FNH Classic Machine Guns: BAR Model D vs FAL

Got a chance to shoot some FNH classics while testing out some new steel targets coming out soon. The FN BAR Model D was caliber converted to shoot .308 using FAL mags.



This particular FN BAR was imported from Colombia. FullSizeRender_1



Receiver stamping is a bit worn.


Magazine spacer for FAL Mags


The FN BAR Model D was very pleasant to shoot. The cyclic rate has two settings. I only shot it on the slow setting. Which is about 350 rpm. Due to the weight, the recoil is very manageable compared to the FAL.

I hardly shoot rifles prone so I was not accustomed to shouldering the FAL on the ground. The sharp recoil was hitting my collar bone. On the advisement of my friend Scott H., I cupped the shoulder pad of the stock, rather than cradling the bottom to hold it up. This offered more cushion for the pushin’ when shooting the FAL for longer bursts. You can see this in the video below.


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Not sure what the tree stamping is for. Scott H. believes it is is the importer markings.



Shooting 50 yard steel targets was harder than I had anticipated. I was using the irons but as soon as the gun goes off I just see a blur and cannot see the irons. My vision is obscured by too much vibrating metal. Scott recommended I pick my head up and look over the irons to see the hits down range. it was much easier to correct and walk the shots on target. Once I got used to the FAL I still only managed less than 50% hit ratio on full auto. It was easier and more manageable to shoot off hand. I got 13 out of 20 shots on the target.

.308 ammo was provided by ZQi Ammunition.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • McThag

    To the owner of the FAL. Fix your charging handle.

    • Nicholas C

      What’s wrong with it?

      • lcpltac

        It looks like it’s reciprocating and it’s not supposed to reciprocate

        • Nicholas C

          Ahh yeah he mentioned that it is messed up. I did ask if the charging handle reciprocated. I’m use to my SCAR17.

  • jng1226

    That rainbow of brass is just beautiful. Soothing even.

    • Nicholas C

      Yes it is very cathartic.

  • Bob

    Hmmmm… Never seen anyone cup the buttpad like that before. I might have to try it.

    • Nicholas C

      It seems like a simple thing. Yeah I would not have thought of it though, and it worked great!

  • BattleshipGrey


    I’ve only got to hold a BAR, so I’m a bit envious. Converting it to x51 just made it more affordable to shoot too.

  • Lance

    7.62mm and heavy BAR makes a good combo.

  • Jose

    The FAL rifle, in your photos, bears the symbol of Lebanon, the Lebanon Cedar. Lebanon used, or still use the FAL, since it was among the first countries in the Middle East, to acquire that rifle. Same goes for Syria and Israel, who adopted the FAL between the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s.

  • Brian Fulmer

    Just confirms to me the Turkish ZQI is good stuff, thanks for the note about it. Otherwise, I would just be green with envy and grumpy.

  • Aaron

    That BAR deserves it’s own detailed review.

  • M240B

    I think its weird how he has to be told how to reload the rifle. I feel like 5 min of training would make this whole video go much smoother. All in all, cool video though