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LAPA FA Modelo 03
LAPA FA Mod 3.svg
The LAPA FA-03 with a bayonet attached.
Type Bullpup assault rifle
Place of origin Brazil
Production history
Designer Nelmo Suzano
Designed 1970s-1980s
Manufacturer LAPA-Laboratorio de Pesquisa de Armamentos Automaticos, SC/Ltda
Produced 1978/1982
No. built 1 prototype built[1]
Weight 3.2 kg (7.1 lb) (empty)[2]
Length 735 mm (28.9 in)
Barrel length 490 mm (19 in)

Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO (5.56×45mm non-NATO standard (55-grains M193 "Ball" cartridge))
Caliber 5.56mm
Action Gas-operated, Rotating bolt
Rate of fire 700 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 975 m/s (3,200 ft/s)
Effective firing range 550 m (600 yd)
Feed system 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine (STANAG 4179)
Sights Fixed front sight, adjustable rear sight, patterned after US M16 rifle

The FA Modelo 03 rifle was an individual firearm of bullpup design developed by Nelmo Suzano at his own-funded company, Laboratorio de Pesquisa de Armamentos Automaticos, SC/Ltda, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The name stands for the Portuguese "Fuzil de Assalto Modelo 03" (English: "Model 3 Assault Rifle").

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LAPA FA 03 assault rifle (Brazil)". Modern Firearms. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Olive, Ronaldo. "Brazilian LAPA FA Modelo 03". Forgotten Weapons. Archived from the original on 3 Dec 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2014.