GIAT Industries FAMAS 5.56mm Assault Rifle

famas_lineart_by_masterchieffox-d49vpeuFAMAS 5.56mm Assault Rifle

by Tim Wing

The FAMAS (or FA-MAS), designated in the French army as “assault rifle 1 of 5.56mm F1 MAS model,” was a bullpup style assault rifle chambered in 5.56 × 45 mm NATO, originally manufactured by the Manufacture d’armes de Saint-Étienne and later by GIAT Industries. Commissioned in the 1970s by the French Army, the FAMAS responded to the desire for a small but powerful and easy to maintain battle rifle. The FAMAS, or the “Bugle” as it was often referred to by its users, served in the French Army until its absorption into the United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF). It also was adopted by the UN Spacy in the early years of the agency’s existence along with the AR15A4, until both were replaced by the AR21.

  • Type: Bullpup assault rifle

    FAMAS with rifle grenade
  • Place of origin: France
  • Service history: 1981–2020
  • Primary users: French Army, UN Spacy
  • Designer: Paul Tellie
  • Manufacturer: GIAT Industries
  • Produced: 1975–2000
  • Number built: 400,000
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Length: 75.7cm
  • Cartridge: 5.56×45mm NATO
  • Rate of fire: 1000–1100 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 925 m/s
  • Effective firing range: 450 m
  • Maximum firing range: 3200 meters



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