Introduction/ Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Bibliography
The rugged and powerful FN FAL battle rifle equipped the armed forces of 93 countries in the decades following World War II, and saw extensive combat use in that period, from the jungles of Vietnam to the sandy deserts of Syria. Described as the 'right arm of the Free World', the FN FAL proved its value to a generation of soldiers worldwide during the clashes of the Cold War and beyond.
Bob Cashner recently retired from forestry and is now using his free time for writing and pursuing a BA in military history. He served four years in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout, was recalled to active duty during Desert Storm, and served an additional nine years in the National Guard/Reserves. An avid hunter and shooter, he is also a collector of vintage military rifles (including three different models of the FAL). He has written one previous gunsmithing book, The Poor Man's Scout Rifle, and is a frequent contributor to World War Two History Magazine. Previously, he wrote weekly outdoor columns for three newspapers, published outdoor articles in The Boundary Waters Journal and still contributes to Backwoodsman magazine. He lives in Montana with his beloved wife and a Labrador retriever.
For those of us who did have a love affair with this rifle, it is a book that should be on our bookshelves if not in our hands, and for those who have never experienced the weapon, it's an interesting and illuminating read that may help to understand why it was so revered. - arrse.co.uk