FN FAL

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The FN FAL (Fusil Automatique Léger) was designed by Dieudonné Saive and Ernest Vervier from 1947 to 1951. It is also called the FN LAR (Light Automatic Rifle), the English translation of its Belgian French name. The fact that there are so many variants, made by different countries and different names for the same models, causes a lot of confusion regarding what particular FAL is in what movie. For the most part, only the major variants of the gun will have been seen in movies with wide distribution, (the original Belgian version, U.S. versions, the Israeli Versions and British/Commonwealth Version). The early FAL prototypes were chambered in intermediate cartridges like 7.92x33mm and .280 British, in an attempt to create an assault rifle along the lines of the German Sturmgewehr 44, but after 7.62x51mm NATO was adopted as the standard NATO rifle cartridge, the FAL design was altered to accommodate the more powerful round.

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Specifications

(1953 - Present)

Type: Battle Rifle, Assault Rifle

Caliber: 7.92x33mm (prototype), .280 British (prototype), 7.62x51mm NATO, 5.56x45mm NATO (Argentine FALMP III and Brazilian IMBEL variants)

Capacity: 20, 30-round box magazine. (Argentine FALMP III Type 2 variant uses Steyr AUG magazines, Brazilian IMBEL variants use STANAG Magazines)

Fire Modes: Safe/Semi-Auto/Full-Auto; Safe/Semi-Auto on inch-pattern FALs.


The FN FAL and variants are used by the following actors in the following movies:

FN LAR

Original FN LAR (Light Automatic Rifle) - full auto rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO. Note the folded bipod.
Original FN LAR (Light Automatic Rifle) - full auto rifle with Wooden buttstock - 7.62x51mm NATO. Note the folded bipod. Many of these rifles were issued with wooden buttstocks by FN Belgium and are seen in wars all over the world in this configuration.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Kill Zombie! Dutch reserve soldiers wooden buttstock 2012
The Kingdom Saudi police officers 2007
The Wild Geese Richard Burton Col. Allen Faulkner 1978
The Wild Geese Mercenaries 1978

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Ultimate Force Columbian soldier With telescopic sight and FN FAL flash-hider 2006
The Unit Dennis Haysbert CSM Jonas Blane 2006 - 2009


