Who else on here besides me loves FAL/L1A1 rifles?:assult:
Hounddawg,hounddawg said:I was one of the first intakes of the South-African Defence Force to be issued with the R4. It just about broke my heart to exchange the R1 for a weapon that I considered to be "superior" only in that it was considerably lighter (good for carrying - not so good for hitting a man about the head and shoulders with) and that it had a bolt-cutter on the bipod. The bolt-cutter came in very handily for cutting chains to steal laundry.
The FAL (7.62 X 51) cartridge I personally preferred for bush warfare because of the heavier bullet being less likely to be pushed astray by light brush. It is (IMHO) more stable than the 5.56mm at long range and it packed considerably more punch (We perforated figure 11 targets at 600 meters and more practicing supressive fire during "fire-and-movement" excercises. We used also the Bren as a light machinegun, and the FAL mags were identical, so in my mind a few less logistical hang-ups in the field.
If it ever came to a choice over the two combat rifles that I'm intimately familiar with I would choose the R1 (FAL) over the R4 (Galil) in a heartbeat.
I recently fired one belonging to a friend, and I swear to all that's holy that my mind said "OK, give the man back his rifle", but my hands said "HOLD ON!"
HUH13 lb., scope and 20 rd. mag. I could carry it forever.....It makes me rigid just to think about. I love to carry this weapon. L1A1, wood furniture, shoots like the glory of God.
I'm going back to Afghanistan 6/15. Will be back in November, anyone desires to sell one, I'd love to have another. Or a collared pet, bifemale for my wife.