FAMAS to Equip New 84,000 Man National Guard, Stay in Service Until 2028

Even though the French government has adopted the Heckler & Koch HK416F assault rifle to replace the aging FAMAS, it seems “Le Clairon” will remain in service for at least the next decade. The reason for this is the recent re-establishment of the French National Guard (Garde Nationale), which was stood up as the fifth branch of the French military in late 2016 by President François Hollande.

It seems the HK416, which will be procured over the next decade, ending in 2028, will first go to front-line French military units starting with the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion, with the FAMAS being progressively transferred to the National Guard as it is phased out of regular French Army units.

According to sources, the HK416 will be transferred first to units in the French Overseas Territories (FOT), although the 13 DBLE is currently deployed in Aveyron in Southern France, not abroad as usual.

2028 is the projected end date for procurement of the 93,080 HK416Fs that will equip the French Armed Forces, however it is unknown whether this number of rifles includes those needed to arm the new National Guard. It is possible, therefore, that the already near 40-year-old FAMAS could continue to equip National Guard units beyond its 50th birthday in 2028.



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.


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  • Major Tom

    Sounds like they read the fine print of the HK contract and realized “IT COSTS LE WHAT?”.

    • Hudson

      I saw a report in the mainstream media recently that the NATO countries now have a requirement that they spend 2% of GNP on their military. This creation of a French National Guard may be France’s plan to meet that goal. I think you are going to see more enlargement of the Militaries of NATO countries. This is in response to criticism that the USA is carrying to much of the load for NATO.

      • Blake

        It’s always been a requirement, but NATO is starting to put pressure on countries that haven’t been meeting it (e.g. Germany has less than 50 combat-ready jet fighters) : http://wonkwire.com/2017/01/24/nato-in-the-crosshairs-whos-not-paying-their-bills/

        http://wonkwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/160708114244-chart-spending-percentage-gdp-780×439.jpg

        (Hopefully they won’t put too much pressure on Erdogan to spend more on his military though…)

        • German

          As soon as Germany invests a single cent into Defence. RussiaToday and Sputnik go completly crazy. And theyr comment section become pure cancer.

          We are under an insane amount of agressive russian propaganda here in Germany currently. They try to get ultra-pro-russian and ultra-anti american populist into power. They already are at war with us, theyr state-financed and try to reshape the public opinion for theyr interests.

          Outside of the US they have even far more extremly agressive anti-american propaganda, to devide us from NATO and the United States.

          The US needs to be incredible carefull, theyr NOT the sightest your friends, they focus everything on your and our destruction.

          • yodamiles

            Yeah, the comment section on RT is pure cancer. Articles about SpaceX successes are fill with, “They copied our rocket tech”, “Probably design by Russian”, and “Rocket land is photoshop” comments….Just ignore them

          • I can’t go ten feet on Youtube without every single recommended video like three pages deep being a breathless puff piece on the imaginary capabilities of the latest Soviet Russian ~~stealth~~ fighter, because I watched a video about some fighter plane two months ago.

            The Soviets Russians spend their propaganda money in suuuuuper dumb places.

          • The Forty ‘Twa

            You know it is bad when they are making comments like that on the my little pony videos you like.

          • German

            Quote: “The Soviets Russians spend their propaganda money in suuuuuper dumb places.”

            Maybe it look likes it, but it WORKS. People all around the world get into a ultra-anti american, ultra-pro russian Übermensch mindset. More and more everyday! They want the worst possible for the US, and its not just some private persons, its planned STATE FINANCED propaganda media with DIRECT aims. Russia is not your friend, they wish you the worst.

            And now with the power grab for Bannon and removing high rank highly versed Generals, im worried like never before.

            Besides Russia beeing already at theyr unannounced war against Europe. I am highly worried about Bannon. He is one of the largest national and international threat.
            And lets be honest, grabbing for power while removing other (highly versed important Generals) is de facto nothing but… Fascism!

            Europe stands solid with the United States, and even tough its hard to understand the EU for some people who not live here, without it were just weak little countrys, in trade the deal would be what a superpower wants, nothing else, nothing positive for the people. While the EU atleast has substantial economic weight, which would be non-existant in trade without it.
            And 90% of anti-eu political partys, are ultra-anti american conspiracy theorists, with large contact to RT.

