FN FAL (L1A1) 7.62mm rifle

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.

 

Overview

The Fusil Automatique Leger (‘Light Automatic Rifle’) or FAL is a self loading selective fire battle rifle designed and produced by FN of Herstal, Belgium.

Formally introduced by its designers Dieudonne Saive and Ernest Vervier in 1951, and produced two years later, it has been described as the “Right Arm of the Free World.”   The FAL battle rifle has its Warsaw Pact counterpart in the AK47 – each being fielded by many countries and produced in a number of them.

Commonly chambered for 7.62 x 51mm NATO, the FN FAL is one of the most widely used rifles in history, adopted by over 90 countries.

A British Commonwealth derivative of the FN FAL was produced under licence as the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle, (SLR).

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the FN FAL is to be seen from 1953 onwards,  wherever NATO peacekeeping troops were deployed, France, Holland, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Iran etc.

Foxtrot example shown is a British made, L1A1 Self Loading Rifle, chambered for 7.62 x 51mm NATO, it is fitted with wooden furniture and all metal parts are in blued finish.

Film Set Notes

Like it’s stablemate the GPMG, the FAL has an extremely effective flash hider, that does suppress most of the flash. Very accurate in how the weapon actually appears when fired for real, but, for drama and film purposes it is something that should be discussed beforehand with the director to avoid surprises on the day..