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L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle
The FN FAL, or L1A1 as used by the British, in Lego form with winter furniture.
About this creation
The FAL rifle was originally developed in Belgium by FN and chambered for the 7mm or "British .280" intermediate cartridge. However, when it was decided that the NATO standard rifle round would be the 7.62x51mm, the gun was easily converted to that calibre. The same could not be said for the Enfield EM2, and Britain, left without an indigenous weapon, adopted the FN FAL as their Rifle, Self-Loading, L1A1, and manufactured it to imperial measurements. The first L1A1 rifles had wood furniture, and some trials models even used outdated clip loading as in the famous Garand, but most of the rifles had black plastic furniture and a detachable 20-round box magazine. It should also be noted that Britain removed the fully automatic mode of fire, because the 7.62 NATO cartridge was too powerful to be controlled in that mode with such a light shoulder weapon.
Picture of a couple FN FAL rifles.

My model of the L1A1 rifle is distinctly different in several ways, but I'll just list the intentional ones. Obviously, the furniture is different. I felt that the L1A1 would look very good with winter, white furniture, and built it that way. Saving black parts didn't factor in this choice, but after building it I honestly don't think I would have had enough black anyway. The white does show the vents in the handguard nicely. The other, less noticable feature I changed is the FAL rifle's carrying handle, which I don't really like. I did build one as an optional feature, but it isn't in any of the pictures.

My nonfiring models have all been low on features. While the L1A1/FN FAL follows this pattern, I did add in some decent sights, sling swivels, and a movable charging handle. Tell me what you think.

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   Left side view of the rifle. I didn't know what to take the pictures on, so I just used this orange sheet.



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   Left side looking down. Notice the sling swivels on the stock and barrel.



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   Same, but on the right this time. Right and left sides are identical except in the ejection port and charging handle.



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   Here is the right side, you should be able to see the ejection port, which I will come to in a few pictures.



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   These are my favorite sights of my nonfiring guns so far. Rear aperture is a 1x1 SNOT brick, with a square hole on one side and a stud with a hole in it on the other. Square side is torwards the shooter. Front sight post is a 1x2 plate with a thin bar coming out to the front a bit, then turning up. I do not know the correct names for these parts.



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   I am still not especially good at making triggers and trigger guards. I'd like som suggestions on those assemblies.



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   The ejection port. It's made the same way I always make ejection ports, just a opening in the receiver one stud deep.



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   However, this one actually is showing through to a moving bolt, instead of a solid brick.



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   The charging handle is a simple thing, just a 2x2 cylinder attached to the bolt.



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   Me pulling it back; the ejection port is the hole on the other side. I don't like that the track the bolt slides in is this tall, because it just leave this huge hole in on end and out the other when opened. I haven't been able to slim it down though, because of it's attachment to the bolt piece. Keep in mind, this gun does not fire.



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   The magazine. I would like to make one that slides out, but for the 7.62 cartridge I felt that it should be wider. Perhaps in a submachine gun or pistol sometime.



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   A rather boring picture, this is just the flashhider. Nothing special here, but who knows, there could be people who obsess over such things.



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   I like this feature a lot: it's the fire selector switch. Because the British L1A1 only has semi-auto, there are only two positions for it.



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   The other position. I confess, I have not found a resource that can tell me which position is which mode of fire, but I would guess that this is safe, and the other semi-automatic. The selector switch makes a nice satisfying click when it changes position.



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   Top view. Not much interesting here.



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   Front sling swivel. This is one of the weak points on the rifle.



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   And the rear swivel. Also a weak point, but less so than the front.



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   Left side of the reciever and foregrip, and cat.



Comments

 I like it 
  December 5, 2011
Mhh, i like your cat. Just kidding, THIS IS THE FREAKIN COOLEST L1A1 RIFLE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN LEGOS!!!!! This gets a 20 out of 5
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  August 21, 2011
i like ur cat, lol
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  July 13, 2010
Very nice! Seriously, this is one of the most well shaped guns I've seen. Take a look at my guns, if you want! -Jan
Robert P.
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  December 13, 2009
your is great how ever yours looks like the Brazilian IMBEL LAR rather then that L1A1 http://world.guns.ru/assault/as24f-e.htm scroll down and you'll see the difference
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  July 13, 2009
how did you make that cat at the end? lol, good creation
Robert P.
Travis H
  March 5, 2009
I like the cat, I love cats. Otherwise, good rifle, but I think that the handle is a little slanty, check out mine for an example, though the rest of my rifles aren't as good as this one. For the barrel, maybe a 2x2 circular brick would look more barrelish, again check out mine for an example. Oh, by the way, to Harry under me, the L1A1 SLR is not the bullpup l85 (SA80) which you may be mistaking it for. This looks EXACTLY like an FN FAL. Go on Google images or something and type in FN FAL and you will get many pictures of that gun. I happen to know quite a bit about gun recognition. To close this comment, the L1A1 SLR (FN FAL) is made by the BELGIAN company, Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN) who also made the much newer FN SCAR and FN MINIMI. (M249 SAW)
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  December 21, 2007
i think it's good and good make a little better bolt when you pull it back you can see the hole way to the outside of the gun infact that the fn fal is ugly you make it look nice =]
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  November 23, 2006
Will you make the Bullpup version? Update: Sorry, this was before I knew what the FN Fal was, I mistaked this as an SA80. Anyway, its great, but will you make it in grey and brown?
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  April 2, 2006
Frightningly realistic.
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  February 27, 2006
[+] overall shape and scale. [+] colors are well done. [+] the buttstock: I love it. [+] angled pistol grip. [+] forehand grip looks cool. [-] forehand grip looks too short. [-] magazine: doesn't slide in {make the holder 6 studs wide like in my Arctic Warfare Magnum}. [-] the magazine is too short {decrease length and/or increase height of magazine, then increase height of pistol grip to justify the scale}. [+/-] trigger guard: I like the idea but I've found that 2x2 plates are nice for creating the curvy parts of the guard. >>COMING SOON to PythagoreanLEGO: Heckler and Koch MP5 A5 complete with retractable stock, Navy pistol grip, magazine release mechanism, and of course, it'll shoot something.<< Overall: 4 out of 5
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  February 27, 2006
One of the best rifles i've seen, and so accurately detailed, i like how the sights are so simple, i know just the piece you are talking about, by the way, what a coincidence, i just finiched making my own british gun, the Lee-Enfield, i'll e-mail you a photo, also, could you please e-mail me some info for the Enfield, i'll give 100% credit of course, lastly, all the info included should make this gun worthy of 6 smileys at least :) :) :) :) :) :)
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  February 26, 2006
wow this is awesome hey check out my mocs
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  February 26, 2006
I saw this on B-Shelf today and it blew me away! (hahaha....blew me away...) Anyways, this is a great rifle, it looks really nice. And guy below me, it does resemble the one in Nightfire, althought they call it the SGS. But then the AIMS in that game is the OICW in real life. Again, I congratulate you on this work of art!
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  February 26, 2006
Aw THIS. IS. SWEET.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell me something though.....is this gun used in james bond nightfire????
 
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