First introduced in 1946 by Belgian armaments manufacturer Fabrique Nationale, the Fusil Automatique Léger (Light Automatic Rifle), or FAL, has been used by military or police forces in more than 90 countries. In various versions, it has served from the Arctic conditions of northern Canada and Norway to the world's highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier in the Himalayas, at nearly 20,000 feet above sea level. It fought in the jungles of Malaya and Vietnam, the bush of Rhodesia and South Africa, the deserts of the Middle East, and the treeless desolation of the Falklands Islands. Nicknamed the "right arm of the Free World" during the Cold War, the FAL is considered the quintessential postwar battle rifle.
From this basic infantry rifle, the FAL also found form in a wide variety of select-fire and semiautomatic fixed and folding-stock carbines of various lengths and weights for military and police weaponry. Powerful, reliable, easy to maintain, and reasonably accurate, the FAL has served well in many guises and can be found in a model to fit any taste. All this adds up to a viable and readily available rifle that remains popular among shooters, tactical and otherwise, as well collectors and just plain gun nuts.
Author Robert Cashner took his collection of commonly encountered and readily available FAL models the American gun owner and shooter is most likely to encounter out to the range and the field and the mountains in all kinds of weather to see what they are really made of. This book is for the FAL/SLR owner, especially the shooter, as well as the potential FAL buyer, to provide a detailed look at the venerable weapon: how it functions, how to care for it, how to modify it for individual needs, and the vast array of accessories available for it.
Bob Cashner, a former U.S. Army cavalry scout, resides with his family in Montana, where he enjoys the great outdoors whenever possible. He is an avid hunter and shooter, and enjoys writing articles for outdoor and history magazines when the weather keeps him inside.
BOOK CHAPTER LIST
1) The Battle Rifle—Why the FAL?
2) FN FAL—The Quintessential Battle Rifle
3) The FN and the Law
4) FN Receivers
5) Selecting the Right FAL for You
6) FAL Manufacturers
7) Building Your Own Rifle from FAL Parts
8) Sights and Optics
10) FAL Furniture and Accessories
11) Military Accessories
12) Camouflaging Your FAL
13) Ammunition—Feeding Your FAL
14) FAL Weights
15) FAL/SLR Sources
16) What to Look for in a Used FAL