FN-FAL Gun Review

FN-FAL or Fabrique Nationale de Herstal-Fusil Automatique Léger is a time tested rifle as its adoption and production continues to this day.

Performance

The first FN-FAL was developed in the late 40s and its first use was during the early 50s. The FN-FAL was developed during the Cold War and since then, the rifle has been used in various wars. It's currently licensed to be used in more than 90 countries around the world for military use. The gun's other moniker is "right arm of the Free World." This moniker was given since most adopters of the gun are western countries.

Features

The mere fact that FN-FAL is still in product after 50 years since its first use is a testimony of its usefulness in the battlefield. It's a highly accurate firearm as its efficiency is at 600 meters. In military use, the FN-FAL uses the 7.62x51mm NATO while gun enthusiasts use .308 cartridges. The rifle is usually fitted with a 20-30 round magazine. Based on the cartridge, the FN-FAL is highly lethal and its affectivity is very impressive. The accuracy of FN-FAL is based on its velocity as well as barrel length. At 21-inch, the barrel is more than enough to control the aim. The rifle is also fitted with rear and front sight for improved sighting.

Appeal

The common complaints about FN-FAL is that its gas powered. Another complaint is that FN-FAL is actually on the heavy side. Both of these disadvantages are actually true but they are just small sacrifices for a highly efficient rifle. These disadvantages is experienced because most likely due to its cartridge. A .308 cartridge is not an easy cartridge to use as they can have very powerful recoil that only an experienced gun user should handle. The weight was also implemented in order to control the cartridge. But the weight is not actually that bad as they provide the stability and balance you need when firing the FN-FAL.

Summary

Headline: 

FN-FAL or Fabrique Nationale de Herstal-Fusil Automatique Léger is a time tested rifle as its adoption and production continues to this day.

Performance Rating: 
8.5
Performance: 

The first FN-FAL was developed in the late 40s and its first use was during the early 50s. The FN-FAL was developed during the Cold War and since then, the rifle has been used in various wars. It's currently licensed to be used in more than 90 countries around the world for military use. The gun's other moniker is "right arm of the Free World." This moniker was given since most adopters of the gun are western countries.

Features Rating: 
8.5
Features: 

The mere fact that FN-FAL is still in product after 50 years since its first use is a testimony of its usefulness in the battlefield. It's a highly accurate firearm as its efficiency is at 600 meters. In military use, the FN-FAL uses the 7.62x51mm NATO while gun enthusiasts use .308 cartridges. The rifle is usually fitted with a 20-30 round magazine. Based on the cartridge, the FN-FAL is highly lethal and its affectivity is very impressive. The accuracy of FN-FAL is based on its velocity as well as barrel length. At 21-inch, the barrel is more than enough to control the aim. The rifle is also fitted with rear and front sight for improved sighting.

Appeal Rating: 
8.5
Appeal: 

The common complaints about FN-FAL is that its gas powered. Another complaint is that FN-FAL is actually on the heavy side. Both of these disadvantages are actually true but they are just small sacrifices for a highly efficient rifle. These disadvantages is experienced because most likely due to its cartridge. A .308 cartridge is not an easy cartridge to use as they can have very powerful recoil that only an experienced gun user should handle. The weight was also implemented in order to control the cartridge. But the weight is not actually that bad as they provide the stability and balance you need when firing the FN-FAL.

Overall Rating: 
8.90

It's also worth noting that FN-FAL is very popular not only as a military rifle but also as a civilian rifle. Many gun enthusiasts have been working on their own form of FN-FAL as they locate certain parts of the rifle and build them as a hobby. This was referred to as "zombie rifles" as they used to be pieces of other FN-FALs. There are also US-based manufacturers around the country that have made the name for themselves because of their specialization on FN-FALs.

The FN-FAL doesn't even fail in the aesthetic and ergonomics category. When it comes to looks, the FN-FAL always come with smooth finish. Many FN-FALs in the US comes in black or with camouflage finish. The latter color might not be desirable for concealment but with this size of gun, you really can't conceal anything. The gun even has the iconic handle. When it comes to ergonomics, the gun is easy to hold. The safety controls can be easily reached by the thumb while the automatic will require users to fully turn the lever which will require another hand.

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5 years 20 weeks ago, 1:31 PM

AZEX

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who?

Wrote this crap?

The FAL is head and shoulders above it's nearest European counterpart, the G3 in all areas, accuracy, user friendliness, ergonomics.

The G3 is "modular" yay.

The "Big 3" .308/7.62 battle rifles: The M14, The FAL and the G3 have their strengths and weaknesses.

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4 years 5 days ago, 8:28 PM

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FAL

AZEX wrote:
Who? Wrote this crap?

D.

That sounds like my very first comment on this forum haha, it had something to do with my beloved AK getting talked down on. I threw a hissy fit, probably made some bad first impressions, but i tell ya i felt better afterwards. nobody talks bad about the AK except me, got it! haha.

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