POTD: The Right Arm of the Free World

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

This fully automatic Fusil Automatique Leger (FAL) was manufactured by Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal (FN) and imported into the USA by Browning somewhere between 1959 and 1963 (It was not until the 1970s that Browning was purchased by FN, but companies had a close and continuous relationship since at least 1897)

The FN FAL was used by many NATO countries and also many non-NATO countries that were involved in cold war conflicts, for example South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and so the rifle was affectionately known as “The right arm of the Free World”.

This particular is featured in our TFBTV video that goes live later today.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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