FR F1

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FR F1
DCB Shooting FR F1.jpg
FR F1
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin France
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Manufacturer MAS GIAT Industries
Produced 1966-1980
Specifications
Weight 5.3 kg
Length 1200 mm
Barrel length 650 mm

Cartridge 7.5×54mm French then 7.62×51mm NATO[1]
Action Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 780 m/s
Effective firing range 800 m
Feed system 10-round detachable box magazine
Sights Telescopic 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, and is still in service with all branches of French armed forces in this version.

Design[edit]

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.[1] It was equipped with a telescopic sight, French army standard issue being an APX L806.[2] 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.[2] 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=787
  2. ^ a b http://weaponsystems.net/weaponsystem/AA05%20-%20FR-F1.html
  3. ^ a b Marchington, James (2004). The Encyclopedia of Handheld Weapons. Lewis International, Inc. ISBN 1-930983-14-X.
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35 edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.