Yep it was the Gas Block. Turns out the longitudinal cut goes on the TOP face of the gas block. Also using the page I linked above it only took me about 5 rounds to get the gas regulator set to a good level, and given that I was using South African 7.62x51mm NATO ammo which is a little on the light side I suspect the setting I have (which as the page recommends is two clicks more of gas pressure than is necessary) this will likely be a near universal setting (tho it can be dialed in for other loads as needed)
The gun shoots well, I was surprised at how comfortable the recoil was, also tinkering in the armory I thought the stock trigger felt a bit heavy, but gun-in-hand it felt crisp and nice, we’ll see if I continue to feel that way.
Also the gun is quite accurate….but the sights are off. The rear sight block runs on a little ladder like the tangent sights on a lot of guns…but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to unlock them to adjust them. Any Help?
Oh and on a gunnie fun note, I talked with a few guys on the firing line. One was a relatively new shooter with an H&K USP Compact in .40 S&W. Not a bad gun, but my opinion of H&K and .40 S&W are unchanged. Another gentleman was practicing for his instructor’s test and he had with him a S&W 1911 Compact and that gun was a dream to shoot. 100% reliable (The guy said it only gave him issues for the first 150 rounds, which sounds like standard break-in) and the recoil didn’t feel too much worse than my Scandium Commander. Also those rough textured grips are ugly as sin, but they supply an aggressive grip that is still comfortable to hold. Don’t think I’ll be buying one as I conceal my 1911Sc just fine, and I’d rather spend my money getting this FAL tweaked just the way I want it.