Rhodesian FAL | In Depth Look

Rhodesian FAL | In Depth Look

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Rhodesian FAL R1 South African Rifle

0:00 Intro
0:40 R1 FAL Rifle
2:09 History
3:04 Lower + Magazine
4:24 Handguards
5:18 Rack Number
6:47 RA Numbers
7:52 Rhodesian Paint
9:53 Rifle Grenades
10:40 Provenance + Carry Handle
11:43 Rear Sight
12:04 Halbek Device
13:09 Prototype + Rhodesian Magazines
17:10 R1 Bayonet
17:55 Disassembly
23:23 Re-Assembly
24:05 Shooting


  1. tn reloaderguy on December 25, 2022 at 12:56 am

    interesting . i thought all south african fals sent to rhodesia where sanitized so they couldn’t be traced back to south africa . i had neighbors back in the early 70’s from rhodesia , loved the story’s he told . now a said but true story , knew a guy back before 86 . the machinegun ban time . he got a fal from a guy at a great price . it was a sanitized fal had the original camo paint on it . and he removed all of it ! sadly he screwed up a very historical piece . when he found out he repainted it with spray paint ! but it never looked right again . i wonder if he still has it ? 83 was a long time ago . great job talking about the fals .

  2. johnharlan100 on December 25, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Is this the rifle used in the movie Moffie?

  3. Toska on December 25, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Is the friend of yours in this video the same friend who you did that classic SVT-40 shooting video with that is now deleted and lost to time?

  4. Tony Howell on December 25, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Loved the detail in the Rhodesian fal video. Keep em coming. Subbed

  5. Rhodesia_at_war789 on December 25, 2022 at 12:58 am

    The British L1a1 was used there to 👍🏻 grate vid

  6. Khyber Machinist on December 25, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Question. Are double rack numbers on Zimbabwean furniture common? On the video I have of my Rhoady clone on my channel, both red and white enamel rack numbers were present on the stock when I bought it from Apex.

  7. el tenda's channel on December 25, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Love the tune

  8. Franz Liszt on December 25, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I like your Hitler mustache.

  9. 7.62 Rhodes on December 25, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Thumbs up for you. Spot on.

  10. ramadhan baihaqi on December 25, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Nice video,i like it! 👍

  11. Dude Stuff on December 25, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Excellent information and the title is correct, this is the ultimate Rhodesian FAL video. No one’s been able to tell me what those prototype magazines were until now. I have a few and they’ve run flawless. Do you know how many that guy made?

  12. 🌸Cody Von.🌸 on December 25, 2022 at 1:09 am

    FN FAL and HK G3 are the Guardians of Rhodesia

  13. Ostap Ryotosez on December 25, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Stock length has to do with the largely Dutch decended people who are the tallest people on earth, the shorter stocks were adopted for indigenous Africans who were substantially shorter and had difficulty shouldering the longer rifles.

  14. Andy J on December 25, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Many thanks for the shout out for ‘the Gasworks’
    For your information the difference in the Grenade Launcher Sights is down to different types of Rifle grenades being used. The early one is for Energa/Strim 60 HEAT anti-armour grenades, while the shorter one is for the 40 Zulu Anti Personnel Grenade.
    Hope that helps.

  15. USAR8888 on December 25, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I wonder if the legendary Darrell Watt ever carried one of those bad boys!

  16. HSTWO DRAINAGE. on December 25, 2022 at 1:23 am

    RA-4950 Was the number of my rifle.

  17. A. C. on December 25, 2022 at 1:24 am

    New video hooray. 🙌🏻

  18. Holymustache on December 25, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Those two are fantastic examples
    I am really glad that you were able to get your hands on them
    moreover the prototype mags
    Your collection keeps getting better and better !

    I saw a review a while ago about Rhodesian FALs and I recall that they mention that the reason these don’t have carrying handles is that they removed them after an incident in which an ejected brass case was deflected after hitting the handle then hit the shooter’s face and caused him an injury.

  19. Prince Vashisht /TheDogra on December 25, 2022 at 1:24 am

    A long time ago some very fine gentlemen in short shorts Armed with FN FAL’s
    tried to make this world a better place.

  20. johnharlan100 on December 25, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Everybody’s free to feel good, what a great song. Great video too! probably feels good shooting that rifle too, haha

  21. Hudson Chalmers on December 25, 2022 at 1:28 am

    The Rifle grenades, if I recall were not very reliable.47 years ago Zulu 32 I think. Dont forget you had to make sure you had the different cartridge(Balast) in to propel the grenade. Sometimes guys forgot and 762 normal or tracer had not been removed

  22. Robert Bradbery on December 25, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Australian Army troops used the L1A1 SLR 7.62 in Vietnam.
    Serious stopping power and reliable.

  23. Ian de Waal on December 25, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Wow guys thank you so much, very very informative. I served in the South African army and bush war in 1984 and 85. What memories these rifles bring back. My first year I carried the R1 (FAL), used to just call it R1 or FN. R1 South African made and FN the Belgian import.
    Second year our unit switched over to the South African made R4 (5.56mm Galil – copied under licence)
    Both excellent rifles but the FAL will always be my favourite. Still have 2 magazines, will certainly treasure them a bit more after watching this.

  24. Nick Blackmer on December 25, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Love this, found you thanks to Andy’s Gasworks. Definitely looking forward to watching this channel grow!

  25. el tenda's channel on December 25, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Awesome as usual

  26. Saptarshi Biswas on December 25, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Bro, your microphone isn’t catching the full sound of this thing firing. This gun has an authoritative bang which reverberates through the atmosphere; your microphone is catching a very muffled version of it.
    Having the full audio makes videos more exciting.

  27. Cosmoline And grits for breakfast on December 25, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Unbelievable collection ! Always great content from this channel.

  28. Ryan Long on December 25, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Awesome vid, my father would pay a substantial amount for a genuine having fought in the Rhodesian bush war himself. He talks about the FN FAL often.

  29. Logical Guy on December 25, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I carried one for 2 years in the SA Commandos mine was all black. A dress code tip for you when wearing your bush hat. The vertical stitch seam on your hat goes to the back. They used to hammer us for it saying your but crack is at the back. LOL

  30. Hudson Chalmers on December 25, 2022 at 1:52 am

    We never had camouflage on our Rifles, which were black.1973 we had the FN Belgian model. I had that thru out

  31. ASUPREMELOVE on December 25, 2022 at 1:52 am

    One interesting note about the Zimbabwean paint vs Rhodesian paint. The Zim paint can flake off with just your fingernail but the Rhodesian paint is hard as nails.