FAMAS rifles


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natedog
January 18, 2004, 05:21 PM
I doubt any of these are in the US in civilian semi-auto only, but has anyone shot one of these rifles? Handled? I could have sworn that I saw the trademark long carry handle of one sticking out of CA Highway Patrol officers gun rack.

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Badger Arms
January 18, 2004, 05:26 PM
My dad's gun store had them for sale in the 80's, so I know a few semi-autos made it into circulation. Good rifle, hard on brass is the general word I get. I understand they have a fluted chamber. Frenchies had such a hassle, they use steel cased ammo now. By all accounts, an excellent rifle. They are compact and handle well. The ballance in my hands was superb... better than the AUG that I handled at the same time. Controls were a bit awkward, but would have been better with time. The obvious disadvantages of the bullpup design were all that I would highlight. Were it me, I'd pick it over any other bullpup I've handled.

Badger Arms
January 18, 2004, 05:35 PM
Just a note, it's listed in the 1987 Gun Digest as being imported by Century Arms.

TonyRumore
January 18, 2004, 05:46 PM
I believe Century imported about 50 or so FAMAS rifles. There was also a .22RF copy imported by Mitchel Arms that was made by Armi Jager in Italy. I have one of those with a suppressor on it.

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