FN FAL

FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62x51mm NATO
FN FAL 50.61 Paratrooper with 21" barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
FN FAL 50.63 Paratrooper with 18" barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
FN FAL "G Series" - 7.62x51mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Cockneys vs. Zombies G Series model. 2012
The Book of Eli Ray Stevenson Redridge Paratrooper model 2010
District 9 Mercenaries 50.00 and 50.61 models, with & without scope 2009
Che Part Two: Guerrilla Guerrilla "G"-Series FAL 2009
Che Part One: Argentine Vladimir Cruz Ramiro "G"-Series FAL 2009
The Bodyguard 2 Mercenary With scope 2007
Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) BOPE officers Imbel M964 model 2007
Babel Moroccan Police 2006
Catch a Fire South African Police 2006
The Aura Security guard 2005
Blessed by Fire Pablo Riva Pvt. Vargas 2005
Gastón Pauls Pvt. Leguizamón
Argentinian soldiers
The Lost City Cuban soldiers 2005
Hotel Rwanda Belgian paratroopers 50.63 Paratrooper 2004
Tears of the Sun Nigerian soldiers Seen only in archival footage 2003
Stander South African Police 2003
A Man Apart Mercenaries 50.63 Paratrooper 2003
The Replacement Killers Danny Trejo Collins 50.61 Paratrooper with laser sight 1998
Michael Rooker Stan "Zeedo" Zedkov 50.61 Paratrooper
The Postman Holnist soldier With M203 grenade launcher 1997
Escape from L.A. United States Police Force guards With Cobray 37mm launchers 1996
Romeo + Juliet Verona Beach SWAT officer 1996
Heat Tom Sizemore Michael Cheritto 50.61 Paratrooper 1995
Congo Ernie Hudson Cpt. Munro Kelly 50.61 Paratrooper 1995
Beyond Rangoon Burmese soldiers and policemen 1995
Street Fighter AN soldier 1994
Rapid Fire Powers Boothe Mace Ryan 1992
The Last Boy Scout Taylor Negron Milo 50.63 Paratrooper 1991
Red Scorpion Dolph Lundgren Nikolai Rachenko Mocked up as AO-63 1989
Carmen Argenziano Colonel Zayas
Rage of Honor Various henchmen FAL PARA 1987
Missing In Action 2: The Beginning 1985
Latino Contras soldier 1985
Romancing the Stone Henchman 1984
Red Dawn Cuban & Nicaraguan soldiers 1984
Scarface Hitman 1983
Octopussy South American soldiers 1983
Brittish Embassy guards
Kamal Khan's guards
Under Fire Ed Harris Oates 1983
Nicaraguan soldiers 50.50 & 50.63 models
FSLN rebels 50.50 & 50.63 models
Green Ice Colombian soldiers and maritime patrols 1981
The Gods Must Be Crazy Soldiers 1980
Police
The Man on the Roof Ingvar Hirdwall Gunman Mocked up as M1941 Johnson machine gun 1976
When Eight Bells Toll Anthony Hopkins Philip Calvert With bayonet and L1A1 muzzle brake 1971
Hijacker With L1A1 muzzle brake
The Last Grenade Andrew Keir Gordon Mackenzie 1970
Julian Glover Andy Royal
John Thaw Terry Mitchell
Arabesque John Merivale Maj. Sylvester Pennington Sloane 1966
British Royal Guard

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
On Wings of Eagles Esai Morales Rashid 1986
On Wings of Eagles Parviz Sayyad Magistrate Dadgar 1986
On Wings of Eagles Prison guards 1986
On Wings of Eagles Border Guards 1986
On Wings of Eagles Revolutionaries 1986
Ultimate Force Columbian soldiers 2006
Strike Back Richard Armitage John Porter 2010-Present

Video Games

Title As Mods Note Date
Fallout 2 "FN FAL" and "FN FAL HPFA" FN FAL "G Series" 1998
Jagged Alliance 2 50.00 model 1999
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear "7.62mm FAL AR" 1999
Operation Flashpoint 2001
Ghost Recon: Desert Siege "7.62mm Carbine" 50.63 model 2001-2003
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003
Project Reality As the "FN FAL" G Series 2005
Operation 7 50.00, 50.61, L1A1 and several DSA models 2006
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 50.00 model 2006
7.62 High Calibre 50.00 and 50.63 models 2008
Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island Chambered in .280 British 2008
Far Cry 2 "FAL Paratrooper" Not being a Paratrooper model, with a 30-round magazine 2008
SAS Secure Tomorrow "FN FAL" Chambered in .280 British 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots "FAL Carbine" 2008
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 With top rail and 30-round magazine, has hand-guard and iron-sights from a FN LAR, and the charging-handle from a DSArms SA58 2009
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves FAL 50.00 model, 3-round burst 2009
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker FAL Paratrooper 2010
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs "FAL" 2011
Uncharted: Golden Abyss FAL 50.00 model, 3-round burst 2011
Project Reality: Falklands 50.00 model 2012
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception FAL SS 50.00 model, semi-auto only 2012
Max Payne 3 50.00 model 2012
Hitman: Absolution 2012
Tomb Raider STG 58 ELITE FAL 50.63 w/ RIS handguard DLC weapon 2013

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Spriggan ARCAM Defense Force Soldiers 1998
Flag 2006
Najica Blitz Tactics 2006
Golgo 13 Mercenary 2008 - 2009

FN FALO

FALO with bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
L2A1 with 30-round magazine - 7.62x51mm NATO
C2A1 with 30-round magazine - 7.62x51mm NATO

