DS ARMS SA58 PARA CONGO 7.62mm

Capturing the spirit and bravery of the Belgian paratroopers in…

Capturing the spirit and bravery of the Belgian paratroopers in Operation Dragon Rouge during the Congo Crisis in the 1960s, DS Arms’ SA58 Para Congo rifle in 7.62x51mm offers operators a compact and powerful semi-automatic variant

While the AK may rightly claim the title of being the most prolific military arm of the modern world, the 7.62x51mm Belgian FAL (which stands for Fusil Automatique Léger or “light automatic rifle”) from famed arms-maker Fabrique Nationale is certainly in the running for the number two spot. Adopted for service by numerous countries during the Cold War era of the 20th century and produced in dizzying numbers, the FAL in its many iterations has in some cases served on both sides of a regional conflict or proxy war.

The Congo Crisis

And when it comes to a single continent where there appears to be a notable preponderance of FALs (as well as other 7.62x51mm military arms), Africa seems to be a particularly accommodating home to these prolific designs. This is likely due, in no small part, to the vast numbers produced, as well as the unique relationship between many of these former colonies and the Western European nations they’re affiliated with. From the colonial to the post-colonial era, the transitional phases for these nations were unfortunately often punctuated with violence and in many cases led to armed conflicts.

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The barrel has a Belgian Short Flash Suppressor” that features a serrated face and four groups of three venting ports around its circumference

A classic example of this is what is commonly known as the Congo Crisis, which developed during the years of political unrest in the former Belgian colony, following Belgium’s official declaration of Congo’s independence in 1960. The threat of civil war appeared almost immediately, leading the United Nations to move peacekeeping troops into the country and to maintain them there for three years.

And when it comes to a single continent where there appears to be a notable preponderance of FALs (as well as other 7.62x51mm military arms), Africa seems to be a particularly accommodating home to these prolific designs. This is likely due, in no small part, to the vast numbers produced, as well as the unique relationship between many of these former colonies and the Western European nations they were affiliated with. From the colonial to the post-colonial era, the transitional phases for these nations were unfortunately often punctuated with violence and in many cases led to armed conflicts.

A classic example of this is what is commonly known as the Congo Crisis, which developed during the years of political unrest in the former Belgian colony, following Belgium’s official declaration of Congo’s independence in 1960. The threat of civil war appeared almost immediately, leading the United Nations to move peacekeeping troops into the country and to maintain them there for three years.

Unfortunately, less than a month after the withdrawal of UN troops from Congo, fighting broke out down ethnic and political divides. As a rebel antigovernment faction violently gained control of large sections of the nation, foreign governments warned their citizens to leave the country for their own safety. The crisis spread to Stanleyville, where large numbers of Europeans and Americans were located, which was overrun and captured by rebels. Shortly, a number of these foreigners were taken hostage. This led to the Congo Crisis.

In fear of the hostages’ lives, the United States and Belgium jointly developed an intervention plan dubbed “Dragon Rouge,” which entailed having American air transports move a small force of Belgian paratroopers into Congo to intervene on behalf of the hostages if negotiations with the rebels failed (which they ultimately did). While some hostages were brutally killed by rebels during the rescue, operation Dragon Rouge was ultimately a success. It resulted in the rescue and removal of the majority of the hostages, due to the consummate skill and top-tier equipment of the Belgian paratroops delivered with the help of American air power.

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  • Ergo

    who ever proof read this article needs to be taken into the street and shot with a fal.

  • shotgunnr

    ha ha ha…. I concur, been there, done that.

  • Peter

    Let me inform the Newbies – the FN FAL family of rifles KICK like fucking mules. The combination of long stroke gas piston design AND short recoil spring means there is only ONE place that 7.62×51 powereis going to go – and that’s your shoulder. Toughen up Son and heft more weights if you want some real put down power.