FAMAS in Afghanistan

A French Operational Mentor and Liaison Team soldier provides security during a patrol, Nov. 6, 2008. The French are helping the International Security Assistance Force in assisting the Afghan government in extending and exercising its authority and influence across the country, creating the conditions for stabilization and reconstruction. (Photographer: Cpl. John Rafoss : International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs)

A French Operational Mentor and Liaison Team soldier provides security during a patrol, Nov. 6, 2008. The French are helping the International Security Assistance Force in assisting the Afghan government in extending and exercising its authority and influence across the country, creating the conditions for stabilization and reconstruction. (Photographer: Cpl. John Rafoss : International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs)

From MP. Lots more international force pictures at the link.

Comments

  1. FAMAS fan since Metal Gear Solid. =D

    I only heard good things about this gun, just the rate of fire seems too high.

    1. le fams est un très bon fusil, je l’ai utilisé durant mes 15 ans de services. une fois règlé, sans lunette je mets le chargeur (25 cartouches) dans la cible à 400m.
      coup par coup, rafale de trois, ou rafale illimité.
      droitier ou gaucher, pas de problème.
      la sangle permets de le porter de bien des façon.
      je le préfère au m16 ou m4

  2. Reminds me of a pic that was on the old Military Motivator website (RIP) of a smg with a huge honkin scope on it.

  3. I really don’t like the BullPup design Assault weapon.

    They’re probably effective, but having been weaned on the M-1 and M-14 The BullPups just don’t seem as potent looking.

    Any weapon without a freakin bayonet lug is like man without a dick.

    Impotent!

  4. The company I worked for in the Stan, issued us M4A3/iron sights. The only experience I had with bullpups was I able to run two mags through a British Enfield at one point. The main thing I ntoiced about the Enfield was it felt better balanced than my M4, or the Spanish H & K G36 I shot (at a different time). The Enfield handled very quickly by having more weight between your gripping hand and shoulder. I have to think this would b even more pronounced when you started hanging frou frous and stuff on them (nade launchers, DBLS, white lights and all that thing). Seems like the balance on the pups would really come into play as the weight out front increased.

  5. The FAMAS does have a bayonet. Its main problem by modern standards seems to be weight. I’ve sometimes wondered if the Remington 51’s hesitation delay lock (upgraded with metal fatigue resistant modern alloys like phosphor bronze) could make it lighter without compromising its other features.

  6. I took a few shots with the FAMAS about twenty years ago which means that my conclusions may have been obsoleted in the meantime.
    However by then I was not impressed. To me the FAMAS felt more like an upgraded MAT 49 (cal. 9mm) submachine gun with its lighter ammo and higher precision. But it did not bring any subastantial advantage in effective range and in penetration. Which brings me to doubt its actual suitability in areas such as Afghanistan where long range and power are of the essence. I propose that the good old US 17 or of course the Garand would do a better job of matching the capability of the Taliban’s personal armament there. In other words, I would not like to roam about in the gan landscape fitted only with a FAMAS.

  7. having used this weapon extensively during my time in the ffl i would like to say that it can take a severre amount of punishment can be used by both lefy and right handed users can fire anti pers granades up to 340 m and anti veh to 100m can fire fully auto burst of three or single shot is effective at 300m and the newer version 450m the 5.56 ammo is far more destructive and for any comment to liken it to a mat 49 is utter rot use the mat and you will understand the famas is high velocity for starters 960mps is a bloody good velocity compare it with some other modern weapons i agree it could lack the range of some other weapons but then again its a bloody usefull weapon and can be used in restricted enviroments very effectively ….and it has a bayonet for those who like that sort of thing.

    1. I Really don’t think the Famas will go far because of the recoil and mag use it is high rate of fire. the gun itself can weight alot. Limitations wiht the gun is a big turnoff

  8. It doesn’t have that much recoil, there’s a counterweight system in the stock

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