Convertible .50 Beowulf FAL

Robert Harper sent The Firearm Blog photos of a convertible FAL with a 5.56mm magazine adaptor and a user-removable barrel. Included in the images are different length gas pistons and springs, presumably for the different length barrel and handguard assemblies. One of the barrels is marked “.50 BEO”. It reportedly shoots 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50 Beowulf.

More pictures:

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The Firearm Blog received no additional information on the rifle.

Thanks to Robert for the tip.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Giolli Joker

    FAL in .50 Beowulf?
    Cool, we want more! 🙂
    A good candidate for the new 45 Raptor as well…

    • Anonymoose

      I was just about to say that…

  • John Bear Ross

    Probably a “Meeper” conversion. Nice. I used to have a rifle done by Vern Smith. It was a beauty.

    • John Bear Ross

      To clarify, “Meeper” was Vern Smith’s handle on the FAL Files. Vern is a master gunsmith out of Utah who did this conversion, and many others via the Files.

      It was some beautiful, precision machining.

      5.56 NATO, 5.45×39, 7.62×39, .45 ACP, and many others were all options, along with magazine adapters.

      His contact info:

      HPF Gunsmithing
      3889 West 3000 North
      Benson,UT 84335


      • Thank you very much for publishing that. We did not receive very much information in the email about this rifle.

        • Giolli Joker

          Can you guys of TFB contact Mr Smith to find out more?
          It’s pretty interesting stuff. 😉

        • Robert Harper

          Sorry about that, I’ve been doing so muc cince I’ve got out that I forget a thing or two. When I take it to the range I’ll do a write up for you with some pictures and vids. Thanks for showing this!

          • jamezb

            can’t wait!

    • Robert Harper

      Yes it is, it had a 7.62×25 Tok kit with it, if you go to Google pictures and type in Meeper Fal and you’ll see one with four barrels, that’s the exact same gun I have, except the first owner kept the Tok kit! 🙁

  • Eric S

    The one who did this has obviously been blessed by the machine spirits. Or just a mad engineer. Either way I hope to see more.

  • Plumbump

    I want this now….. metric/inch?, and damn the RFB for using my FAL mags too!

    • Robert Harper

      LOL, It’s a meteric Gear Logo Imbel receiver. It shoots very well and it makes the .50 Beuwulf feel like shooting a .308! 🙂

  • jamezb

    Gawd! …drool…