(Note: the original artist's comments has been deleted and changed to what you read now.)
Alrighty, so I have this rifle a long time ago and had long since sold it off and I have been looking back at my older comments on firearms like this and realized how.... "Immature" some of my artist's comments were, so here is a new artist's comments with actual info and professional opinions and the like. = )
Where to start.....
Maybe I should start with the company that pieced this rifle together and sent it out. The company Century Arms is well known for taking military surplus guns and either selling them as they are or doing modifications such as recalibering (Such as with a lot of MAS 36s that were recalibered from 7.5 French to 7.62x51 NATO) and also taking gun kits or pieces of a same type of gun and slapping them all together. This often comes out with mixed results at best.
I slam the company a lot for their modifications to many historical firearms and how they lazily slap together random parts until they look like a gun and than ship them out, but to be fair. They aren't the worst company in history and they are one of the few companies they deal for the most part in military surplus. Something that is rare in many other companies. It's just that you have to know exactly what your dealing with when you see one of their guns on the shelf or stand in a firearms store or a pawn shop. Field stripping and closely looking over the firearm in person is a must!
Even than though, it's the roll of the dice on whether the CA gun you are getting will atleast work or will immediately suffer failures or damages.
Lucky the FAL I bought a long time ago worked without flaws. I'm thankful for that.
Anyway a little history on the rifle. Most Americans tend to match the Russian AKM against the US M-16, but in my opinion. The FN FAL deserves that spot, the FN FAL was the true blue (pardon the pun) challenger to the iconic weapon of the Soviet Union and Communist forces everywhere. Unlike the M-16 which never really made it out of it's own country as a frontline weapon of choice besides a few nations like Australia (Which didn't last long before it was kicked out for the AUG and was NEVER popular with Aussie troops in Vietnam due to it being a piece of garbage), Israel (surprisingly, though now being replaced by the Tavor TAR-21) and Canada or the M-14 which didn't really become issued to anyone but the US military at all. The FN FAL served well over 90
Nations, many of them NATO or NATO-allied nations. Giving it the fitting title "The Right Arm of the Free World."
The FN FAL was made by FNH (Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal = National Factory of Herstal) which is a company famous for it's designs such as the Browning Hi-Power, the FN P90, The FN Seven-Five and the SCAR Light and Heavy rifles. It also has produced the Browning M2 .50 Caliber Machinegun since the 1930s.
It is in my opinion one of the best firearms companies that has even existed. = )
Anyway, The few times I used this particular FAL rifle I will confess I didn't enjoy it too much, The rear sight was extremely tiny and the trigger pull was ridiculously heavy compared to rifles like the M14. I believe this is because of whatever Century Arms did to make the gun sale legally in the USA or because they decided to add their own personal opinion touches to the rifle. = P
I can't really say anything too nasty about the rifle though, it worked and I did score some hits with the rifle which tells me that it could be accurate if you could deal with it's heavy trigger, but otherwise. It is what it is, i'm just grateful it went BANG instead of a sickening metallic snap so for the most part, I did roll the dice well when I bought this gun. = P
Like I said though, sold it about a year ago I believe.
Anyway, hope this all helps and your enjoyed reading this. = )