Author and his FN FAL wile on operations in the red zone
There is no golden conex full of high speed low drag toys for most contractors working the mean streets of Baghdad or taking on the Mountain Apes in the crags of some Hindu Kush type shithole, but there are gems out there if you look hard enough. The FN FAL is just such a gem given you are lucky enough to score one in your AO.
The FAL has been around for a while and is a true Battle Rifle chambered in 7.62x51MM that has a real fight stopper reputation in a .30 Cal package not some assault rifle cartridge or new wave round that is touted as the next big ‘man-killer.’
The 7.62x51MM fielded by the FN FAL is a tested cartridge also found linked in 200 roundbelts next to the popular M240G machine gun or in the internal magazines of many a sniper rifle. The FN FAL is an old school rifle and round that fills a serious niche in combat arms.
The FAL I use in my professional endeavors was a captured weapon recovered from the hands of Saddam’s old regime and is a platform with some new twists and turns mounted on it to update its utility.
Authors 13 inch barrel FN FAL with single point sling
This rifle was put together intelligently by an SBS friend of mine with a passion for this weapons system that I share as well. It’s has been handed down to me through a battle tested set of co-workers and I am proud to carry it harms way as they did.
When you pick up the FAL, you know you’ve got a rifle in your hands not some ‘0’ balance carbine fitted with a plastic mag.
The FAL is a weighty rifle not a backpacker’s rimfire .22 cal squirrel gun like the one fielded by the Amy Strong crowd in the States.
It’s a rifle built with purpose, and a choice tool from a more refined age of weapons design. The FN FAL is ‘Infidel Strong’ and in the right hands is an instrument of terrible visage that has and can send the AK and track suit crowd from Sadr city ducking for cover.
Here’s the ins and outs of my front line choice in battle implements…
- 13” BARREL
- 19” SIGHT RADIUS
- 7.62X51MM CALIBER
- FOLDING PARA STOCK
- RAIL INTERFACE HANDGUARD
- 120 LUMEN FLASHLIGHT AND MOUNT
- FORWARD GRIP FOR INDEXING
- SLING MOUNTED AS A SINGLE POINT
If I have to send ‘lead hornets’ down range in anger, I’ll be doing it with the FN FAL
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Bubba G. is an active protective professional presently performing contract duties in the Middle East and has well over 15 years of military, high risk contracting, international training and martial arts experience.