FA-MAS Type 62

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FA-MAS Type 62
TypeBattle Rifle
Place of originFrance
Production history
ManufacturerManufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne
Mass4.53 kg
Length1040 mm
Barrel length500 mm

Cartridge7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber7.62 mm
Rate of fire600 rpm
Effective firing range400–800 m
Feed system20-round detachable box magazine
SightsIron sights

The FA-MAS Type 62 is a 7.62×51mm NATO rifle developed by the French Army as a replacement for the MAS-49/56.[1][2] It was the last in series of 40 different prototype rifles designed between 1952 and 1962,[3][4] and bears a resemblance to the FN FAL.[5] However, the introduction of the 5.56×45mm cartridge caused the French to rethink their approach and the project was eventually cancelled. The Type 62's bayonet was later adopted for use on the FAMAS rifle.



The MAS-55 has its gas piston underneath its barrel and operated in a similar way to the FM1924/29 light machine gun but resulted in a heavy rifle for its type. [6]


The Type-56 was a simpler alternative to the Type-55 and was closer to the FN FAL.


The Type-59 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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