Department of the Treasury Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

ORDER ATF 0 7540.1
9/11/74

Subject: CLASSIFICATION OF BELGIAN FN LIGHT SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE
(FAL) CALIBER 7.62mm

1. PURPOSE. This order identifies certain FN FAL 7.62mm rifles
which are not classified as machine guns and thereby are
excluded from the provisions of the National Firearms Act.

2. CANCELLATION. This directive cancels all previous
instructions concerning the classification of FAL rifles.

3. BACKGROUND. From September 5, 1959 to January 10, 1963, the
Browning Arms Company, St Louis, Missouri, imported 1,836 FAL
rifles in caliber 7.62mm from Fabrique Nationale, Herstal,
Belgium. Subsequent to January 10, 1963, the Bureau
classified this rifle as a machine gun. However it was
determined that the 1,863 rifles imported by Browning would be
exempt from the provisions of the National Firearms Act.
Additionally twelve FN FAL rifles were imported through an
administrative error in 1974. These 12 rifles are also exempt
from the provisions of the National Firearms Act.

4. EXEMPTED FAL RIFLES. Following is the final revised listing
of FAL rifles, calibre 7.62mm, which are exempt from the
provisions of the National Firearms Act.

a. G SERIES

Serial Numbers Units
G492 through G494 3
G537 through G540 4
G649 through G657 9
G662 through G673 12
G677 through G693 17
G709 through G748 40
G752 through G816 65
G848 through G1017 170
G1021 1
G1033 1
G1035 1
G1041 through G1042 2
G1174 through G1293 120
G1415 through G1524 110
G1570 through G1784 215
G1800 through G1979 180
G1981 through G1995 15
G3035 through G3134 100
G2247 through G2996 750
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1,815


b. GL SERIES

Serial Numbers Units
GL749 1
GL835 1
GL1095 through GL1098 4
GL1163 through GL1165 3
GL2004 through GL2009 6
GL3135 through GL3140 6
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21

STANDARD FAL -

Serial Numbers Units
889768 1
889772 through 889777 6
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7

c. PARATROOP MODEL

Serial Numbers Units
889800 through 889801 2
889803 1
889805 1
889809 1
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5

TOTAL EXEMPTED FAL RIFLES 1,848


5. DESCRIPTION OF MARKINGS. All G Series and GL Series FAL
rifles will be marked FAL. cal. 7.62 on the left side of the
receiver and Fabrique Nationale D'Armes De Guerre-Herstal
Belgique on the right side of the receiver. The selector
positions will be marked "S" for safe, "R" for semiautomatic,
and "A" for automatic. The selector lever is designed so that
it cannot be rotated to the automatic position.

The Standard and Paratroop Models will have the same markings
as above plus "Browning Arms Co. Arnold Mo. and Montreal P.Q."
on the right side of the magazine well. The selector lever
can be rotated to the automatic position but the rifle will
fire only semiautomatically.

6. ACTION. If a rifle bearing one of the above serial numbers has
been converted to fire full automatic, it is classified as a
machine gun and is subject to all the provisions of the
National Firearms Act.

[signed]

REX D. DAVIS
Director