I purchased a SA58TACP SA58 FAL PARA Tactical Carbine .308 Cal.
on Saturday it has these options:
16.25" Fluted Medium Contour Barrel with Threaded A2 Flashider
Shortened Gas System w/ Short Military Grade Handguard
FAL A2 Hampton Lower With Integral M16A2 Sight System
SA58/FAL LOP Side Folding 5 Position Adjustable SOCOM Stock
SAW pistol grip
I was excited to get to the range and see how it shot. I just got back after firing 80 rounds of Winchester 147gr USA 3081 and 40 rounds of surplus Pakistan ball from the 1980s.
I paced off 25 yards and settled down to break in the barrel and get the sights on target all at the same time.
I had set the windage to mech zero 84/42 clicks, and I bottomed out the elevation and then removed the rear sight and adjusted the turret with an allen wrench to enable going to 8/3 minus 2.
Fired the first shot at a 1" piece of tape at 25yards and I couldn't stop grinning. 1.5" high and dead center!
The gas was on 7 and the bolt locked back.
Ran the patch after each shot and fired a 5 shot group. I was hitting slightly high and a little left MPI. Shot another 5 cleaning the bore after each shot with copper cleaner as directed by DSA for the Badger Barrel.
Finished the second 10 cleaning every 2 rounds.
Then I loaded a couple of mags and tweaked the gas to 4.5 for nice positive ejection, I may be able to drop it back a notch or two as the round count goes up.
Once the gas was set the rifle fed and ejected perfectly with all the 4 20 round mags I had with me regardless of Winchester or Paki ammo.
Moved to the 100 yard line and fired 20 rounds at an 8" target.
I was still a little up and left but I had 4 out of 5 in the black, so I tweaked the sights and ended up with the front sight UP a total of 27 clicks and the rear RIGHT a total of 7.
I was right on with a 6 o'clock hold, the hardware works perfect!
My group needs a little work, but on the 100 yrd line I was shooting the 1980s production Paki stuff, so maybe it will tighten up with a newer production lot.
The DSA Para was very tight (which I prefer) and I spent a snowy Sunday cleaning, lubing, and running the bolt. The Para is now tight and smooth.
120 rounds fired without incident.
The sights where some of the closest I have had for any rifle POA/POI from factory mechanical zero. 5 minutes of tweaking and I was good to go for head shots at 100yds.
The A2 rear sights absolutely rocks and is a vast improvement over the L1A1 rear I am used to on my New Zealand L1A1s (I am a native Kiwi living in the states).
The LOP 5 position adjustable stock is worth every penny and then some. The recoil pad is phenomenal and the foam check piece is perfect.
I like a shorter stock and run it on position 2 from the shortest.
Overall I am 100% satisfied with the carbine!
Here are some pics of the Para
I will follow up in this thread when I get the chance to put another couple of hundred rounds through it.