FAMAS Translation — Every Single One

There have been rumors floating around for a few weeks that the French Military had chosen the HK416 (piston AR) over the FN SCAR-16 as their next service rifle. I haven’t commented on it publicly since frankly, I have zero connections in the French Ministry of Defense. Hell! Is that what it is even actually called?

See what I mean?

FAMAS Bullpup Rifle

FAMAS Bullpup Rifle

Well…now it seems multiple reputable sources in Europe are reporting that France has selected the HK. Or maybe it’s “down-selected” the SCAR? However you want to put it, the deal seems to be done. As long as FN doesn’t win their assumed appeal.

What does this mean for the US Military?
Later model of FAMAS Rifle in Africa.

Later model of FAMAS Rifle in Africa.

Not too much. At least at first. But it’s a big win for HK and might be a sign of things to come. Recall, not too long ago, the Brits selected the Glock 17 to be their next service pistol. And while the UK MOD (I do know their name!) isn’t what it once was, when the US Army picks Glock to replace the Beretta, the connection is inevitable.

And let us not forget, SOCOM runs the HK416’s quite a bit, and the USMC has selected the piston driven HK, M27, as a supplement to the SAW.

Will the US DOD (I’m on a roll now!) switch to the HK416 sometime in the next 10 years? Time will tell. But consider this, France is a “major” Western military power. They are engaged in combat operations around the world. There’s nothing like 10 years of combat deployments to (Horn of Africa, Astan, Syria, West Africa, Libya, Lebanon, etc) give the HK the desired “battle tested” reputation it needs.

French Solider with FAMAS

French Solider with FAMAS in Africa

As much as the SOCOM fan-boys might be butt-hurt by my last statement, the fact remains big armies work and think very differently than “operators”. Congratulations, HK. This is a feather in your cap. Now just don’t screw it up!

But this article is about the FAMAS
FAMAS in training. I love gun forums who decry weapon wear. Stupid bitches.

FAMAS in training. I love gun forums who decry weapon wear. Stupid bitches.

I have always been very interested in the FAMAS rifles. Not because I particularly care for bullpup’s, I actually don’t. But the FAMAS has always had a certain type of “distance value” for me. I only ever see them when traveling. They seem exotic and different. And I would LOVE to have one. Even in semi-auto.

So…I am going to be the first to go publicly on record. Dear Century Arms, please do what you can, when you can, to get semi-auto FAMAS or FAMAS parts kits into the United States. I would love to have one and would pay a pretty penny for the privilege. As would many of my peers.

FAMAS Rifle on the streets of Europe.

FAMAS Rifle on the streets of Europe.

Do I expect them to be great sellers to the masses? No. But don’t ignore this fact. The US firearms market has grown to be quite sophisticated since the import bans of 1989. If by some miracle you are able to convince the French government to surplus some of them out, I know in my heart of hearts you would sell every last one of them stateside.

Every. Single. One.

That’s what FAMAS acronym stands for: every, single, one.

Don’t doubt me.

 
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  • Mikial

    Fun article and a nice piece of firearms engineering. I have a German friend who is a former Legionnaire. He now has a team that does close protection work in Eastern Europe. I’m going to send your article to him and see what he thinks about it.

    I’ll let you know what he says.

    • I would be curious what his personal opinion of the FAMAS was? I have never meet anyone who actually “loved” it.

      Also, incidentally, a contact of mine who works for a major importer once told me that getting French milsurp weapons these days is almost impossible. It seems the French GOV would rather destroy stuff than surplus it out. So I suspect ever seeing these FAMAS rifles in the US to be quite unlikely.

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        The French government is truely terrified of an armed populace, you have to remember that the people of France have removed their government with force a time or 3 in the past!
        The self appointed elite of the country have also sucked down the “one world” kool aid, and know that to move forward with such enslaving plans the people must be as maluble as sheep. An armed populace is bound to have more than just a few wolves in the bunch and that would really complicate things for them.

        Munro

    • Brennen Munro

      His name would not be “Ricardo” would it? The world is a small place, but it would be just too funny if it was him! The last time I saw my friend he was trying to convince me to go into a business venture with him, our wives got on well together, so I was tempted. We chose to move to the USA instead, I am happy with my choice.

      Munro

      • I know a French-Jew named Ricardo in Vegas. He’s quite the character.

        Marky

  • Brennen Munro

    You are correct in that the French Ministry of Defense is called just that, but it is spelled “Ministere de la Defense”. The Famas is just a bit more of a mouthful though… Famas: Fusil d’Assult de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Etienne. Call it whatever you want to, it is still a stinker of a rifle. I just don’t enjoy shooting bullpup designs, and I am not the only one who finds them difficult to shoot well, get the rifle dirty with mud and such and you will think that you are pulling a shovel rather than a trigger. Having your head that much closer to the chamber gives some people head aches and sore jaw/ear areas. The balance of the early ones, (1980’s) was wonky. Small parts were prone to breaking, and did I mention that the trigger sucked?!

    Things have clearly improved over the years, you now even have the Israeli Tavor that has all kinds of a Fanboi following. I shot one is Israel a while back and even though I wanted to not like it, I will admit that it was not bad. But I will not be rushing out to purchase a bullpup of any design. Maybe I am just old school as I do prefer hammer fired pistols over striker, and can even carry a gun with a safety on it… I just disengage it when I pup it into my edc holster!

    Munro

    • Interesting comment about head and jaw pain. I’ve never actually known someone who ran one seriously to consider that.

      Very interesting!!!

      Marky