Jerry Miculek and the Rare Full-Auto FN CAL Assault Rifle

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, Videos

Shooting fast is nothing new for Jerry Miculek. In fact Jerry can shoot, reload and empty a revolver faster than most can empty the magazine on a semi-auto. However, even Jerry takes a break once in awhile to go full auto—especially when he gets his hands on something as rare as the FN CAL Assault Rifle. The FN CAL was the first FN to be chambered in 5.56x45mm.

FN only produced about 30,000 of the early CAL rifles that not only featured a full auto selector, but also a burst mode. Watch Jerry run this piece of firearm history as only a world champion speed shooter can.

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Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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  • Patrick

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    In the late 60’s my father was the Co of the 529th MI Co.. They ran an weapons familiarization program. One of the CAL’s came in and I got to shoot it with the other weapons. I liked it better than the 16’s. But…. I was told the US wasn’t going to use them, a M-16 at that time was about 100 $. The CAL was much more. The British weren’t interested either because of cost. Real shame. I can see a place for it today as a sporter.

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  • G-Man

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    This appeared to me as a fairly interesting rifle in 5.56, so I did some quick research and discovered it was designed with the intention of taking the best aspects of both the AR and AK platforms and meshing them into one rifle. As a result, it also can accept standard AR style magazines.

    Only 30,000 were produced between 1966 – 1975, but still can be had for around $3500.00 based on a private sale ad I found dated as recent as September 2013. Of course the BATFE has forced the modification to a semi-auto sear so it is not full auto at this price. However, one can always submit the paperwork and pay the stamp for a full auto sear for around another $3000.00.

    So for around $6500.00 an enthusiast can own a full auto which easily beats the average $20,000 price tag of other full autos.

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