Is that an SLR I see before me?

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Picture from Libya today. Whichever side is fielding them is bound to win!
 

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The FAL's dont seem to be your SLR version. Flash Suppressors are standard Belgian. A heavy barrel version looked suspiciously like the ones the IDF used to use in the 60's short wood handguard, bipod attached at muzzle. Norinco and Iranian Amig and Spain are the suppliers of 106mm Recoilless ammo according to the crates
 
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But it is an oldie with the wooden handguard and butt. I believe that most non-British FALs had bipods and long flash suppressors. That doesn't immediately make it a support fire version.
 
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Does anyone else think it strange that the Belgians, our peaceful and well governed kiddy fiddling NATO allies, the same Belgians who concientiously objected to sell us back British 120mm tank ammo before the second Gulf war, but seem to have no problem at all in selling masses of FN FAL rifles to the enlightened Libyan government.
 
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Does anyone else think it strange that the Belgians, our peaceful and well governed kiddy fiddling NATO allies, the same Belgians who concientiously objected to sell us back British 120mm tank ammo before the second Gulf war, but seem to have no problem at all in selling masses of FN FAL rifles to the enlightened Libyan government.
Nothing strange there, one was politics and the other was hard cold cash.

If our political "elite" can stand in front of a camera and pontificate about rights and freedoms with a straight face while the people with them are busily selling anything and everything that can go bang to anyone who can put up the money then we have no room to talk.

Gun running/defense industry - same thing really.
 
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Does anyone else think it strange that the Belgians, our peaceful and well governed kiddy fiddling NATO allies, the same Belgians who concientiously objected to sell us back British 120mm tank ammo before the second Gulf war, but seem to have no problem at all in selling masses of FN FAL rifles to the enlightened Libyan government.
Are you seriously expecting politicians to let something like morality or common sense to get in the way of political expediency or the chance to make a buck? Come on Cernunnos, you've been here longer than I have!

As long as we get our rulers by selecting them on their ability to get elected, rather than their ability to actually, ehhh, rule; we will continue to see stuff like that.
 
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Does anyone else think it strange that the Belgians, our peaceful and well governed kiddy fiddling NATO allies, the same Belgians who concientiously objected to sell us back British 120mm tank ammo before the second Gulf war, but seem to have no problem at all in selling masses of FN FAL rifles to the enlightened Libyan government.
How long ago were these FALs sold to Libya?

Cuba has FAL's sold to them in 1956, doesnt mean the Belgians approved of Castro, just fulfilling the contract at the time.

Consider Libya adopted the FAL in 1963.
 
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Probably the FN fully automatic version. I was a better shot over 400m with the SLR than with a SA80.
Did you ever fire the SLR in fully automatic mode? It was totally uncontrollable!
 
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Pongo's post "Did you ever fire the SLR in fully automatic mode? It was totally uncontrollable!" whilst accurate is not new. The Germans found that out with the FGw 42 in 7.92, Uncle Sam failed to learn the lesson from them and had to relearn it with the M14. They should have known from WWII trials in the Pacific Theatre with a go-faster Garand. Full power shoulder arms on full auto are uncontrollable.
 
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It that the reason the new Sharpshooter rifle L129A1 is only single shot with no burst or full automatic capability.
 
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A 2 in oner .303 and SLR.You made my day. :)
I don't know about anyone else, but I was very pleased to find the kick from the SLR was nowhere near as fierce as the SMLE! Mind you, the AR-10 was even softer. I'd left long before they started using the SA80 pop-gun so I can't comment on that.
The use of night vision and optics in general would have been extremely difficult to fit to a standard SLR for general use.
 
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