The Fusil Automatique Léger ("Light Automatic Rifle" or FAL, nicknamed "The right arm of the Free World") is a self-loading, selective fire battle rifle with wooden furniture created in 1947 by the Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN).
It operates by means of a gas-operated action. The gas system is driven by a short-stroke, spring-loaded piston housed above the barrel, and the locking mechanism is what is known as a tilting breechblock. It uses 7.62mm ammunition with a 20-round magazine. During the Cold War, it was adopted by many NATO countries and it has been more widely used by armed forces than any other rifle in history. It's a reliable assault weapon for any terrain or tactical situation.
It is probably the best Small Gun for long range combat, far exceeding the damage of the AK47, though the M16A1 has better range. (For close combat the best are the shotguns, and especially Pancor Jackhammer). It has a Burst mode, and uses 7.62 ammunition, of which can be found tons in the game.
Can be found in two Special Encounters: Merchant and Pipboy 2000, also in Kansas City where it is carried by many ghouls.
In the arms of a female Knight
Behind the scenes
The FN FAL is a battle rifle designed by Belgian company Fabrique Nationale (FN prefix) after World War II.