FR F1

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FR F1
DCB Shooting FR F1.jpg
FR F1
TypeSniper rifle
Place of originFrance
Service history
Used bySee Users
WarsShaba II
Opération Tacaud[1]
Lebanese Civil War[2]
Gulf war[3]
Production history
ManufacturerMAS GIAT Industries
Produced1966–1980
Specifications
Mass5.2 kg[4]
Length1138 mm[4]
Barrel length552 mm[4]

Cartridge7.5×54mm French
7.62×51mm NATO
ActionBolt-action
Muzzle velocity852 m/s[4]
Effective firing range800 m[4]
Feed system10-round detachable box magazine[4]
SightsTelescopic sight

The FR F1 is a precision rifle used by French sharpshooters. It was manufactured by MAS (an abbreviation of Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne - one of several government-owned arms factories in France). It has been upgraded to FR F2 standard, which is still in service with all branches of French armed forces.

Design[edit]

The FR F1 was designed around the 7.5×54mm MAS cartridge but versions in 7.62×51mm NATO also exist. It was equipped with a telescopic sight, French army standard issue being an Model 53 bis. Its practical range is 800 meters.[4] It is a very accurate sniper rifle, due to its quality, rear locking helical lugs that cam the bolt forward during closure to obtain optimal cartridge seating, free-floating barrel and efficient combined muzzle brake/stabilizer that dampens the barrel vibrations.

The FR F1 utilizes the same basic bolt design as the older MAS-36 infantry rifle.[4] The MAS-36 bolt action was however extensively modified and strengthened to reduce accuracy-inhibiting flex.[citation needed] The FR-F1 was fitted with a bipod with fully adjustable legs, mid-way along the length of the rifle.[4]

Three variants have been produced: the sniper rifle, the Tir sportif (target rifle) and the Grande chasse, for Big-game hunting, with APX 804 sight.[4]

Users[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cadiou, Yves (January 2008). Opération Tacaud, première Opex (in French). 5 Sens Editions. ISBN 978-2-9531265-0-1.
  2. ^ Katz, Sam; Russell, Lee E. (25 Jul 1985). Armies in Lebanon 1982–84. Men-at-Arms 165. Osprey Publishing. p. 43. ISBN 9780850456028.
  3. ^ Windrow, Martin (15 Nov 1996). French Foreign Legion: Infantry and Cavalry since 1945. Men-at-Arms 300. Osprey Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 9781855326217.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "FR-F1 sniper rifle". Jane's Infantry Weapons 1996-1997. 24 April 1996.
  5. ^ a b Marchington, James (2004). The Encyclopedia of Handheld Weapons. Lewis International, Inc. ISBN 1-930983-14-X.
  6. ^ Meyr, Eitan (January 6, 1999). "Special Weapons for Counter-terrorist Units". Jane's — Law Enforcement. Archived from the original on March 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  7. ^ Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35 edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
  8. ^ "Gendarmerie royale marocaine". force-publique.net. Retrieved 18 June 2018.