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Alet338

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    Alet338 got a reaction from Dave in Israeli Heavy-Barrel FAL classification?   
    I appreciate the concise and reasoned response. I will respect that decision, and I will use one of my other FAL variants that fills a more standard role. As a final note, if you look up the thread a ways, I did attatch a picture of the gun in question. The benefit of the Izzy over the FALO is that it is far more visually distinct, with a permanent bipod, unique flash hider (among FALs) and a very unique handguard. The barrel is 21" long, with a inch and a half flash hider on top of that, so carrying it around is no joke. I do not personally feel that identifying it from distance would be an issue. As the closest visual counterpart is the aforementioned RPK. But, as I said, I will respect the decision, and will stick to rifleman or DMR role
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    Alet338 got a reaction from Dave in Israeli Heavy-Barrel FAL classification?   
    Actually, I am not at all opposed to rational discussion. To that end, could we talk about the differences and similarities between the RPK and HB FAL and their application, and why one would be allowed while the other would not?
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    The RPK functions identically to the AK47, however with a more rigid receiver, and heavier longer barrel to improve accuracy and reduce damage from overheating during extended fire. The barrel is not quick-change, and so necessitates controlled fire to prevent scrapping the weapon. It is employed as a force multiplier and SSW in small squads, where a belt-fed weapon would be unnecessary or impractical. Due to its identical function with the standard-issue AK47, it can be deployed with a minimum of extra training, making it more practical for larger forces with reduced training capacity or time.
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    The Israeli Heavy Barrel FAL functions identically to the common Metric-pattern FAL, and shares many components, allowing for improved serviceability with a minimum of extra training. It has a extended heavier barrel for improved accuracy and heat absorption, as well as a reinforced, Type 2 receiver to take the strain of extended automatic fire. Unfortunately, there is not much data available for the Israeli versions deployment, however, its counterparts (British FALO/Canadian C2A1/Australian L2A1) have more information available. the wikipedia page for these variants reads;
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    Also known as FALO as an abbreviation from the French Fusil Automatique Lourd; Heavy barrel for sustained fire with 30-round magazine as a squad automatic weapon; Known in Canada as the C2A1, it was their primary squad automatic weapon until it was phased out during the 1980s in favor of the C9, which has better accuracy and higher ammunition capacity than the C2; Known to the Australian Army as the L2A1, it was replaced by the FN Minimi. The L2A1 or 'heavy barrel' FAL was used by several Commonwealth nations and was found to frequently experience a failure to feed after firing two rounds from a full magazine when in automatic mode. -
    These variants were all purpose-built as SSWs, with only slight variations between them. For airsoft purposes, these differences are of course only cosmetic, so switching from one to another is merely a matter of swapping handguards and buttstock. These were of course not as widley employed as the RPK, but their purpose remains the same, and as i can guarantee that it will likely be the only one on the field, it will do nothing to break immersion. I can see no logical reason for AMS staff to disallow this weapon, but if you have a reasonable argument not rooted in unobjective opinion, i would like to hear it.  
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