Yes they exist.
Originally Posted by marcclarke
Would you want one ? - Depends. 1 or 2 wouldn't hurt.
They were made for the LMG ( heavy barrel,) type FAL which has a bipod fitted.
Most people would find them too long to use in a prone position. - But if that position is not likely to be adopted, then you get 10 more rounds before a magazine change.
Of course, if one goes to prone before any shooting has started, you can always change to a 20 rd mag.
I believe most FAL LMGs were metric.
The inch FALs used by the British commonwealth were accompanied by the re-barrelled Bren.
The 30 round Bren magazine will fit an inch FAL, and viz versa. - But beware ! - The Bren mag has a weaker spring than a proper 30 rd FAL mag, because as we all know, it feeds downwards.
We were warned NOT to use Bren mags on our FALS.
I am sure that proper 30 rd ( with correct spring tension etc,) mags were made for inch FALs but have never had one issued.
The Australian SAS made use of 30 rounders on their short barrelled FALs in Vietnam.
On patrols in South Armagh, when carring an AR, I liked to fit a Sterling 40 round magazine. - It was made of steel, and fitted both an AR15 or AR18.
But when we stopped to 'lie up' etc, I switched it for a 20 round, to make better use of a low profile whilst in prone.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by Anthony; 03-14-2006 at 12:49 PM.
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