Dieudonne Saive of Fabrique Nationale, the Fusil Automatique Leger (FAL) is an
much improved design upon the earlier
FN 49 rifle.
One of the most rugged and easy battle rifles to maintain and
operate. During its height it was carried by over 90+ countries and
manufactured by more than 10.
Chambered by FN in 7.62x51 NATO to
attract American sales. Was almost adopted by the U.S. in the
mid 1950s where it was only marginally displaced in competition by
the rifle now known as the M14.
is found in two different patterns: Metric and Inch.
many designations including: Canada: C1
(inch), Great Britain: L1A1
(inch), Austria: StG58
(shown above) (metric), and West Germany:
to name just a few.