Saturday, July 2, 2011

FN Fusil Automatique Leger

Developed by the Belgian Fabrique Nationale company, the FN FAL (Fusil Automatique Leger - light automatic rifle) is one of the most widely known rifle designs of the 20th century. Its popularity is reflected in the fact that more than 70 countries have used it and at least ten countries made it themselves.

The FN FAL has the distinction of being adopted by more than ninety countries and has been used in action in almost every continent in the world. Models are available in automatic and semi-automatic fire form.

Canada was the first country to adopt the FAL in 1955 with a slightly modified version designated the C1. The C1 and heavy-barrelled C2 squad automatic rifles were made at the Canadian Arsenal. Belgium followed in 1956, Britain a year later with the British-built L1A1 SLR (self-loading rifle), which was often issued with a x4 SUIT Trilux optical sight. When Austria adopted the rifle in 1958, it was designated Stg.58 and built at the Steyr arms factory. The FAL was adopted in various types by Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, Israel, Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) and South Africa.

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