One thing the FAL had going for it...
I got the FAL clean in about 1/4th the time it takes to clean an AR.
Striping can be done in about 2 seconds if yor slow. From that point of opened action and bolt carrier removed you can clean it out and be back in action in no time.
Cleaning the gas system is easy to - but a little more involved. The FAL isnt blowing carbon laden gasses back into the action like the AR does. So it isnt -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED- in its own pool water. After a certain number of rounds, the FAL was remarkably CLEAN. The AR would have been a blackened mess at that point.
At this point - of leaving the AR family... I have no regrets or doubts. The FAL is AWESOME.
You cant get a better battle rifle.
No, I wont trade back!
I mean, if I went around saying I was an Emperor because some
moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, people would put me away!