Getting Pushed Around by the FN FAL

by
posted on November 3, 2014
FNFALimage.jpg

After NATO adopted the .30-caliber T65 cartridge as the 7.62 x 51 mm, almost the entire world adopted a version of the Fusil Automatique Legere as designed by Dieudione Saive of Fabrique Nationale. When I say almost, I mean just about everyone besides the United States, which tested the T48 as made by Harrington & Richardson, but choose the M14 over any FAL variant.

While filming for an FN history segment for American Rifleman Television—you can't talk about FN without including the FAL—we had a chance to fire an early full-automatic and semi-automatic version with attributes of the German G1. Watch the video below. There's a reason these rifles were supposed to by fired in semi-automatic except in emergencies. This gun, a selective-fire battle rifle in 7.62, really pushes you around in full auto. American Rifleman contributor Ken Smith-Christmas fired the rifle for the camera. And if you think the FAL is a handful to keep on target in full auto, you should try the M14 some time.

Latest

This summer, Federal Ammunition celebrated its 100th anniversary. John Zent, editor emeritus, had a chance to connect with two long-time employees and talk about their part of the journey.
This summer, Federal Ammunition celebrated its 100th anniversary. John Zent, editor emeritus, had a chance to connect with two long-time employees and talk about their part of the journey.

Federal's Big Celebration Between Friends

This summer, Federal Ammunition celebrated its 100th anniversary. John Zent, editor emeritus, had a chance to connect with two long-time employees and talk about their part of the journey.

Springfield Armory’s XD 45: The Wiley Clapp Review

Springfield’s 13-plus-one .45 ACP XD may prove to be the most popular offering in the company’s evolutionary polymer pistol line.

Preview: Black Ops | The Life Of A CIA Shadow Warrior

After finding himself in the middle of a firefight at the age of seven, Enrique “Ric” Prado and his middle-class family fled the horrors of the Cuban Revolution with the hope of finding a better life in America.

Review: Taurus G3X Hybrid

Combining the compact slide of the G3c with the capacity of the G3, the Taurus Taurus G3X Hybrid offers the grip feel of a full-size gun blended with a subcompact slide-and-barrel assembly.

NRA Gun Of The Week: IWI Masada Slim

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week with a trimmed-down variant of IWI's striker-fired Masada duty pistol.

The Armed Citizen® Sept. 30, 2022

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.