FA-MAS Type 62

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FA-MAS Type 62
Type Battle Rifle
Place of origin  France
Production history
Designed 1962
Manufacturer Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne
Specifications
Weight 4.53 kg
Length 1040 mm
Barrel length 500 mm

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62 mm
Action Gas-operated
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Effective firing range 400-800 m
Feed system 20-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

The FA-MAS Type 62 is a 7.62×51mm NATO rifle developed by the French Army as a replacement for the MAS-49/56.[1][2] It was the last in series of 40 different prototype rifles designed between 1952 and 1962,[3][4] and bears a resemblance to the FN FAL.[5] However, the introduction of the 5.56×45mm cartridge caused the French to rethink their approach and the project was eventually cancelled. The Type 62's bayonet was later adopted for use on the FAMAS rifle.

Predecessors[edit]

Type-55[edit]

The MAS-55 has its gas piston underneath its barrel and operated in a similar way to the FM1924/29 machine gun but resulted in a heavy rifle for its type. [6]

Type-56[edit]

The Type-56 was a simpler alternative to the Type-55 and was closer to the FN FAL.

Type-59[edit]

The Type-59 came with an improved stock and foregrip. It also came with a folding stock, bipod and infra-red sight as the AP61.

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