FN FAL

Silhouette (Visual identification)

FN FAL
Category Assault Rifles
Operating System Gas operated, tilting breechblock, select-fire or semi-automatic only
Cartridge
Length 1100 mm
Feeding Box magazine

The FN FAL (Fusil Automatique Leger - Light Automatic Rifle) is one of the most famous and widespread military rifle designs of the 20th century. It can be found in both the 7.62 NATO and, very rarely, the 5.56 NATO versions. The furniture may be wood, metal or plastic. There are various barrel lengths. In the UK (L1A1), Canadian, Indian and Dutch versions, there is no automatic fire mode. The gas system is fitted with a gas regulator, so that it could be easily adjusted for various environment conditions, or cut off completely, so that rifle grenades could be safely launched from the barrel.

Global distribution map

Weapon prevalence origin Country of origin licensed Licensed production unauthorized Production without a license
X
Scale dependend aggregation of production sites

The FN FAL is found in 101 countries

This map is a reflection of data on global distribution and production provided primarily by the BwVC. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.


Global distribution list

The data on global distribution and production is provided primarily by the BwVC, but also from national and regional focal points on SALW control; data published by think tanks, international organizations and experts; and/or data provided by individual researchers on SALW. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.

Origin Country of origin
Production Licensed production
Non-Licensed Production Production without a licence
G Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.
N Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.
U Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.

It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a N, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X with non-Governmental armed groups.

Angola (AGO)
G
Argentina (ARG)
O
G
Australia (AUS)
O
G
Austria (AUT)
O
G
Bahrain (BHR)
G
Bangladesh (BGD)
G
Barbados (BRB)
G
Belgium (BEL)
O
G
Belize (BLZ)
G
Bolivia (BOL)
G
G
Botswana (BWA)
G
Brazil (BRA)
O
G
Burundi (BDI)
G
Cambodia (KHM)
G
Cameroon (CMR)
G
Canada (CAN)
O
G
N
Chad (TCD)
G
Chile (CHL)
G
Colombia (COL)
G
Congo (COG)
U
Costa Rica (CRI)
G
U
Croatia (HRV)
G
Cuba (CUB)
G
Cyprus (CYP)
G
G
N
Djibouti (DJI)
G
G
Ecuador (ECU)
G
Fiji (FJI)
G
Gabon (GAB)
U
Germany (DEU)
G
Ghana (GHA)
G
Greece (GRC)
G
Guyana (GUY)
G
Honduras (HND)
G
India (IND)
O
G
Indonesia (IDN)
G
Ireland (IRL)
G
Israel (ISR)
O
G
Jamaica (JAM)
U
Jordan (JOR)
U
Kenya (KEN)
G
Kuwait (KWT)
G
Lebanon (LBN)
G
Liberia (LBR)
G
Libya (LBY)
G
Luxembourg (LUX)
G
N
Malawi (MWI)
G
Malaysia (MYS)
G
Mali (MLI)
N
Malta (MLT)
G
Mauritania (MRT)
N
Mauritius (MUS)
G
Mexico (MEX)
O
G
Morocco (MAR)
G
Mozambique (MOZ)
G
G
Nepal (NPL)
G
Netherlands (NLD)
G
New Zealand (NZL)
G
Nigeria (NGA)
G
Norway (NOR)
G
Oman (OMN)
G
Pakistan (PAK)
G
Panama (PAN)
G
G
Paraguay (PRY)
G
Peru (PER)
G
Philippines (PHL)
N
Portugal (PRT)
G
Qatar (QAT)
G
Rwanda (RWA)
G
G
Saudi Arabia (SAU)
G
Sierra Leone (SLE)
G
Singapore (SGP)
G
South Africa (ZAF)
G
Sri Lanka (LKA)
G
Sudan (SDN)
G
Suriname (SUR)
G
Swaziland (SWZ)
G
Syria (SYR)
G
N
Tanzania (TZA)
G
Thailand (THA)
G
The Gambia (GMB)
G
Togo (TGO)
G
U
Tunisia (TUN)
G
Turkey (TUR)
G
Uganda (UGA)
G
G
O
G
O
U
Uruguay (URY)
G
Venezuela (VEN)
O
G
Yemen (YEM)
G
Zambia (ZMB)
G
Zimbabwe (ZWE)
G

Visual identification (Silhouette)

FN FAL (10)