- May 21, 2016
It's easy peasy to convert older fixed stock FALs to 'PARA' ones, just requires replacement of plain top cover with para-style one having recoil spring guide rod on it and some minor tweaks in bolt carrier (with removal of that link and drilling a cylindrical cut for recoil spring etc)This particular configuration, we can't. The SLRs we have/had are not the Para-FAL variant (with foldable stock, with the spring assembly tucked into the receiver itself). We have the traditional SLR/FAL with the spring jutting out way into the stock:
So no folding stocks for us. Though I've seen one prototype OFB-made folding stock SLR in a video of Ishapore museum. Likely they experimented with the concept, and perhaps made a handful (like the full-auto 1C SLR) but it never saw any widespread production or use, not even as much as the 1C SLR did.
Either way, a modernized SLR would have been a great way forward - IF we had no other choice. When you're adding brand spanking new AR-10s like the 716 to the armoury, wasting any amount of money in procuring upgrade kits for some old, poorly-made SLRs is bonkers. Might as well spend that money for procuring optics, grips etc. for the 716s we're already buying.
DS Arms themselves sell 'kits' for PARA conversion having ready-made parts for it.