This is a great resource with some great folks. Check them out before you buy as someone may have a FAL up for sale. Like everything you will get opinions from both sides. For what it is worth I LOVE my DSA FAL but my next one will probably be not be a DSA but a "build" gun. I have an SA58 para that is tricked out and painted. Was an "always wanted" purchase so a little on the pricey side but great shooting carbine. I have only had 1 dealing with DSA's customer service due to a recall and they took care of me. Good luck.