Belgian Gendarmerie FAL Parts Kits from FN America
Belgian Gendarmerie FAL Parts Kits from FN America
Someone digging through the warehouses an FN in Herstal found 400 FAL rifles turned in by the Belgian Gendarmerie when they upgraded to newer arms…and they decided to send them to the US as parts kits. So FN America has these 400 kits now, and they are selling them off via lottery (free entry for a chance to purchase a kit). This is done to prevent them all from being bought up by speculators to flip on GunBroker, and I am happy FN chose to do it…check out FN America’s web site for full details.
It has been a long time since actual Belgian military FAL kits were available here, and I think it’s pretty cool to get a shipment of Gendarmerie ones. The kits are complete less the upper receiver, barrel, muzzle device, gas piston, and magazine. The Gendarmerie used the same rifles as the Belgian Army – M1 and M2 pattern FALs (the M5 is a separate specialized rifle used by the Gendarmerie for launching tear gas, which we will cover later). These kits are from M2 pattern rifles, and have some cosmetic wear and little mechanical wear – they were carried a lot and fired rarely.
In the next few months I’ll be having this kit built into a complete rifle, and we’ll have a closer look at the original military pattern of the FAL…
Disclosure: FN America gave me the kit.
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Ive got the blueprints on the receiver. Do you need these?
Would have been nice to see FN sell some to us Belgian gun owners
What is the correct muzzle device for these?
we should be able to buy full auto FAL’s on Amazon
i would pay good money to seee a bunch of coppers bayonet charging a suspect. usual lethal force rules apply, i’m talking armed nutter threatening the public or an individual, not someone who’s committed minor offences, but imagine some london road men mid knife fight coming face to face with ex squaddies with ptsd running at them screaming ‘EN GARDE’ holding a bayonetted fal .
Anyone have an idea who he’s talking about with new barrels and upper receivers possibly being produced?
Who sells locking shoulders?
Interesting. I guess I’m a lucky winner then as I got an email from FN telling me I had won the right to buy one.
These FAL’s are the later production Type 3 variation. The correct receiver to build this parts kit is a Type 3 receiver.
imagine converting it to full-auto
It FAL appart🤣
Hope you finish this rifle id like to see this in action
FN: who wants a SCAR-H?
Community: ehh, sure.
FN: okay, who wants an FAL?
Community: _SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR DAMN MONEY!!!_
I just got my kit today and I am PUMPED to get this bad boy built
If they’re selling this as something that your audience should consider buying, and is incomplete, can you suggest a complimentary package if they are offering it, to complete the firearm? Or is it best/usual to acquire that from available parts here?
I’m counting 12 parts in the kit, but Ian said that the assembly of the rifle could not be done with more than 10 foreign made parts.
Do some of the parts I counted combine and be counted as 1 part or are some of the parts made in the US?
Do a video where you tear gas yourself with an original Belgian M5.
The Gendarmerie got its name poinring out their historical function.. les "gens" (people) "d’armes" (with weapons). It’s French.
Such an iconic weapon, I am glad FN America has done it as a raffle. Enjoy yours for us who can’t.
Ian, respectfully, your kit is a type 3, not a type 1. All of these kits aren’t the same type. I have seen type 3 and type 2 so far.
was anything ever announced regarding barrels and receivers? I just received my email and purchased 🙂
In the Belgian navy we used these to shoot our lines across to the supplying ship (fe when refuelling at see) standard army rifle was FNC.
And the Belgian gun owners get nothing. As usual from FN… They ship it to the US or they melt it down. But God forbid to put it on the legal Belgian gun market!
Mine arrived today.
Hope slippery Tim doesn’t get these kits from military arms channel. Hahaha
I got one! Just ordered it. 😀
Hi Ian, i really become very envious when i see these types of videos when you guys get to be able to buy these kits. In our Socialist State of South Africa where we have to jump through hoops of fire just to own a LEGAL firearm, we just cannot have this. Saw in the comments below about the synthetic stock, we of course had them on our R1/FN rifles and now we would walk on fire to find a wooden original Belgian stock and foregrip. Thanks for your videos mate, they are phenomenal.
No barrel, no care.
I love the idea of a parts kit, but I hate that the rifles had to be destroyed.
Hey I just purchased one of the parts kits. Will you be doing a video on how you eventually put it together and a follow up on where you got the extra parts. I will be looking into DSA but if there is a better option then might go that way. Thanks
It would be amazing if Ammochannel picked up one of these and did a rebuild.
Is there no selector included? Yours seems to be missing
Not really a proper parts kit if the barrel, muzzle device, gas piston, and magazine are missing.
Way back.. 1980’s. You could get a FAL or an SAR for less than a grand!
Man, 922r sounds like a fix, like it’s just the ATF bullying people who choose to buy cheaper, imported disassembled guns over (potentially) more expensive, domestic assembled guns. "You can’t use foreign magazines because–well, you just can’t! Buy some from a domestic retailer for an inflated price, why don’t you, or we’ll [redacted] your dog!" It sounds like a fix because whether domestic or foreign, the part is the part and it still allows the gun to fire and function–but now there’s control about where the money goes, albeit a portion.
This is a sad and happy thing too. Sad, because it has to cut down, technically destroy a historical rifle, and the importation shows the European rifle market’s very sad status.
But on the other hand it’s good, because these rifles aren’t destroyed entirely but shipped to a more gun friendly continent.
Bet MAC is all pissy he can’t buy up all of the kits and resell them….
On scaplers: yeah, i know that pain. Been looking for a Flux Raider. Flux says "we dont sell to people who resell them" meanwhile gunbroker is full of them for double the factory price.
I wish they would have left the barrel.
I wish I never sold my SA kit…
And there’s me 🤔this was a how to video 🎉on your new f.a.l…. I want one for Christmas 😢
It FAL apart.
Just put my order in! I didn’t think I’d actually get a code – can’t wait to see it!
It looks like a Type 3 kit. I think you said Type 1 receiver was needed.
Just got mine today.
Can not wait to get it together.
7:50. Has anything been put together in tye way of an upper/ barrel/etc package?
Looking at DSA"s web site, I see there are 5 different locking shoulders available. Is that something the gunsmith will need to determine, or do they vary based on the ammo intended to be used? If the latter, which is for 7.62 NATO?
The raffles is something we really like in Belgium. There is a monk brewery that makes one of the best beers in the world (Westvleteren Abt 12; look it up if you are interested in beer) and they sell their six-packs also per raffle and only one per person. No buying in mass and selling it more expensive later. Everybody equal. Beer and FALs ; so typical Belgium.
Looks like it just…FAL apart does it not ?
Very cool – just entered the raffle.
I think they are testing the Market, that’s why they released them. New Production FN FALs soon?