Most gun fanatics are conversant in the FN FAL, which has been extensively imported into the United States. Excellent U.S. made clones are produced by DS Arms, and varied different producers have turned out parts-kit weapons, too. However, much less well-known is the truth that Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal, Belgium (aka “FN Herstal” or just “FN”) manufactured a heavy-barreled model of the FAL often called the FALO.
Also often called the Model 50.41 or 50.42 (relying on the furnishings), the time period “FALO” is an abbreviation of the French title Fusil Automatique Lourd. While Browning BARs could also be utterly out of reach for many of us 99 percenters, semi-auto variations of the FN FALO can nonetheless often be discovered at comparatively affordable costs at gun exhibits or Internet bidding sale sites. And that makes the FALO an object of need in my guide.
The FN FALO was at the start designed within the early 1960s for army use as a squad automated weapon. Unlike the FAL, the FALO is provided with a heavy tapered barrel, making it able to producing correct automated hearth at extra extended charges than its little brother.
The train of thought of a light-weight, cellular squad automated rifle started in 1918 with the legendary Browning Automatic Rifle (“BAR”). The post-WWI years noticed the arrival of many light-weight, magazine-fed machine weapons appropriate for the assault, together with the Czech Vz 26, the French MLE 1924/29, the British Vickers-Berthier, the British Bren, the Japanese Type 96, and the German FG-42.
Most of those weapons had been reasonably portly, although, weighing within the neighborhood of 22 to 28 kilos loaded. In distinction, the extra fashionable FN FALO design tipped the scales at a mere 15 kilos loaded, representing a major enhancement in mobility over different designs.
The FALO was additionally distinctive in that it was the primary of those designs to be tailored from the lighter infantry model of the rifle. Having each interchangeable magazines and became greater elements interchangeability with the principle battle rifle supplied vital benefits in fight.
Nonetheless, whereas gross sales of the FN FAL had been brisk within the 1950s via the 1970s, the FALO was solely adopted by just a few international locations underneath license.
The FAL noticed in depth motion in conflicts all around the world, together with Vietnam, the Cambodian civil warfare, Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, proper up via the Falklands warfare, the Gulf War, each Chechen wars, and the Balkan wars. But not much seems to have been written concerning the fight historical past of the FALO. The British captured quite a lot of Argentine variations within the Falklands War, and pictures of Israeli troops utilizing their licensed version can be discovered.
The civilian model of the FN FALO is functionally and visually an identical to its army expansive brother, besides that it doesn’t have the giggle switch. It’s chambered in “.308 Match” as a substitute of seven.62 x 51 NATO, which I perceive to be a nod to legal guidelines that search to discriminate in favor of weapons which have a “sporting purpose.”
Most of the civilian-legal variations had been imported within the late 1970s and 1980s. I imagine they had been nonetheless imported up via the mid-1990s, however the MSRP became greater dramatically on account of unhealthy trade charges in opposition to European currencies.
Prices for the FALO have became greater considerably through the years, particularly for the 1800(+) samples of the so-called “sear cut” weapons in civilian hands. Nonetheless, even non-sear-cut specimens in like-new to glorious situation will carry high greenback from FAL collectors; weapons that bought for $2,000 previously can simply command double that immediately.
Of course, that, and the present price of ammunition, makes shooting this unhealthy boy an more and more questionable apply from an funding standpoint. But what the hell, it’s solely rock and roll and that I prefer it.
With a little bit of apply, the FALO could be shot speedy hearth in semi-automatic mode and preserve all of the rounds in a 5 to 6-inch circle at 100 yards.
Specifications: FN FALO
Weight: 6 kg (13.four lbs)
Length: 1,150 mm (45 & 9/32 inches)
Barrel: 533 mm (20.eight inches), four groove, RH 1 in 12 twist
Cartridge: army model: 7.62x51mm NATO; civilian model: .308 Win with “match” chamber
Action: Gas-operated, quick stroke piston, tilting breechblock
Muzzle velocity: 823 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
Effective vary: 600 meters.
Feed system: 20, 25 or 30-round removable container magazines
Sights: Aperture rear sight with 0-600 meter ramp adjustment, hooded publish entrance sight