Frontier Armory Introduces Reproduction Halbek Device

Frontier Armory is a leading source of African firearm parts. In addition to their array of imported parts, they are also creating a US-made reproduction Halbek device. What is a Halbek device, exactly? The legendary Ian McCollum at Forgotten Weapons made a great video explaining what it was and how it worked.

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[SHOT 2023] Brigade Manufacturing Makasi FAL/AR Hybrid Rifle

Brigade Manufacturing Inc.’s new Makasi rifle was on display at SHOT Show 2023 in the AmChar Wholesale booth. It blends the FAL and AR-15 into something new, almost sort of modernized FN CAL. Let’s delve into this unique design and what it has to offer.

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FN Celebrates FAL with New Campaign and Giveaway

Over the past seven decades, the FAL has stood as a battle rifle icon. Designed for Fabrique Nationale Herstal by Belgian small arms engineer Dieudonné Joseph Saive, the Fusil Automatique Léger (“Light Automatic Rifle”) is a short-stroke gas piston firearm chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. It entered production in 1953, and variants continue to be manufactured today, although FN’s own in-house production ceased in 1988. In excess of seven million have been made so far, and this gun has seen service in the hands of both military and non-state forces across the globe through dozens of conflicts. Now, to honor its legendary design as the FAL prepares to mark 70 years of production, FN has begun two contests that will allow a select few enthusiasts to get their hands on a piece of firearms history.

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6.5 Grendel AR-15 Build That Identifies as FAL and AK

You know how it goes, you’ve seen a few AR-15 builds, you’ve pretty much seen them all… until today!  We truly do live in strange times, when someone can build an AR-15 made to accept AK patterned magazines made to hold 6.5 Grendel cartridges, with the added feature of a side charging handle on the left side like the FN FAL. This particular AR-15 build was completed by Redditor Glenn but inspired by AP Smizzler’s thread on the 65Grendel.com forum.

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DSArms to Offer Israeli FAL Parts Kit

DSArms has announced the availability of a new FAL parts kit based on surplused Israeli Defence Force FALs. The kits include a magazine and everything but the rifle’s upper receiver and barrel.

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Argentine Army Receives First Modernised FALs

Argentina’s state owned defence manufacturer Fabricaciones Militares has delivered the first batch of modernised FAL rifles. Nearly 300 of the refurbished FALs have been handed over to the Argentine Army with new railed forends, stocks and top covers.

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More weapons of Rio's drug war

In what appears to be a never-ending TFB series on weapons used by criminals in Rio de Janeiro, I’ve brought some recent pictures covering that, mainly motivated by the featured image, above. This photo has circulated in the social media, reportedly by a gang operating in Copacabana’s Vidigal Hill community, apparently as an intimidating visual message to other gangs trying to assume control of that area. The variety of firearm models available is noteworthy, and some examples are focused below. Readers are most welcome to comment, please. Hrachya included!

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

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.

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Glorious Slow Motion By Tac TV

Here is a video posted by Vaporwar on Facebook. It has some fantastic slow motion video clips of firearms being fired.

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NATO's Forgotten First AK: The Madsen LAR

The Cold War is famous as the squaring off of two superpowers: The United States, and the Soviet Union, and their duel-by-proxy in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. The standard rifles of each side, as well, became proxies: On the Soviet side, the famous AK-47 (more properly AK and AKM), and on the US side the M14, FAL, and later the M16. As early as the late 1950s, however, the AK’s success led to it being copied by NATO member nations, and perhaps the very first of these was the Madsen LAR.

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REVIEW: POF G3 Sporter .308 [GUEST POST]

This is a guest post by Zain from Pakistan

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Weapons of the Brazilian Marines

Having previously shown some of the items that the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) ground elements currently pack for their ground work (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/06/23/brazilian-air-force-infantry-weapons/), it’s time, now, to see what their Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) counterparts employ. Most of the firearms, as expected, will be found in Navy-subordinated Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (Marine Corps) hands, and these will be briefly covered here.

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Miscellaneous guns in pics and text – 1

Gathering material for articles here at TFB is a mixture of results for this senior scribe, ranging from full exultation to sheer deception. Sometimes an interesting photo negative is dug out from surviving files, just for yours truly to find out that no related info is located in his somewhat messy files. The other way around is, of course, sometimes the case: data, but no photo! But there’s another variation in the process: the case of both pics and info duly located, but in such a limited form that they become too narrow to generate a full story. Here’s what I mean, hoping you enjoy:

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DSA Continues South America FAL Modernization Potential

DS Arms, Inc. was present at SITDEF 2017 this year with a number of the companies FAL modernization upgrades, continuing to offer their legacy upgrade packages to various South American Military/LE forces that are still armed with FN FALs or Brazilian Imbel license made versions. Although there were a number of DSA rifles on display, the company president Dave Selvaggio specifically showed the upgrades of what appears to the companies U.S. civilian legal 7.62x51mm NATO SA58 Compact Tactical Carbine (CTC), except in a tan finish for the show. The CTC version introduces Magpul front and rear sights, a folding DS Arms Para Stock ( very similar to KDG’s SCAR stock), an upgraded upper receiver that incorporates modern aluminum construction and traditional picatinny rail options in addition to a number of other upgraded features.

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The FIL/FILC-97 family: The Forgotten IMBEL Rifle Prototypes

In 1997, while Brazilian Army Captain (later, Lieutenant-Colonel) Paulo Augusto Capetti Porto was working at IMBEL’s Fábrica de Itajubá as head of the R&D Office, several interesting ideas materialized into a series of prototypes generally designated as FIL-97 (Fuzil Imbel Leve, Light Imbel Rifle) with 437mm barrels and FILC-97 (Fuzil Imbel Leve Curto, Short Light Imbel Rifle), for the shorter carbine-type variants with variable length barrels. This family of guns was merely intended to analyze different construction materials (polymers and light alloys) and ergonomic variations for possible use in future weapons, in what might be called concept ideas studies, if you wish.  It should be recalled that they were all gas-operated and featured a rotary bolt breech locking system similar to the MD97 model then in production. Here’s a selection of some of the guns that emerged from that extremely creative period.

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