DSA’s FAL Manufacturing Video

A little more than a year ago, DSA posted this manufacturing video to their YouTube page. While it’s more geared towards marketing and doesn’t cover the topic as thoroughly as I’d like, viewers can still see a few items of interest, such as before-and-after photos of the forgings and castings that end up as finished components in an FAL.

It’s clear DSA has automated the FAL-building process considerably vs. how the rifles were originally intended to be manufactured. With today’s higher value of skilled labor, this is essential to affordable production of firearms components.

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 nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • dp

    Too much door slamming… can you still hear?

  • Raoul Duke

    I was going to post a thoughtful statement on the compromises involved with the various industrial processes shown in the video, and say what I thought about the total number of machining processes and centers involved, but instead, I decided I’d just bitch about the sound track, like the guy below me.

  • ed

    Produced over a year ago… how is this news? Ah, just kidding. Was kinda concerned about the need for fewer workers, as that means fewer jobs, but that’s the price we pay to remain competitive. Better to keep the jobs here than allow them to be outsourced, IMHO.

  • James Kachman

    What a cool video. Don’t know much about the actual processes, but I own one of their rifles, and it works. The wall of FALs was enticing, though.

  • moreno0311

    I’m a fan of my ds arms fal no issues in the year since I bought it, I have roughly 500 plus rounds through it. The video of the torture test is pretty solid btw.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Are their receivers forged or cast? What about original FAL receivers?