I've been playing with my FN FAL in the last week or so. This particular rifle is a G1 model was ordered by the West Germans in 1956, the year of my birth, and thus has sentimental value for me. I've mounted one of these new "gee whiz" prism scopes on it, and thanks to a lucky find I've got plentiful 1983 era 7.62 NATO ammo to fling across my pasture. In the late fifties and into the nineties the FAL was the "Right Arm of the Free World." Something like 95 nations adopted it as their primary battle rifle. Everyone outside of the US and the commie nations (we preferred our M14, they the AK) used this in conflicts across the globe. A number of nations are still using it. It's rugged, robust and reliable, but also heavy, and is fading into obscurity as lighter rifles take the stage. It's surprisingly gentle to shoot, mostly because the weight and efficient gas system take up much of the recoil. Accuracy? Not great. I suppose I'm spoiled with AR rifles, which with good ammo will give you about an inch at 100 yards. This FAL gives me something like 2 1/2 inches at 100 yards (shooting from a bench), which is plenty good enough for a man sized target out to 400 or 500 yards. All in all, as a battle rifle, I prefer the AR rifle (though I despise the gas system and have upgraded mine to more dependable piston systems). Still, the lighter weight and good balance of an AR make it much easier to get hits offhand. By offhand, I mean standing on my hind legs rather than off a bench. As an aging gentleman I find it a struggle to hold the FAL offhand and do good work. Yet, there is something sexy about the big BOOM of shooting a rifle in 7.62. If the Walking Dead ever come down out of the Peloncillo Mountains toward my house, I'll grab the FAL and whack them from a fixed position on my veranda.