Larry Vickers & Forgotten Weapons take a look at a Rhodesian FAL

    Larry Vickers lights up his Rhodesian FAL (Vickers Tactical)

    For many of us, the first things that spring to mind about the Rhodesian Bush War are bush shorts and FN FALs. Thankfully, only the latter is covered in two videos recently posted by the Vickers Tactical channel and Forgotten Weapons.

    In the videos, Ian McCollom and Larry Vickers take a look at Larry’s own, an original FN-made Rhodesian FAL. Vickers walks Ian through the distinguishing features of the rifle. South Africa side-stepped an international embargo and secretly provided Rhodesia with weapons throughout the Bush War but in order to do so sanitised them to disguise their origins.

    In the first video posted by the Vickers Tactical channel on the 5th January, quickly runs through the distinguishing features of the rifle including the removal of the South African state crest by cutting a circular hole in the magazine housing and the so-called ‘baby-poop’ camouflage paint finish. Larry then fires a few rounds through the rifle, check out the video below:

    In a follow-up Forgotten Weapons video Larry takes Ian through the distinguishing features of the rifle in more detail. He points out the various ground off markings, the rifle grenade sight and the ingenious Rhodesian-made Halbek muzzle brake:

    Sources:

    Rhodesian FN FAL 4K, Vickers Tactical, (5th Jan. 2018). Retrieved from source

    Rhodesian FAL, Forgotten Weapons, (8th Jan. 2018). Retrieved from source

    Matthew Moss

    Matthew Moss – Assistant Editor.

    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written for a variety of publications in both the US and UK he also runs www.historicalfirearms.info, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of www.armourersbench.com, a new video series on historically significant small arms.

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