FA-MAS Type 62
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|FA-MAS Type 62|
|Place of origin||France|
|Manufacturer||Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne|
|Barrel length||500 mm|
|Rate of fire||600 rpm|
|Effective firing range||400-800 m|
|Feed system||20-round detachable box magazine|
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. It was the last in series of 40 different prototype rifles designed between 1952 and 1962, and bears a resemblance to the FN FAL. 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.
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. 
The Type-56 was a simpler alternative to the Type-55 and was closer to the FN FAL.
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.