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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") is a bullpup-styled assault rifle designed and manufactured in France. 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.


FAMAS-F1 vs G2



  • 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

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

Militaries and polices of that countries uses FAMAS.

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See also

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