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Apples and Oranges. AKs are classified as assault carbines. FALs / L1A1s are classified as Light Machine Guns / Battle Rifles. AKs are spray and pray, hence the reason that large capacity AK drum magazines are so popular. FALs have the ability to reach out and touch the enemy.

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The BAR my father was issued
My buddy's dad carried a BAR in Aachen, the first German city entered by US troops in 1944. (I recall Stephen Ambrose saying in a lecture series, that's where American commanders learned the most important lesson about urban warfare: Don't do it.)

My buddy's dad never talked about it. I happened to work with him for a while in a small business, and regret not bearding the lion with something like, "Forty years is long enough - what was it like?"

Recently his son had an opportunity to buy a BAR semi- built by the Ohio shop. I told him the following, pretty certain what the outcome would be:

"Thirty years from now your grandson will say to people, 'My great-grandfather carried this in the Battle of Aachen.'"

I think my buddy ordered it the next day. 😁 I felt slightly evil but have no regrets. :)
 
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