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    I can help. What did you have in mind?

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  • Josh Montgomery

    Hey GunSkins

    I have a draft on the following topic:

    "The Differences Between an Inch Pattern Commonwealth L1A1 and Its Canadian Counterpart the C1A1 FAL", where I go in-depth to explain the main differences between the two FAL variants, including their similarities, respectively.

    I was hoping I can share it on the site going by the logic that if you shoot at a tree, and there's no one around to hear it, did your rifle make a sound after all? :)



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  • GunSkins

    That sounds interesting, possibly humorous. You can post your draft here if you wish.

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  • Josh Montgomery

    The Differences Between an Inch Pattern Commonwealth L1A1 and Its Canadian Counterpart the C1A1 FAL

    The FAL was once one of the most used battle rifles in the world. It’s since been replaced with smaller caliber, highly customizable modular weapons, like the FNC and AR-15. Even so, the FAl is still a solid, workhorse rifle.

    Since it was so widely issued, there are multiple variants of the FAL. The commonwealth L1A1 and the Canadian C1A1 are the most common. They’re both inch pattern FAL rifles. However, each variant has different features that were selected by the host country.

    The differences don’t really make one rifle significantly better than the other. But, they do provide additional convenience, at least.

    Here’s what to look for if you’re trying to identify an FAL rifle or maybe even decide which one to buy.

    Top Cover

    This is the easiest one to spot.

    The top cover of an L1A1 goes over the top of the bolt, with a rounded ejection port. On the other hand, the top cover of a C1A1 is open over the top of the bolt.

    The open top cover on the C1A1 has a stripper clip notch. And, there’s a bolt hold open. That way, the shooter can lock the bolt to the rear with an empty magazine inserted, and refill the magazine with a stripper clip.

    There’s no bolt hold open at all on an L1A1. When the magazine is empty, the shooter must pull the bolt to the rear and depress the bolt catch to lock it open. And, the magazine must always be removed to reload the rifle.

    This difference is probably the only one that might give the C1A1 an advantage over the L1A1, since it simplifies the reload procedure (a little bit) and offers an additional source of ammunition.

    But, the L1A1 variant can be modified to work as if it has a bolt hold-open. However, it’s not a stock feature.

    Rear Sights

    Some consider the C1A1 rear sight to be better than the L1A1 rear sight. However, they both work.

    However, the C1A1 rear sight adjusts for greater distances. The C1A1 rear sight is a rotating disc sight, with apertures and markings for ranges out to 800 meters. A later variant of the C1A1, the C2A1 featured a rear sight that adjusted out to 1000 meters.

    The L1A1 has a sliding rear sight. The sight slides forward and back to adjust for different ranges, and maxes out at 600 meters.

    Although some might quibble about which rear sight is better, it’s arguable that most shooters wouldn’t try an 800 yard shot without an optic, anyway. So, there may not be much practical difference.

    Trigger Guard

    The trigger guard on the C1A1 was modified to deal with the extreme cold in Canada. The C1A1 trigger guard folds into the pistol grip, leaving the trigger more accessible. This enabled Canadian soldiers to fire the rifle more easily while wearing heavy gloves.

    This makes perfect sense, since the FAL trigger guard isn’t particularly large. However, the L1A1 trigger guard is fixed, since cold weather operation wasn’t so much of a concern for the British.

    However, there are extended winter trigger guards for the FAL which make the rifle easier to shoot with gloves, without folding the trigger guard away from the trigger.

    Side by Side

    Both the L1A1 and C1A1 are very capable rifles. And, regardless of which one you have or purchase, you’re not completely limited by the base model capabilities. A L1A1 can be made to function just like a C1A1, and vise versa (if you really want to). Either way, you’ll be stoked with an FAL rifle.

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