DSA Continues South America FAL Modernization Potential

    DS Arms, Inc. was present at SITDEF 2017 this year with a number of the companies FAL modernization upgrades, continuing to offer their legacy upgrade packages to various South American Military/LE forces that are still armed with FN FALs or Brazilian Imbel license made versions. Although there were a number of DSA rifles on display, the company president Dave Selvaggio specifically showed the upgrades of what appears to the companies U.S. civilian legal 7.62x51mm NATO SA58 Compact Tactical Carbine (CTC), except in a tan finish for the show. The CTC version introduces Magpul front and rear sights, a folding DS Arms Para Stock (very similar to KDG’s SCAR stock), an upgraded upper receiver that incorporates modern aluminum construction and traditional picatinny rail options in addition to a number of other upgraded features.

    DS Arms, Inc. has a history of participating in South America to attend to the modernization of what remaining FALs there are in use throughout the continent. This video from 2013 clearly demonstrates that interest on the part of the company. However, with the replacement of these 7.62x51mm NATO systems by numerous 5.56x45mm NATO designs, it appears that DS Arms might actually be more interested in non-FAL related ventures such as acting as a dealer or supplier for various other small arms to numerous Military/LE entities. The Spanish article linked to earlier clearly stated that DS Arms might supply their ZM-4 carbines to countries within South America.


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