FAL Clones


The FAL or Fusil Automatique Leger series of weapons is with, with the H&K, AK, and M-16, one of the 4 families of weapons that equip a majority of the world's armies.   The FAL has been used by some 90 armies including:  Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Rhodesia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, and West Germany.  Though a Belgian design, it has been licensed produced in large numbers by Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, South Africa, and the UK.  Commercial versions are produced in the US by several companies, including DSA and Century Arms.

It is no wonder the FAL is often referred to as the Free World's Battle Rifle.  The FAL has seen more use and serverd in more militaries than any other modern military rifle besides the AK-47.  In fact in the Falklands and Indo-Pakistan Wars, the FAL was used by both sides.

The FAL is typically chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO (.308") caliber.  The FAL was manufactured to both English (Inch Pattern) and Metric units of measurement, so there are two complete families of the FAL where parts are concerned.  Another unusual feature of the FAL was that the Inch pattern L1A1 was actually manufactured as a semi-automatic rifle, instead of a fully automatic rifel for its British Commonwealth users (Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK).

The FAL has a reputation for being dependable, accurate, and hard hitting, with the 7.62x51mm NATO round having equivalent balistics to most WW II bolt action rifles.   It has been on the worlds battlefields since the 1950s and will probably still be around in considerable numbers into the 2050s.


Century Arms L1A1 (Inch Pattern) FAL.

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