At work we got in a F.A.L. and an H&k G3 to test. I haven't handled or shot either of these Rifles in years since I got into M14 type rifle. Handling these two made it so clear how superior the M14 is in handling. The F.A.L. is O.K. if you are only going to shoot right handed (which is contrary to modern training doctrin) once the F.A.L. is shot left handed, it is very awkward to operate. The H&K is even more awkward to operate regardless what hand you are shooting with. The M14 is truely user friendly in the left or right hand. The M14 also has much better sights and a much better trigger pull, not to mention it is about a pound lighter then either the G3 or F.A.L. Another plus with the M14 is that if it jams you can clear it much easier then the other two rifles because you have good access to the internal receiver and there is no place for a jammed round to hide or get stuck in. At the range I had to strip the G3 to clear one of it's malfunctions. I do believe that the F.A.L. and G3 are "good" weapons, if an M14/ M1A is not available.