is correct. If not, even the best rifle will have issues.

If you get it cheap enough, the parts kit without the receiver should be worth the price you pay (assuming it is a metric kit). You can always pick up another receiver and build it up again.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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OK taking it to the range. What is the proper gas setting? Or just figure it out? How can you tell if it is metric or inch? Need mo' mags.


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 Post subject: Re: Got a deal on a century R1A1. What should I look for
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OK it is a non imbel, looks like the type 3, but has scallopped feed ramps, NOT uni-brow. That is a good thing I hope?




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The early Type 3 receivers were actually IMBEL receivers and are great. The suspect receivers were the cast Type 3 versions, which had a "unibrow" feed cut, rather than dual scalloped cuts. Newer Type 1 cast receivers are made on the old Coonan molds formerly used by Vulcan and Hesse, and have decent proportions and dimensions. To tell the difference between the "unibrow" Type3 and the older IMBEL Type3, look at the text area on the right side, on the mag flange. The cast ones with "unibrow" feed cut will have a trapezoidal relief on the right side on the mag flange with the CAI R1A1 text and data in it. The IMBEL-made older Type 3 will have nothing in that location, and will say made in Brazil and IMBEL on it somewhere.

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