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
Power Play Soldiers Canadian C2A1 variant 1978

Video Games

Title As Mods Note Date
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action "NF-FAL" partial desert-camo finish L2A1 with 30-round magazine 2012


IMI Romat

Israeli FAL "Romat" with Wooden Furniture - 7.62x51mm NATO
IMI Romat with heavy barrel and bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Operation Thunderbolt African soldiers With heavy barrel and bipod 1977
The Beast of War Afghan Mujahideen 1988
Red Scorpion Dolph Lundgren Nikolai Rachenko With M203 grenade launcher 1989
Red Scorpion Al White Kallunda Kintash With M203 grenade launcher 1989
For Sacha (Pour Sacha) Israeli troops With heavy barrel and bipod 1991
Munich Eric Bana Avner Kaufman With scope 2005
Munich Daniel Craig Steve With scope 2005

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Ultimate Force Ross Kemp SSgt. Henry "Henno" Garvie Fitted with FN LAR flash-hider 2002 - 2006
Matthew Earley Guggenheim
Simon Kassianides Juan
Tyrant Ali Episode 2 2014


L1A1

L1A1 SLR, original model - 7.62x51mm NATO. Early version of the L1A1 had wood stocks, handguard and pistol grips, along with a cylindrical wood carry handle.
L1A1 SLR - 7.62x51mm NATO. This is the later, typical version of the L1A1 which used black fiberglass furniture.
L1A1 SLR fitted with L2A2 SUIT 4x scope - 7.62x51mm NATO
L1A1 SLR with wood furniture - 7.62x51mm NATO. Although this model features wood furniture, it has the contoured black fiberglass carry handle which identifies this as a later model L1A1 which has been fitted with after-market furniture.
Australian L1A1 - 7.62x51mm NATO. The Australian version of the L1A1 features unique laminated wood handguards which have a round profile and 3 small circular vent holes.
Canadian C1A1 - 7.62x51mm NATO. The Canadian C1A1 is quite different from other Commonwealth L1A1s, having different sights and a wood handguard without any vent holes. It is also unique among all FAL variants in that the front of the top cover is open and it has an integrated guide allowing the magazine to be refilled from stripper clips whilst it is attached to the gun.

