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Imbel md2.jpg
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Brazil
Service history
In service 1997-present
Used by Brazilian Army
Brazilian Military Police
Brazilian National Public Security Force
Production history
Manufacturer IMBEL
Variants MD97L, MD97LC
Weight 3.7 kg (MD97L), 3.3 kg (MD97LC)
Length 1010 mm (MD97L), 850 mm (MD97LC)
Barrel length 437 mm

Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO
Rate of fire 950 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 920 m/s
Effective firing range 600 m
Maximum firing range 3800 m
Feed system 30-round STANAG magazines

The IMBEL MD97 is a Brazilian assault rifle used by the Brazilian Army, Special Forces, and police forces.


The MD97 is a selective-fire or semi-automatic assault rifle that has been produced by IMBEL in Brazil since 1997. It is based upon the IMBEL MD2, which is itself based upon the FN FAL.


MD97L- standard full-size, selective-fire version for use with Brazilian Army.

MD97LM- MD97L with the addition of MIL-STD-1913 rails for mounting scopes and tactical attachments intended for use by Brazilian Special forces.

MD97LC- compact, semi-automatic only version for use with domestic police forces.[1]


In popular culture[edit]

  • The MD97L is featured in the 2012 video game, Max Payne 3 and in Sniper: Ghost Warrior.


See also[edit]