The name Massad Ayoob should be familiar to readers of gun magazines and law enforcement journals. Ayoob has spent his professional life analyzing, studying and disseminating the dynamics of police work.
The FAL earned the moniker “Right Arm of the Free World” because it was adopted in over 90 countries all over the globe and was manufactured in ten different countries. It saw action in every kind of extreme climate.
If one finds himself in a situation in which he has time to use the sights, then, by all means, use the sights. However, if the conflict begins at less than ten feet, in the dark, and very rapidly, as it is statistically likely to, point firing is the way to survive.
Certainly the “entertainment media” will place an SMG in the hands of the hero, anti-hero or villain. Anyone worth paying attention to in film genres such as war, gangster, action and others, will use a submachine gun of one type or another.