The FAL, or Fusil Automatique Léger (“Light Automatic Rifle”), is a 7.62×51mm NATO semi-automatic/selective fire battle rifle made by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN) in Belgium. Called “The right arm of the Free World, it is one of the most widely used rifles in history, having been used by more than 90 countries. It was considered by the United States Army as the T-48 but the M-14 was selected instead.
In the 80s and 90s, FALs were imported to the United States and “de-militarized” (upper receiver destroyed) to comply with Gun Control Act of 1968 (Onee a machinegun, always a machinegun). Semiautomatic versions of the FAL were legal to import until the Assault Rifle Ban of 1989.
DSArms Inc. currently manufactures the complete FN FAL 7.62mm rifle system in the United States utilizing new tooling, improved materials and modernized processes.
In the video below, Larry Vickers gives us an inside look at a cut away FN FAL in informative slow motion.