|Place of origin||France|
|Used by||See Users|
|Manufacturer||MAS GIAT Industries|
|Barrel length||650 mm|
|Cartridge||7.5×54mm French then 7.62×51mm NATO|
|Muzzle velocity||780 m/s|
|Effective firing range||800 m|
|Feed system||10-round detachable box magazine|
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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, and is still in service with all branches of French armed forces in this version.
The FR F1 was first designed around the 7.5×54mm MAS cartridge before being converted to 7.62×51mm NATO ammunition when it was upgraded to FR F2 standard. It was equipped with a telescopic sight, French army standard issue being an APX L806. Its practical range is 600 to 800 meters. 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. The MAS-36 bolt action was however extensively modified and strengthened to reduce accuracy-inhibiting flex. The FR-F1 was fitted with a bipod with fully adjustable legs, mid-way along the length of the rifle.
- France: Used by the French army, but now replaced by the FR F2 sniper rifle. Snipers of the 2nd Parachute Regiment (Regiment Etranger Parachutiste; 2 REP) of the French Foreign Legion used FR F1 rifles when deployed to the Shaba province in southern Zaire in May 1978. The FR F1 rifle was also used by the GIGN counter-terrorist group in the rescue of 30 school children during a 1976 bus hijacking in Djibouti.
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