FAMAE Seeking To Import Rifles And Pistols

FAMAE, Chilean maker of SIG 540 derivatives, has announced their intention to import their products to the USA, through importer AD&R Imports. Many of the products will have to be imported as pistols, but FAMAE has also offered to import the shorter weapons with stocks for buyers with completed Form 1 paperwork. Aftermath Gun Club has covered some of the guns likely to be imported:

AD&R Imports was at SHOT Show 2015 with some LE samples of several models. The Chilean made firearms in rifle calibers are licensed copies of the Swiss SIG SG540 series long stroke piston designs. The pistol caliber firearms are proprietary direct blowback designs based on the SG540 series. The methods of manufacture are from the original Swiss data. The firearms continue to be made from high quality imported European steels of the correct specified alloys, originating from the countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland over the course of manufacture.

Future plans include civilian legal sales in the United States but approval letters will be needed from the ATF before those imports can begin. The following video introduces the product line.

Due to United States laws there will be some changes, most notable is that several models will likely need to be imported as pistols only. Per the video above, stocks would be available for anyone showing a Form 1 approval for their weapon as an SBR. This is the same approach DSA and others have taken to selling stocks for imported pistols.


They posted a follow-on article a few days ago:

ADR Imports has been approved to bring in the select-fire SG54x models from FAMAE of Chile.

The importers are still waiting for ATF determination on semi-auto imports. The SG540 and SG543 are expected to be brought in as pistols while the SG543 7.62x51mm may be brought in as a single shot rifle. All are expected with black furniture.

All photos shown are LE/MIL select-fire models at SHOT Show 2015.

I have to admit to a certain fondness for the SIG 542. It’s a .308 semiautomatic, and very light, too, especially for its time. It has a solid mechanical foundation, it looks good, and – perhaps most importantly – isn’t yet another AR-15 or AR-10.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • echelon

    KInda pointless as pistols if they can’t be Sig-braced (I know they *can* but not if everyone is scared to shoulder it and cowering in fear) and I sincerely hope by “single shot rifle” they mean semi-auto as opposed to full otherwise, sheesh.

    But rather than fight to get real rights restored we’ll just gladly fight over M855 all day.

  • toms

    The 542 was imported briefly into the USA back in the day by Manhurin, Solid gun really accurate and yes light for the 80’s at 9lbs. I’ve hoped we would see a SAPR pistol but SAN never capitalizes fast enough.

    • As well as the 540 from Manhurin; last one I saw was in .222 and priced at $13k in semi-auto, hence my excitement to see the SG540 come in from Chile.

  • anon

    >Beautiful smile
    >Beautiful hair
    >Perfect trigger discipline
    >Pro 2a
    >Good taste in rifles
    >Good taste in optics
    >Tattoos and gauges
    >11/10 would definitely operate

    • SP mclaughlin

      Ear mounted sling swivel?

  • Matthew Groom

    Woo! This means we might see the CT-30 in .30 Carbine stateside! SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

    • I’ve asked about this, it doesn’t sound likely right now. 🙁

  • Maxpwr

    Get them now. Who knows what Obama will ban next by executive order. These look too tempting.

  • Heckler

    Somebody shot that poor girl in the ear … oh, never mind.

  • Dylan

    Hope FAMAE won’t just make pistols, I wouldn’t mind having a SG 540 type rifle. I’ve had a fondness for them since seeing them used in the middle east.

  • Chief Homelike

    My ideal config: 7.62×51 with 18″ barrel, honest 1MOA, bombproof picatinny optics rail and under 9 lbs…. for $1500. I can dream right?

    • That 1 MOA might be a dream I’m afraid

      • Chief Homeslice

        What is the weak link that holds it back?

        • A Chilean-made 40 year old design for one! Don’t get me wrong, they’re good guns. But if accuracy is your thing… Well here’s one range report from a Canadian last year:

          So I’ve had a Famae 542 since the get go and have been running into a kundrom.

          Any ammo that shoots well kicks like a angry mule; bruising my cheek and destroying brass as it send it out on a 50 foot trip somewhere into the yonder for me to find on a treasure hunting expedition into the uncharted territories of the “never mowed” part of our range burns.

          Most factory ammo, although easier on the face, shoots like ####…. and sends the brass a mere 30 feet off to my left…. I have confirmed, i’m on setting 1 on the gas plug…. the small hole

          Here is a list of results

          150 H SST 46.5 grains BLC2: , about 1.5/2 inch groupings at 100m, Avg Muzzle velocity of about 2650 Fps. Face bruising and brass destroying…. it knocked my stock loose after about 150 rounds less then 10% salvageable brass… it literally rips bends the rim, dents/tears the side of the cases and collapses the neck

          150 H SST 45.5 grains BLC2: 8-12 inch group at 100m. Avg muzzle velocity 2450, moderate recoil 60% brass salvageable

          145 MFS FMJ: 4-6 inch grouping at 100m, Avg muzzle velocity 2420, light recoil, all brass fine… but unreadable (steel with weird oversized primers)

          150 AE FMJ 3-4 inch grouping Avg Muzzle velocity 2500, moderate recoil, Brass 90% salvagable (oh harray Fed brass….####ing junk)

          I have some 168 Barnes TAc-X loaded up with 45.5 grains of BLC-2 powder to try out… but that is on the back burner till next month….

          Has anyone had the same issues as me… or a better shooting load that doesn’t punch you in the face?

          the gun manufacture says this thing shoots factory ammo military loads at 2690 Fps… so just WTF are they shooting and how is it not blowing up the gun?

          • Chief Homeslice

            Very informative post, thanks for sharing!

  • As a Canadian who shoots FAMAE: You guys should get in on the fun.

  • salty

    The 9mm in there somewhere?

  • MclarenF1Forever

    I also checked these out at SHOT and the guy said the mags for the 9mm is around $80 USD, which was a big downer. They will have a big problem competing in that segment of “large pistols that should be SBRs” at least, with the CZ Scorpion EVO and the Sig MPX (when it comes out). Wouldn’t it be strangely awesome if the FAMAE 9mm beats the MPX to the US market?

  • ghost

    I don’t care what she is shooting, as long as she is on my side.

  • VolkCNC

    We’ve had the Famae products in Canada for a few years now. They are nice firearms but definitely not of the Swiss quality they are based on. The 542 is around $3000 Canadian. A very capable and nice rifle but very overpriced. We pay a premium for non-restricted modern military style firearms up here.

    • Scott P

      I will take FAMAE over the current crop of domestic “SIG” rifles we are stuck with and this is coming from a SIG 556 owner myself.

  • UCSPanther

    I am going for the SIG 540 myself…