One of my favorite rifles. mine has a sturdy topcover scopemount, and i can do head shots at 500 yds. It would do better but I cant shoot any better than that. in the hands of my friend the former Marine sniper its like magic. Really something to behold to see him clanking a 12'' gong at 700 yds.
way back in the day we were doing our thing way back in "boonie" land , we had to meet up with some south african mercs.
some of them could sort of speak english kinda--LOL anyway they all carried FNFAL rifles.
the could have used m16s, HKs or AKs --the FNFAL was their baby--
i have had several over the years metrics, inch pattern , 58s -- i bought one of the metrics at a gun show in the 80s for $220 with the tri-lux scops set up and a box of mags -(think big box)-LOL
i won't say the FN-FAL is not without a few distractions though most can be tuned out of the system.
the biggest problem with one today ain't the weapon it is it shoots rather expensive
7.62x51 nato ammo.
so if you shoot um like we did decades ago the ammo is going to be far more costly than the rifle itself.
back then surplus ammo was everywhere and dirt cheap. today 5.56 is going for nearly $1 ROUND-- a $1,700 FNFAL is not unreasonable as it is a lot of iron for the $$ today. the problem today is the ammo. it is a wee bit late to be stocking up on .308 less you won a lotto recently.
I've just posted a kit with 922r parts in the Classifieds. Have a receiver available too.
I do not consider myself a marksman, but, the one FAL I had a chance to shoot was easy to get good groups. If I had that one or one like it, I would be very happy. I might even trade away a couple of my other toys (ha, ha, just kidding!). But, I was impressed with the one I got to target shoot with.