The L1A1, also commonly referred to as the SLR (Self Loading Rifle) is the British version of the FN FAL which also saw extensive service with other Commonwealth countries. They are commonly referred to as "inch pattern" rifles (as opposed to the FN FAL which is "metric pattern") due to the rifle being designed and tooled to imperial measurements, but they also feature a number of design changes and improvements (it is these changes in the pattern which make inch and metric parts generally non interchangeable, rather than the minuscule differences in the measurements). These differences include a larger magazine release, a different selector switch, relocated take-down lever, a folding charging handle, "sand cuts" on the bolt, skeletonized front sight wings and a larger flash hider, along with different furniture depending on the time period and country.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Killer Elite SAS troopers 2011
Inception Tohoru Masamune Japanese guard C1A1 with wooden handguard 2010
Max Payne Thug With black handguards 2008
Hot Fuzz Simon Pegg Sgt. Nicholas Angel With wooden handguards 2007
The Battle of Long Tan Australian soldiers 2006
Sahara Steve Zahn Al Giordano With scope 2005
Lord of War Liberian soldiers 2005
Tears of the Sun Cameroonian border guard 2003
Without a Paddle Abraham Benrubi Dennis 2003
Warriors (Guerreros) Albanian soldier Australian model 2002
Reign of Fire Gerard Butler, David Kennedy, Alexander Siddig Creedy, Eddie Stax, Ajay 2002
Bloody Sunday British soldiers With wooden handguards 2002
Hulk guerrillas 2002
Spy Game Lebanese fighters With scope 2001
Rules of Engagement Yemeni sniper With scope 2000
Outbreak Mercenaries 1994
Clear and Present Danger Colombian mercenaries 1994
Blown Away British soldiers 1994
In the Name of the Father British soldiers 1993
The Fourth Protocol SAS Trooper With IWS night vision sight 1987
Cold Steel Adam Ant Mick 1987
Cold Steel Sy Richardson Rashid 1987
Maximum Overdrive Frankie Faison Handy 1986
My Lucky Stars British soldiers 1985
Thirteen at Dinner Actor portraying guards shortened, full auto 1985
Escape 2000 Gus Mercurio Red With scope, extended magazine and sawn-off barrel 1982
Bill Young Griff
The Final Option Lewis Collins Captain Peter Skellen 1982
The Final Option Bob Sherman‎ Captain Hagen 1982
The Final Option Albert Fortell‎ Captain Freund 1982
The Final Option SAS troopers 1982
Dark Sun (Temné slunce) Police units 1982
An American Werewolf in London British Police Tactical Response Unit 1981
The Dogs of War Zangaran soldiers Australian model 1981
The Long Good Friday RUC officers 1980
The Outsider British troops 1980
The Outsider Frank Grimes Tony Coyle 1980
The Odd Angry Shot SASR troopers Australian model 1979
Power Play Soldiers C1A1 variant 1978
The Wild Geese Mercenaries 1978
Deathcheaters Australian model 1976
Hennessy British soldiers in Belfast 1975
The Terrorists British soldiers 1974
No Blade Of Grass Nigel Davenport John Custance 1970
Soldiers
Dark of the Sun Congolese soldiers 1968
The War Game British soldiers 1965
Help! British soldiers 1965
Dr. No Guard 1962

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Doctor Who Derek Ware Pvt. Wyatt "Inferno" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who David Simeon Pvt. Latimer "Inferno" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who George Lee Cpl. Forbes "Spearhead from Space" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who Don McKillop Bert Walker "The Dæmons" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who John Levene RSM John Benton "Terror of the Zygons" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who Hubert Rees John Stevenson "The Seeds of Doom" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who John Challis Scorby "The Seeds of Doom" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who Ray Barron Sgt. Henderson "The Seeds of Doom" 1963 - 1989
Doctor Who UNIT soldiers 1963 - 1989
Dempsey and Makepeace Police sniper with Scope / "Silver Dollar" (S02E01) 1985
Dempsey and Makepeace British soldiers "Extreme Prejudice" (S03E05) 1986
Police Rescue NSW Police tactical Officers 1991
Water Rats NSW Police tactical Officers 1996 - 2001
Ultimate Force Columbian Soldiers & Rebels 2006
Ashes to Ashes Kevin Hales 2009
Falling Skies A resistance fighter 2011

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Global Operations "FAL" 2002
Vietcong 2 2005
Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice‎ 2006
Operation 7 2006
7.62 High Calibre w/ various attachments 2008
Project Reality: Falklands w/ L2A2 SUIT 4x scope 2012

Anime

Film/Series Title Character Notation Date
Upotte!! Funco's elder sister Faru 2012

Ishapore 1A1 SLR

Ishapore 1A1 SLR - 7.62x51mm

The Ishapore 1A1 SLR is the domestically produced Indian variant of the FAL rifle. It is not however a licensed copy, but is instead reverse engineered from the commonwealth inch pattern rifles. However, the Indian designers of the weapon made alterations to the design resulting in a mix between a metric and inch pattern rifle without the parts compatibility of other FAL variants and copies.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
LOC Kargil Indian Army Soldiers 2003


IMBEL M964 A1 ParaFAL

Imbel M964 A1 ParaFAL - 7.62x51mm NATO

The IMBEL M964 A1 ParaFAL is a updated version of the Imbel M964 (a copy of the FN FAL 50.00) featuring a shorter barrel and light-weight polymer parts instead of the traditional aluminum. Available as either a parts kit or as a completely new weapon, the ParaFAL is currently used by many Brazilian police and military units.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Elite Squad 2 Andre Ramiro Cpt. Andre Matias 2010
Elite Squad 2 BOPE officers 2010
End of Days Derrick O'Connor Thomas Aquinas With scope 1999


IMBEL MD-2

Imbel MD-2 - 5.56x45mm
Imbel MD-3 - 5.56x45mm

The IMBEL MD-2 is a variant of the M964 that is chambered in 5.56x45mm.

