Stateside, we carry a lot of mystique for such service rifles as the Springfield M1903, the M1 Garand, the M16, and though it might not be considered a service rifle, the ever popular AR-15, among others. There is a certain affinity that sportsmen, veterans, history buffs and even collectors hold for such venerable rifles as these, whether their purposes are admiration or function.
With that in mind, much of the rest of the free world holds the same high regard for a rifle known as the FAL, or the Fusil Automatique Lėger, or the Light Automatic Rifle of Belgium’s Pride, FN Herstal. The FAL is one of the most iconic rifles – nay, firearms – that has been produced in the modern world, and has a cult following of loyal shooters and collectors to prove it.
America may march to the beat of her own drum and produce her own designs, but when much of the rest of the world was shouldering some variant or other of the SKS rifle, the free world – at least many of the countries adherent to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – were carrying the FAL rifle. If the SKS is emblematic of Red Russia and the Second World, then the FAL is the golden standard of the First.
Even if it were not for the fact that so many militaries around the world adopted the FAL, there is the immense weight of its performance to consider. Built around a remarkably reliable action and chambered around the 7.62X51mm NATO cartridge, the FAL may not be much of a looker, but it is built to perform. This makes it eerily similar to the SKS (no offense intended, if you love the looks of the Red Rifle)
Because it is so reliable and relatively easy to maintain, the rifle is also popular enough among collectors, and because it is chambered around a cartridge that offers excellent ballistic performance and trajectory, it is not going anywhere anytime soon. The 7.62x51mm cartridge, by the way, is nearly identical to the .308 Winchester cartridge that is one of the most popular short-action rifle cartridges of all time (at least here in America). Their performances are nearly identical, and that makes rifles chambered in either of these cartridges highly attractive to American sportsmen. The .308 Winchester and the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridges have both taken deer and performed admirably in shooting competitions.
Of course, you didn’t come here looking for a vindication of the FAL, since you probably are one to construct a vindication yourself. This is all the more true if you are the owner of such a platform. At the same time, you yourself are probably looking for something of value to yourself, especially if you put your FAL to regular use. What might be useful to you, among other things, is a collection of FAL parts that would leave you wanting nothing.
If you are looking for FAL parts, then the easy thing for you to do is to go to Sarco Inc. at SarcoInc.com and find what you need right there. With one of the largest collections of firearms and firearm parts on the internet, there’s a good chance that if you can’t get it at Sarco Inc., then you just can’t get it anywhere.
You won’t need to worry about that, though, since the people at Sarco Inc. are professionals at finding you the parts you need, no matter how exclusive or how rare. If you visit their website and don’t find the parts you are looking for, just pick up the phone and call them at 610-250-3960. They’ll help you get in touch with the parts you need.