FA-MAS Type 62

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FA-MAS Type 62
Type Bullpup battle rifle
Place of origin  France
Production history
Designed 1962
Manufacturer Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne
Variants MAS-54
Weight 4.53 kg
Length 1040 mm
Barrel length 500 mm

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62 mm
Action Gas-operated
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Effective firing range 400-800 m
Feed system 20-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

The FA-MAS Type 62 was the result of 40 rifle prototypes designed by MAS between 1952 and 1962 for the French Army, including a Bullpup variant. All variants were designed to take the 7.62×51mm NATO round. It shows a resemblance to the FN FAL as well as performance, and came close to being adopted by the French military as a replacement for the MAS-49, until the new 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge become popular. However, it is also to note the FA-MAS Type 62 bayonet is used on the FAMAS.



The MAS-54 rifles were rejected due to the 7.62×51mm NATO round being difficult to control in a bullpup rifle configuration and the round being difficult to control on full-auto in the non-bullpup rifle configurations.


The MAS-55 has its gas piston underneath its barrel and operated in a similar way to the FM1924/29 machine gun but resulted in a heavy rifle for its type. [1]


The FA56 was a simpler alternative to the MAS-55 and was closer to the FN FAL.


The FA59 came with an improved stock and foregrip. It also came with a folding stock, bipod and infra-red sight as the AP61.




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