The FN FAL is a 7.62 mm battle rifle featured in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« The FAL (Short for Fusil Automatique Léger, meaning "Light Automatic Rifle") is a battle rifle that was developed at FN Herstal. It is chambered for 7.62×51mm NATO.
Weapon Description
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FN-FAL 7.62 mm
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Faction Icon-side-greenfor.png FIA
Icon-side-greenfor.png Nogovan Partisans
Type Battle Rifle
Calibre 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
20
Dispersion 0.0002 rad (semi)
0.0003 rad (full)
Variants None
Games
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The FN-FAL 7.62 mm battle rifle.

The FN-FAL is used by the FIA as well as by their Nogovan Partisan predecessors in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

The FN-FAL is a gas operated, selective fire battle rifle with a tilting breechblock that is chambered to fire the 7.62×51 mm NATO cartridge.

It loads from 20-round box magazines, and can attain a fire rate of up to 857 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 823 m/s. It has an effective range of between 300 and up to ~ 460 metres.

Obtained from covert American arms shipments during the Soviet occupation of Nogova, the FAL is one of the two battle rifles that are exclusively used by the partisans and their counterparts on Everon. The FAL combines both stopping power and range thanks to its use of the 7.62 mm NATO round.

Due to being a battle rifle, it suffers from fairly high recoil but this can be slightly mitigated by firing on semi-auto. It should also be noted that although it's chambered to fire the same round (and is mechanically similar in a few ways) to the G3A4, the FAL is unable to share magazines with the latter and vice versa.


Ammunition

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
7 823

The FN-FAL only supports one magazine type. It occupies one inventory slot:

FN-FAL Mag.

20-round box magazine loaded with 7.62 mm NATO ammunition. Does not contain any tracers.


Trivia

  • In early versions of Operation Flashpoint: Resistance (the former name of Cold War Assault's now-integrated expansion pack), both the FAL and G3A4 shared the same appearance when looking through the weapon's ironsights.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The Fusil Automatique Léger (Light Automatic Rifle) or FAL is a self-loading, selective fire rifle produced in the Belgium. During the Cold War it was adopted by many NATO countries, with the notable exception of the United States.

Because of its prevalence and widespread use among the armed forces of many Western and other non-Communist countries during the Cold War it was nicknamed "the right arm of the Free World".
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FN FAL 7.62 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png ION
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Militia
Type Battle Rifle
Calibre 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
20
Dispersion 0.0005 rad (semi)
0.0005 rad (burst)
Variants None
Games
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The FN FAL 7.62 mm battle rifle.

The FN FAL is used by several OPFOR and Independent factions in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

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Returning in ArmA 2, the FAL remains mostly identical to its Cold War-era predecessor save for the addition of a night vision scope-equipped variant.

It still loads from 20-round box magazines but has had its muzzle velocity increased to 900 m/s. However, its fire rate has been reduced to only 771 RPM. The FAL lacks sub-variants with accessories or muzzle attachments, but does have a dedicated model fitted with a night vision scope.

It is chiefly used as the main service weapon of both the Takistani Army and its allied milita groups. The FAL is also used in more limited numbers by their opposition, the Takistani Guerillas, and is also the favoured weapon of some ION private military contractors.

Takistani soldiers with the standard (right) and night (left) versions of the FAL.

A relatively rugged weapon as always, the FAL is a powerful battle rifle that has both good stopping power and range, being able to reliably put down targets at distances of up to 400 metres away. Depending on the user's skill however, it is entirely possible to hit targets as far away as 800 metres.

Nonetheless, despite its use of the heavier 7.62 mm NATO round, the FAL itself is not a particularly accurate weapon regardless of its range advantage over its 5.45 mm and 5.56 mm counterparts. Not only that, it also has much more noticeable recoil compared to other 7.62 mm-chambered battle rifles in its class.

This is especially apparent with the likes of the U.S. Army's M14 rifle for example; not only does the latter lack a magnified optic just like the FAL, but it has better accuracy over medium ranges and is easier to control and wield in confined spaces.


Camouflage

  • Black: Standard black/grey colour finish.

Ammunition

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
12 -0.0009324 900

The FAL supports only one type of magazine. It will occupy one inventory slot:

FN FAL Mag.

20-round box magazine loaded with 7.62 mm NATO ball ammunition. Does not contain any tracers.


Trivia

  • Unlike its Cold War Assault counterpart, the ArmA 2 FAL lacks the ability to fire on full auto and is restricted to semi-auto and 3-round burst fire modes only.

Gallery

External links

See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

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