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Boiling Point: Road to Hell "Combat Rifle" 2005


IMBEL MD-97

Imbel MD 97 - 5.56x45mm
Imbel MD 97 LC - 5.56x45mm

The IMBEL MD-97 is an updated version of the IMBEL MD-2 that is used in limited numbers by the Brazilian military and police forces.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Elite Squad 2 BOPE officers 2010

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2010
Max Payne 3 MD-97L MD-97LC 2012


IMBEL IA2

Imbel IA2 Rifle with magazine removed - 5.56x45mm
Imbel IA2 Rifle with scope and Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO

The IMBEL IA2 is an updated version of the Imbel MD-97 with new polymer furniture.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Elite Squad 2 Wagner Moura Colonel Nascimento Carbine version 2010

Video Games

Game Title Note Appears as Release Date
Max Payne 3 With scope 2012
Call of Duty: Ghosts Semi automatic only, classified as a "Marksman Rifle." IA-2 2013


DSA SA58 Para Tactical Carbine

DSA SA58 Para Tactical Carbine with EOTech red dot sight - 7.62x51mm NATO

Video Games

Game Title Note Appears as Release Date
Alliance of Valiant Arms With railed handguard and optional ACOG scope "SA58 Para" 2007


DSA SA58 Para Elite Compact

DSA SA58 Para Elite Compact with magazine removed - 7.62x51mm NATO

Video Games

Game Title Note Appears as Release Date
Call of Duty: Black Ops II "FAL OSW" 2012


DSA SA58 OSW

DSArms SA58 OSW Carbine - 7.62x51mm NATO
DSArms SA58 OSW Carbine with M68 Aimpoint red dot scope - 7.62x51mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
A Good Day to Die Hard Jai Courtney Jack McClane EOTech sight, tactical light and 20-round magazines 2013
Sinners and Saints Bas Rutten Dekker with Eotech holosight and Sure Fire M900A Vertical Foregrip WeaponLight 2010
The Town Ben Affleck Doug MacRay With two magazines taped "jungle-style" 2010
Terminator Salvation Terry Crews Captain Jericho With Surefire Universal weaponlight 2009
Terminator Salvation Resistance fighter 2009
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Yancey Arias Alvaro Cardona With M68 Aimpoint red dot scope 2009
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Rogue unit member With M68 Aimpoint red dot scope 2009
Rambo Reynaldo A. Gallegos Diaz With M68 Aimpoint red dot scope 2008
Hancock Criminal 2008
Bad Boys II Kiko Ellsworth "Blondie Dreads" 2003
Bad Boys II US Marine 2003
Hollywood Homicide Drive-by shooter 2003
The Hunted Black ops commando With M68 Aimpoint red dot scope 2003

Video Games

Game Title Note Appears as Release Date
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2005
Operation 7 2006
7.62 High Calibre w/ various attachments 2008
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs FDO-11 w/ custom cheek rest 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier SA58 OSW w/ various attachments 2012
Splinter Cell: Blacklist SA58 OSW w/ various attachments 2013


DSA SA58 Pistol

DSArms SA58 Pistol - 7.62x51mm NATO

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion Homura Akemi 2013



Diseños Casanave SC-2010

SC-2010 HPMWS with RIS foregrip and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope - 7.62x51mm NATO

Video Games

Game Title Note Appears as Release Date
Call of Duty: Ghosts SC-2010 2013


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