Tag: FAL

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India Restarts Rifle Program (Again), Solicits for 7.62x51mm Rifles, Not 5.56x45mm

It feels like déjà vu: India has once again issued a Request For Information (RFI) for a new rifle, this time in 7.62x51mm NATO caliber. The RFI was reportedly issued on the 27th of September, making it two and a half months between the nation’s government [Read More…]

Courtesy of Cheryl V. Jackson / Chicago Tribune Two .280/30 cartridges, and their immediate ancestors. The .280 concept was inspired by the German 7.92x33 Kurz caliber on the far left, but demands for standardization in testing with the US-developed .30 T65 cartridge (center left) resulted in rounds after 1949 using the same case head as that round.

Top 5 Guns With Cult Followings


Some guns just seem to attract the most ravenous fanboys. These fanatics collaborate and overtime form cult-like cells within the community of firearm enthusiasts. In this video we explore five firearms that have developed a fan base akin to cults, often bordering on outright religious behavior.

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FN FAL Field Strip


The FN FAL is perhaps the most famous battle rifle of all time, and served with distinction all around the world during the 20th century. Pity that smaller 5.56 caliber rifles have phased the gun out in military use, and civilians don’t seem to gravitate towards them as much either. [Read More…]

FN49 Run and Gun (Malfunctions Galore!)


The FN49 is the predecessor to the much more famous FN FAL rifle, and the book about the rifle is accurately titled “The Rifle That Ran Out Of Time”. Largely developed before the outbreak of WWII, the FN49 could have been a serious European competitor to the American M1 Garand but by [Read More…]

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TFB’s Rifle (And Subgun) Weight Omnibus – How Heavy is Your Rifle? (Part 1 of 3)

In October, I traveled out to see my co-writer Alex C. to collect data on the weights of different long guns and some of their components. Over that weekend, I weighed 58 rifles and submachine guns, and numerous magazines, bolts, bolt carriers, and other miscellaneous [Read More…]

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SMGLee and his FAL

Our old friend SMGLee, who helped me greatly back when I first started TFB, was helping Timothy Yan test the new Wolf Optics PSU 1x/4x variable zoom scope for an upcoming review on TFB. Tim reviewed a pre-production prototype of this scope last year.

A US Army Ordnance engineer fires the prototype T47 rifle on fully automatic. Note the grimace of the man as he wrestles with the small arms equivalent of a fire hose. Image source: firearmsworld.net, original source LIFE magazine australia1009106 DAS SAR-48 1

Gun Review: DSA SA58 PARA Carbine

The FN FAL is one of the greatest battle rifles to have ever graced the Earth. It garnered a reputation for extreme reliability, durability, and user friendliness over its decades of service and one of the rifles biggest fans is our boss man Steve. His opinion of the [Read More…]

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Imbel IA2 Photos

Imbel has their IA2 rifle on display at Magnum Show (the Brazilian SHOT Show). I would love to get my hands on this firearm. It is the youngest descendent of the FN FAL, although internally not a lot of the FN FAL remains. [ Many thanks to Rafael for emailing us the [Read More…]

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Mysterious Short Barreled FN FAL

I was emailed this image taken from the 1975 movie The Wild Geese. The movie, about a band of mercenaries, was filmed in South Africa. In one scene a merc is seen using a short barreled FN FAL (or R1, as the FAL was designated in South Africa). A number of countries [Read More…]

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Ultimate FN FAL photo collection

The T48 was the designation of the FN FAL entered into the competition to replace the M1 Garand. The T44 (later called the M14) won the competition but the Marines appear to have kept their quote of T48 rifles. These have been meticulously photographed by an Australian [Read More…]

FAL Rifle Gas Regulation

Advice on setting FAL gas flow by the Director of Training for DSA (makers of FAL clones). Not knowing that one can control gas-flow on this weapon has led to countless customer-service calls to DSA, complaining that the rifle ‘doesn’t work.’ The [Read More…]

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Advice on purchasing FN FAL Rifles

From JWR @ Survival Blog: In answer to your questions, yes, FALs are still being made, but they are no longer being made in Belgium by FN. The FN-built FAL rifles are considered the benchmark of quality, and bring a premium price. Most of the FALs on the market in the [Read More…]

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Gun Photos: FAL SAR 48 para full auto

Who doesn’t like looking at guns 🙂 While I would not call this beautiful I would call it sexy! Click the images to increase their size. Hat Tip: kcub @ The Gun Network Forum (This gun is for sale. I have absolutely no connection to the seller)