The FAMAS (French: Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-√Čtienne or "Assault Rifle from the Saint-√Čtienne Weapon Factory") is a bullpup-styled assault rifle designed and manufactured in France by MAS located in Saint-√Čtienne, which is now a member of the French government-owned Nexter group. It is the service rifle of the French military.After adoption, the FAMAS F1 replaced both the aging MAS 49/56 rifle and MAT-49 submachine gun. Approximately 400,000 FAMAS F1 assault rifles were produced by MAS. While a capable rifle, the F1 had numerous problems to overcome. For instance, many plastic pieces on the rifle easily broke, including critical parts like the cheek riser on the buttstock. The FAMAS was also susceptible to malfunction on occasion because of poorly-built magazines. The FAMAS was also designed around the concept of single-use, disposable magazines; when the limited budget of the French military forced soldiers to reuse disposable magazines over and over, the FAMAS would jam and require immediate attention. MAS would eventually manufacture more durable magazines for the FAMAS that reduced malfunctions.

The F1 was followed by the G1 version that included several minor improvements, such as redesigned grips and an enlarged trigger guard for operation with gloves. However, the G1 remained conceptual and was never actually produced.
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