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Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:52 am
by Tommy Atkins
Hows THIS for an anomaly? A metric/Inch hybrid 30-round FAL magazine, & not from South Africa!
Indian 7.62mm Bren mag, but with a Metric locking catch!
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Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:45 pm
by Cattus Borealis
Cool!

It makes a lot of sense...the Indians acquired the FAL in an interesting manner.

They reverse engineered it after trials, accusing FN of bribery (and thus backing out of the order) and threw in British features in the revised design. R. Blake Stevens' book on the FAL has the full story.

There is a reason why various foreign weapons companies don't do business with India.

How did you acquire the Magazine?

Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:24 am
by Tommy Atkins
I found it at a gun show.
The interesting thing is its metric locking catch.
Both the .303 & the 7.62mm Indian Brens were inch pattern.

Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:26 pm
by Ghoulardi
can you please show the locking catch.

Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:31 pm
by Tommy Atkins
Its shown in the pictures above already. Here's a different angle on it.
What are you needing & I'll take something for you? Are you looking for a sign of the original inch tab being ground off? It'll be hard to tell with this one, the body is not a one piece folded round a mandrel as most are but 2 1/2 clam-shells with a weld seam running up the middle of tjhe front & rear walls! The grinding of the "Finish" is crude at best.

Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:52 pm
by Tommy Atkins
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Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:08 am
by Ghoulardi
yes, that is what I was looking for; to see if they took off the inch locking tab.

Re: Curiouser & curiouser, said Alice! (FAL mags)

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:03 am
by Tommy Atkins
So whats your conclusion?