Any suggestions on a new dust cover / scope mount for my DS Arms SA58 FN/FAL?
When I bought my rifle, I got just the standard SA58 with no bells or whistles. As deer season draws closer, its getting time to get a scope mounted on the rifle.
There are several options out on the market, so I would like some input as to which dust cover to get. I would like to continue to use the carry handle, so one guy told me I needed to get the short cover.
The scope I am looking at is a Nikon 3-9X40. Most of my shots will be less then 100 yards.
i have the DSA mount on two of my rifles and it is well worth the money, but i am looking more at a Nikon Monarch Safari 1-4x with the German reticule for an optic. it offers plenty of eye relief. just be sure to use Loctite on the scope mount screws and tighten them down evenly and after you are done, work the bolt back and forth a few times to check for binding.And remember the Fal is a battle rifle, not a sniper rifle. Do not be unhappy if you can not get a half- inch group at 100 yards.
For 100yd shots, a straight-tube 1-4x is really all you need, plus (IMO) they look better on the FAL than something with a big objective bell, plus they weigh less than the big scopes, so there's less inertia trying to move your scope mount every time the rifle recoils. And you can use low rings, which improves rifle balance and helps you get a consistent cheekweld and further reduces the torque on your mount.
A straight tube scope with good glass (like the Nikon) is as bright (or brighter) than a cheaper scope with a huge objective. Wonderdog's Nikon Safari would be an awesome FAL scope; for now, mine wears a plain ol' Weaver K-3, which is perfectly suitable for the FAL.
One suggestion, but it's probably too late, skip the variable power scopes on the FAL.
A good fixed power 2.5, 4 or 6 power are much better choices.
The FAL doesn't have the reputation for eating scopes that and M1A does but if the scope isn't built for the double slap of the action, it will beat itself to death and quickly.
My FAL has had an old Weaver K2.5 on top for years and it's a very good choice if one can be found. They are known for their use on heavy recoiling rifles.
Personally I find the carry handle useless. With a good sling, which you should have anyway, the carry handle is not needed. Also, it limits options for optics and placement.
As for a mount, I like the DSA top cover, I have several and they work great. Another option is a claw type mount if you can find them, the Hensoldt types come to mind. I have a Trilux with the matching top cover as well, only 2x but works well enough.
Hi Kevin. If You're not sick of your DSA mount yet, I'm surprised. I had one mounted but getting in on and off a few times, and breaking a screw or two, I got tired of it. ARMS make one that's a little more expensive but in a different league with quality. The ARMS version does not exceed the width of the lower receiver, has full length metal slides that are riveted in place and is better built. You can, with a little effort, as it's tight, remove and replace all day long and it holds zero with no chance of breaking a screw, as there are none. I love mine.