Fabrique Nationale FAL 50.41

Using the same components as the LAR (Light Automatic Rifle), FN has developed a sustained-fire rifle, the LAR HB, that differs from the LAR only by having a barrel that is twice as heavy, a strengthened wraparound handguard and a factory installed bipod. This weapon adds considerably to the flexibility of the FN 7.62 (.308) family. Para-troopers, marines and other assault units are often called on to carry out operations where the use of heavier and more cumbersome machine guns is quite different. However, the defense of command posts, communications, logistic or field hospital installations requires the use of very simple and inexpensive automatic weapons since the soldiers in these units are not primarily trained to serve a machine gun. The LAR HB is the ideal solution for several reasons: it is quite compact considering its role; it handles just as easily as the standard LAR; cartridges, magazines and parts are interchangable with those of the LAR; and it assures highly accurate sustained fire to support riflemen in the critical phases of an assualt disengagement, a landing or mopping up operations...

information courtesy of FN HERSTAL