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The FN FAL Battle Rifle (Weapon) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Cashner , Steve Noon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Of all the infantry small arms developed during World War II, one that generated the most interest was the German 'assault rifle', the StG 44 Sturmgewehr. This innovative weapon inspired the Soviet AK-47 in 7.62x39mm calibre. In the West, the NATO countries looked hard at new weapons to upgrade their own infantry arsenals and counter the AK-47, resulting in the design of the Fusil Automatique Leger or FAL. It proved to be a successful battle rifle and was soon adopted by the military and police forces of no fewer than 93 nations. The FAL dominated the militaries of the West to such a degree that its nickname became the Right Arm of the Free World. The FAL fulfilled every role it was asked to perform and remains a viable and well-respected weapon to this day.

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For those of us who did have a love affair with this rifle, it is a book that should be on our bookshelves if not in our hands, and for those who have never experienced the weapon, it's an interesting and illuminating read that may help to understand why it was so revered.

About the Author

Bob Cashner recently retired from forestry and is now using his free time for writing and pursuing a BA in military history. He served four years in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout, was recalled to active duty during Desert Storm, and served an additional nine years in the National Guard/Reserves. An avid hunter and shooter, he is also a collector of vintage military rifles (including three different models of the FAL). He has written one previous gunsmithing book, The Poor Man's Scout Rifle, and is a frequent contributor to World War Two History Magazine. Previously, he wrote weekly outdoor columns for three newspapers, published outdoor articles in The Boundary Waters Journal and still contributes to Backwoodsman magazine. He lives in Montana with his beloved wife and a Labrador retriever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13365 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDD453U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great edition to a fantastic series 7 Nov. 2013
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I must say that I have found this series surprisingly seductive. I first started out buying the volumes on the Vickers-Maxim and Martini-Henri rifle for a historical project I was working on and was struck by the concise combination of technical detail and historical information that they provided. A couple more volumes on German automatic weapons of WW2 followed and now this, my first Cold War purchase. I have to say that, while all have been excellent this is perhaps the best. Maybe it is the fact that the FN FAL is so ubiquitous and yet so understudied; the Western European equivalent of the M16 and AK47/74 it is the poor Belgian cousin that seems to have been everywhere and yet no one seems to pay it much attention. In fact, so ubiquitous was it that it was even used by both sides in the Falklands War, a fact which did not escape Billy Bragg's attention in his song 'Island of no Return'. Once more, the combination of technical detail and historical context are excellent but what really makes this volume stand out is the superb artwork by Steve Noon (who, incidentally, seems to get very little credit on this listing). As most readers of Osprey titles will appreciate, each volume tends to stand or fall by its artwork and in this case I think Steve Noon has produced some of the most captivating illustrations I have yet seen in an Osprey publication. All three plates, the 'Bush War' in Rhodesia, the ANZACs in Vietnam and, perhaps most spectacularly of all, the image of the Falklands War, are so vivid and kinetic as to really capture the imagination. All, in all, a great addition to a fantastic series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fabrique Nationale F.A.L. 10 Dec. 2013
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I purchased this book primiarly because I was a former user of this assault/battle rifle for many years and can testify to the tremendous strength and reliability reputation it has earned. It is extremely accurate and hard hitting .The book is rather a lightweight when it comes to technical data. I would have preferred more technical cut away diagrams demonstrating the falling block locking system ,the reloading cycle etc.
To summarise this book is not the best Osprey publication I have read or own( 70+).
Had I have had the opportunity to handle and browse the book in a bookshop I would have replaced it on the shelf.

Probitas est optimus capessentem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched. A good read. 12 Mar. 2014
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As an ex user of the SLR I enjoyed this book and I hadn't realised how extensively it was used around the world and the effect it has had as a weapon in history. The book makes interesting comparisons with the true 'assault rifles' and how the FAL didn't really follow this concept but staked it's place as a 'battle rifle' with different capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. I'm always glad to read other accounts of how fierce the recoil of this rifle was and that it wasn't just me that got assaulted by the thing every time I fired it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 12 Mar. 2015
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Great little book, packed with information. The history and context of the rifles history is very well dealt with. All round a very good read that avoids getting bogged down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good but more required on the British version. 19 Mar. 2015
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Good overall view of this iconic weapon, although more could be done to cover the British SLR L1a1 version. Another good book from this informative series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars F N Battle Rifle 14 Jan. 2014
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Very nice piece of reading not too techical to spoil it,dealt with most aspects of the weapon that the casual reader would be interested in.
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