Welcome to Episode 165 of Gun Guy Radio! This is the podcast that shines a positive light on the firearms lifestyle. I’m Your host Ryan Michad and this is your weekly dose of positive firearms talk, without the politics. How are you doing Weerd?
-Shot the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 and the Kahr CM9 9mm along with some AK-47 platform rifles!
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Main Topic: The FAL & The AK-47
Weerd Beard and I have been discussing for a long time what we like in rifles. Traditionally, Weerd and I are talking on Handgun Radio and because of that, we don’t talk about rifles much. If you haven’t heard my thoughts on the matter, I’m not a terribly huge fan of the AR platform. I’m not sure why that is, I know I don’t like the rifles with a bunch of stuff on them, and I’m also not a huge fan of optics. I DO like the SKS, the AK pattern guns (Particularly the AK-74) and the M-14 platform. Each of those systems have their quirks however, and they must be accounted for. Weerd is a huge fan of the FAL, and I don’t have a huge amount of experience with them. So I figured it would be a good discussion to talk about the two platforms and why we think they are cool!
The FAL: Designed in 1954, it’s really a rifle made before the “ergonomic Era” of guns. Still all the controls are in remarkably convenient locations. Safety is right above the pistol grip and is only about a 45 degree throw from safe to fire...it’s around 90 degrees from fire to full-auto...not that I’ve ever shot a full-auto FAL. Magazine Release is paddle-style just behind the mag well, and the bolt release is a small lever between the paddle and mag well. Charging handle is on the left slide, which took some getting used to as I was more familiar with bolt action rifles, and semi-autos with the handle on the right, but once you get used it it, I really think running the charging handle with your left hand while your right still maintains a firing grip
The AK-47 & AK-74:
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