The FAL in Call of Duty has been neglected for a long time but is currently experiencing a boost. In theory, it’s one of the most powerful weapons, but there’s a tricky point.
Another One Bites the Nerf
The nerf to the MP5 and Grau 5.56 is having a positive effect on other weapons. FAL was one of those weapons, finally stepping into the bright light.
As the only semi-automatic assault rifle apart from the special edition CR-56 AMAX, the gun has been neglected for a long time, especially in Warzone. Why bother when Grau can clear everything without a problem even at sniper distance with a much higher rate of fire.
Due to the semi-automatic mode, the gun is simply not playable for a long time on shorter distances than its fully automatic opponents. However, the patch that reduced Grau’s power increased its strength. That’s what you call a perfect storm.
What’s in a Buff?
Prior to that update, FAL did the same damage for about 40 meters before falling significantly. Now the damage to the first 19 meters has been greatly increased and can extend to 27 meters with attachments. Within this range, the gun kills with just one shot in the head and a few shots in the body.
This support has raised its reputation in Warzone, namely where it currently holds the fastest kill time stat of any assault rifle type. Its 360 milliseconds is 200 milliseconds lower than the M4A1.
The catchability is, of course, in the weapon’s semi-automatic nature. You have to hit every single shot and quickly, otherwise you might be sucked before you can say “Battlefield sucks”.
FAL Set for Success
If you want to try the FAL, we recommend this setup:
- Muzzle: Monolith silencer
- Barrel: XRK Shooter
- Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
- Ammunition: 30-round magazine
- Handle: Patterned grip tape
Silencers and gun barrel are must-haves as they are required to reach the mentioned 27-meter damaged area. Of course, silencers do what silencers do too – it keeps you quiet. The Foregrip Commando provides increased shot stability, which is another must-have in semi-automatic guns like the FAL.
A large magazine in Warzone is an advantage, allowing you to take down as many armored enemies as needed. Finally, with patterned tape, we speed up our aim and sprint to shoot, which can be especially helpful when fighting at shorter distances. For the Modern Warfare multiplayer, where the number of enemies is less, we recommend replacing the larger magazine with a laser to reduce aiming time even more.
Another recommended setup for FAL
- Monolithic Suppressor
- XRK Marksman
- VLK 3.0x Optic
- 30 Round Mags
- Merc Foregrip
The monolithic suppressor and XRK Marksman barrel will help to expand your effective range, you can swap out a short optical range like the Viper Reflex Sight instead of the VLK 3.0x Optic, but we think the viewfinder FAL iron is not clean enough to use.
Finally, the Merc Foregrip will help minimize recoil, while 30 Round Mags give you enough ammo to theoretically take down 6 enemies before having to reload. If you want to get back a little more maneuverable then you can always choose 24 Round Bullets instead – still enough rounds to earn a few kills per bullet.