|Canadian soldier with C7 variant|
Kymber, who was in the Canadian Armed Forces for several years, wondered if anyone had any experience with the two Canadian rifles she trained with.
One was a license produced version of the FN/FAL, the FNC 1. I have never fired the Canadian rifle, but I own a Brazilian Imbel, a British L1A1, and an Austrian STG-58. They are all license built versions of the FN/FAL.
The FAL is a really long rifle. Israel used it in the Six Day War, then phased them out in favor of the Galil. Although they wanted an Israeli built gun, the problems they had with the FAL included the length, and the fact that even with sand cuts the bolts would foul with desert dust.
The FAL kicks about like an M14. Chambered for the 7.62X51, it's a powerful rifle with a long reach and lots of hitting power. On the flip side, it's heavy, and the ammo for it is heavy as well.
This is an early Canadian FNC-1 rifle. The FN/FAL was originally produced with wooden furniture, but shortly afterwards started coming out with plastic instead. The flash suppressor on some rifles was detachable, on others not.
Magazines for the metric FN/FAL won't work with the inch Pattern L1A1 and vice versa.
Updated 0831 2 Aug 2016:
I was surprised when some of the comments, by individuals who had hands on experience, said that you can use metric mags in the L1A1, but can't use L1A1 (inch pattern) mags in the FNFAL. I have been under the impression that the magazines were not interchangeable either way. So I went on line, and checked. I found what you would expect to find. Lots of forum posts either way. So, I'm going to bow to experience on this one. I am not, in any way, shape or form, a "duty expert" on modern weapons. I own some, usually because I got a good deal on them, or wanted them for self defense purposes. But my real forte is the old (1890-1945) military rifles. I appreciate the correction, not least because now I know I can use the metric mags in my L1A1. If I had known that before I wouldn't have paid the outrageous prices I did for inch pattern mags.
The C7 looks just like an M16. I think it may have had some peculiarities though, based on some of Kymbers experiences with it.
Canada also produced the Browning Hi Power, manufactured by Inglis, for a number of years. It's a hard gun to find, and I don't have one in my collection. The gun in the picture is not an Inglis, but it's representative.