I have owned a FAL an AR-10 and most of these so called assault rifles but if all were laid out in front of me and allowed only one it would be the AK. The only other rifle that has come close to the reliability of the AK is the Ruger 7.62 x 39 Ranch Rifle. If I had to pick the worst of the bunch it would be the AR all the way back to the M-16. God only knows how many were killed with their M-16 ripped apart trying to get it to funtion.The FAL is in fact an AMAZING battle rifle, simply misunderstood here in the States United, it should never have been made as a Full Auto rifle, and lumping it in with those is a disservice. I would say in all honesty that the FAL can hold it's own with the M-14/M1-A and when properly set up, makes an even better DMR then the M-21! There is a reason it's called "The Right Arm of the Free World" it was selected to arm over 90 countries, far out pacing it's contemporaries such as the G-3 and M-14! A lot of the hate and misunderstanding with it comes from the lack of good rifles, instead having to source through kits and some times shady builders like Century, so they are very much hit and miss! Once you get a good one, you best hang on to it and you really have something special!
Think of them like the AK, but for adults!