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The FAMAS (Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne, in English "Assault Rifle from the Saint-Étienne Weapon Factory")[1] is a bullpup-styled assault rifle designed and manufactured in France.[2] It's the main assault rifle of the French Army, French Air Force, and French Navy since 1980. It was also sold for export.

Designed in 1973 FAMAS uses a 5.56mm NATO (.223) caliber cartridge. Muzzle velocity is between 925m/s and 960m/s following variants.

Variants[change | change source]


Civil[change | change source]

Military[change | change source]

  • FAMAS F1, built between 1979 and 1992 for French militaries.
    • FAMAS Commando, variant of F1 specially designed for special forces, shorter than original.
    • FAMAS Export, variant of F1 specially designed for foreign customers.
  • FAMAS G1, alternatively transition built in 1995 to prepare for the arrival of French troops in the G2.
  • FAMAS G2, new generation more light, and using special weapons.
    • FAMAS FELIN, variant of G2 specially designed for urban fights and close sniping .

Gouvernemental users[change | change source]

French Air Force riflemen with FAMAS.
Djiboutian soldiers with FAMAS.

Militaries and polices of that countries uses FAMAS.

References[change | change source]

  1. (in French)http://www.nolasco.fr/catalogue/FAMAS.htm
  2. (in French)http://www.defense.gouv.fr/terre/equipements/armement-individuel-et-collectif/famas