FN FAL With an Original FN Scope

When the FN FAL was first being sold, many militaries that bought it opted to mount optics on a small percentage of their rifles. These military setups used a variety of different optics and mounts, and led FN to develop their own OEM solution. By the 1970s, the FN industrial conglomerate including an optics workshop, and so they produced their own 4x optics for the FAL and FNC rifles. We have an example of one here today, a 4x28mm FN scope on an FAL. Note that the lack of specific designation on the BDC cam indicated that it is a 7.62x51mm BDC; the ones intended for 5.56mm in the FNC rifles are marked “SS109”, “109” or “92”, depending on the 5.56mm loading they are calibrated for.

Sold for $4,600 at the December 2019 RIA Premier auction.


  1. Hi Ian, Did you know that Fabricaciones Militares in Argentina made a “civilian” version of the FAL? It has a locally design firing group that cannot be converted into full auto. Also it has a muzzle brake that won’t accept a bayonet. They were sold locally in the 90’s for about U$S400. I got one. If you want pics let me know

  2. I’m puzzled that the scope can hold zero when he top cover is removed and put back on – something I struggle with using a picatinny rail on my hunting rifle.

  3. Holding zero is a relative thing. Were are talking of minute of bad guy here, not minute of angle.
    And flexing of the top cover is also part of the equation.

  4. The scope elevation and windage knob detents are fit to a single leaf spring with two legs that are positioned about 90 degrees apart. One spring leg for each knob detent. That leaf spring with its retention screw, along with the elevation and windage knobs, are identical to that of the Zeiss Diavari-DA scope used on an HK SG1. That leads me to believe that this scope was actually manufactured by Zeiss.

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  6. Did anyone else think that was an especially nice looking rifle? Great fit and finish ,machining , proportion etc. It would have been a great DMR. Head to Head with a SVD of similar vintage ,scope etc.

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