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The FAL (an Erusean acronym for Fusil Automatique Léger (Osean: "Light Automatic Rifle")) is a battle rifle designed in Nordennavic and manufactured by FN Herstal in 1953.

During the Cold War the FAL was adopted by many countries of the Osean continent and the North Belkan region, with the notable exception of Osea. It is one of the most widely used rifles in Strangereal history. It is chambered in 7.62×51mm NATO, although originally designed for the intermediate .280 NATO.

The Emmerian variant of the FAL was redesigned from FN's metrical FAL into Emmerian units and was produced under license as the L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle.

History[]

Development[]

In the mid 1940s, FAL was looking for a design to replace the obsolete FN-49 battle rifle. It was a capable semi-automatic rifle, but its non-progessive design relegrated it to a prior era. FN's next project was planned to define the next generation of small arms.

In 1946, the first FAL prototype was completed. It was designed to fire the intermediate 7.92×33mm Kurz cartridge (Belka's main catridge until 1954) developed and used by Belkan forces. After testing this prototype in 1948, the Emmerian Army urged FN to build additional prototypes, including one in bullpup configuration, chambered for their new .280 NATO (7×43mm) caliber intermediate cartridge. After evaluating the single bullpup prototype, FN decided to return instead to their original, conventional design for future production.

With select-fire capability, detachable 20-round magazines - and a reliable self-loading function regardless of ammunition. Compared to the wooden rifle it was designed to replace, the FAL is state-of-the-art.

Deployment[]

Belkan War

The FAL was first used in the Belkan War in 1995. FALs were used by both Allied Forces and Belkan forces, with the exception of Osea and Yuktobania. It proved to be a very reliable firearm, as it was much more simple and reliable than Osean M16 rifles. Allied Forces soldiers were reported to throw away their M16 rifles for FALs, as this battle rifle was easier to operate and maintain.

Circum-Pacific War

The second deployment of FAL rifles was in the Circum-Pacific War, used by Belkan forces. However, unlike the Belkan War, FALs quickly became obsolete as they were inferior to much more modern Osean M4A1 assault rifles. 7.62mm rounds were uncontrollable in fully automatic mode, and the large and heavy rounds limited the ammo capacity of soldiers on the battlefield.

Osean 5.56×45mm NATO rounds used on M4s are far more controllable, light, allowing each soldiers to carry more ammo, while still having enough firepower.

Emmeria-Estovakia War

FALs were exported to Estovkia by Belka in the 2000s. Both Emmerian and Estovakian forces used FALs during the conflict. However, Estovakian FALs had the advantage over Emmerian FALs, as they had automatic fire capability and was able to equip various optics and attachments.

After the war, the FAL quickly became obsolete and was largely replaced by other assault rifles with smaller catridges. Emmeria, Ustio, and FATO replaced the FAL with the M4A1. Sapin and Gebet replaced the FAL with the Heckler & Koch G36. Erusea and Belka replaced their FALs with AK-12s, AK-74s and Beretta AR70/90s.

Specifications[]

Mass: 4.25 kg (9.4 lb)

Length: 1,090 mm (43 in)

Barrel length: 533 mm (21.0)

Catridge: 7.62×51mm NATO/.280 NATO/7mm Liviano

Action: Short-stroke gas piston, closed tilting breechblock

Rate of fire: 650-700 RPM

Muzzle velocity: 840 m/s (2,756 ft/s)

Maximum firing range: 800 meters

Feed system: 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine/50-round drum magazine

Sights: Ramped aperature rear sight + post front sight/Optics

Pros and cons[]

Pros:

  • Powerful 7.62×51mm NATO catridge.
  • Can fire reliably regardless of ammunition.
  • High rate of fire compared to other semi-automatic rifles.
  • Very reliable and easy to operate.
  • Easy to reload (depends on the shooter)

Cons:

  • Small magazine size
  • Magazine is easily expended due to its high fire rate.
  • Almost uncontrollable in full auto.
  • Large and heavy

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