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FAMAS MAS .223: The French Semi-Auto Bullpup

The FAMAS bullpup was France’s answer to an intermediate cartridge to replace their MAS 49/56 rifle as well as their MAT-49 submachine gun. Its distinct profile and cutting edge design made it an icon of the Cold War era and beyond. It has since become a staple of popular culture being featured in scads of video games and movies.

Far from just another black rifle chambered in 5.56, the FAMAS has numerous innovative design features that made it as popular with its users as it did in Hollywood.

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