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Century Arms R1A1 Sporter Rifle .308

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Built around British "inch" parts, the R1A1 looked a whole lot like the Imbel. However, it didn't perform perfectly. There were magazine-related problems with feeding, and the bolt would not lock open after the last shot, or by cycling the bolt. Inspection revealed questionable workmanship, but not so bad as to make us reject this rifle.

Century Arms R1A1 Sporter Rifle .308

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The big safety button and the shape of the grip are the best we've seen on any FAL, being copies of the British L1A1. This rifle took both metric and inch magazines.
The carry handle was horribly loose. Originally, they had enough friction to avoid flopping. Note sand cuts in the bolt carrier, found only on British FALs.
The Brit mag on the left has a larger boss where it hooks into the action. Most Brit FALs will accept metric magazines, but not vice versa.
The most obvious difference between metric mags and British ones is the Brit (on the right) has a bigger, easily removed base. Metric mags are more common and lots cheaper.

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