The FAMAS is a French, 5.56mm, assault rifle, with a bullpup configuration. It is in service with the French armed forces and Foreing Legion since 1978 and saw combat action in the Gulf War (1991) and Afghanistan. It was developed by the State-run firm Manufacture d’Arm de Saint Etienne, which has produced it in two variants: FAMAS F1 and G2; the latter is an upgraded version of the former, featuring a bigger trigger guard, a new barrel with tighter rifling grooves, and accepting 30-round STANAG magazines. Chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO, this french rifle has a blowback auto-loading system, with the receiver and moving parts assembly located behind the trigger. The fire selector includes four modes: safe, single-shot, 3-round burst, and fully automatic. To select the different settings, one has to move a lever in the trigger guard and another one situated behind the magazine (to select the 3-round burst). Although it is easy to field strip and maintain, the F1 version is not entirely reliable, showing stoppage problems arising out of bronze cartridge usage and its delayed blowback mechanism. Presently, the French Army is looking for another rifle to replace it.


Weight: 3.61 kg

Barrel length: 48.8 cm

Muzzle velocity: 960 m/s

Effective range: 450 m




FAMAS in action

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