            Trump and Bannon will gain nothing when they might aim to destroy the EU. The only thing that would be produced is hate (Not against them i mean in the countrys, by controversial politicans and RT believing citizens. But hate… , might be what bannon likes and want to seed with his chaos theory).
            Further results would be a dying fully anti american europe, further expansion and acceptance of russian anti american propaganda, sicnifcant influence and ability to manipulate public opinion. And as end result the full breakdown of Europe, at the cost of innocent people, which includes my family and loved ones. Its good for Bannons chaos theory, but fully against any American interests.

            We live in worrying times.

            Always keep in mind, Russia is de Facto at an unannounced war against us. You have no idea how much worse and agressive theyr non-english articles are against you.
            Day for Day theyr success grows, and its wont be good for any of us.

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            Fear monger much?
            What flavor Kool Aid is Herr Merkel mixing up this week?

          • I believe it’s Deutsche Zeitgeist Flavor, which at the moment tastes kinda like the sinking realization that humanitarian issues are certainly a noble cause to be pursued, but allowing massive waves of completely unvetted immigration from known terrorism hotspots is perhaps not the best way to keep your citizenry from gettin’ a-sploded a lot.

          • Blake

            Glad that Germany reacted quickly & built up a propaganda-busting task force: http://www.dw.com/en/eu-expands-anti-fake-news-task-force/a-37265159
            Count yourselves lucky that unlike the USA, Germany’s National Security Advisor is not on Russia Today’s payroll…

          • n0truscotsman

            Yeah, thats not “orwellian” at all. No siree…

          • KestrelBike

            IMO, any division between the U.S. and NATO is because of conservative/liberal (socialist) friction that’s been going on since the Iraq invasion in 2003. Things were nasty until obummer built his throne and the euros liked his socialist policies. But with the swing back to the right that occurred this election, now Europe is throwing rotten produce because they don’t want to be alone in their self-destructive policies.

            In other words, Russia doesn’t have to try to divide the U.S. and NATO.

          • Bill

            We have met the enemy, and…

        • FarmerB

          And much of what is counted as “defense” in some countries is extremely dubious. For instance the aerial water bombers in Spain count as part of their Air Force and the Italians count the Carabinieri.

        • PersonCommenting

          I mean do they really need to spend so much? I mean dang, I dont see these idiots in the middle east flying air to air combat with us anytime soon yet we develop billion dollar planes.

          • roguetechie

            Well… Here’s the deal, considering that even with their flagrantly fraudulent “creative accounting” many still aren’t even coming close to meeting the 2% they agreed to spend in order to gain the benefits of NATO membership.

            Combined with the fact that in the meantime American service personnel and taxpayer dollars are treated by the same countries as some sort of inalienable right regardless of whether they do their part at all.

            Combined with the citizens and governments of said same nations constantly decrying American people as war mongering useful idiots too stupid to even demand working social safety nets and an NHS from the US government.

            It’s reaching a point where western Europe is very much becoming a subject that instantly raises public ire here in the US…

            So if the western European citizens as well as their governments wish to keep even relations with the Americans that aren’t dominated by rightful and decades overdue outright public hostility to the idea of lifting a single finger to help Europe…

            Yeah, it’s damn important

          • pbla4024

            US counts health care for veterans as military expenditure, other countries don’t as far as I rremember. That is not a ‘creative accounting’?

          • The very idea of not considering the inevitable results of military action to be a military expenditure seems dangerously irresponsible to me.

          • PersonCommenting

            My point was that the US doesnt need to spend as much money as we do. We are developing billion dollar aircraft for people who are basically fighting with WWII technology on a larger scale. Why do we need an aircraft that can drop bombs from the stratosphere? We are just lining the pockets of the military industry. I would rather pay our troops more money or better benefits than buy these useless weapons….

          • palam

            If U.S people don’t support it’s vulcans/hephaestus then they’ll start working for the Titans, cause Aphrodite ain’t cheap.

          • Tassiebush

            I’ve got to say you’ve got a point. I was being a typical non American thinking Trump’s comments on NATO were a bit boorish then I thought about it a bit harder. Russia’s economy is normally a tad bigger than Australia’s (why don’t we have a bigger military?!) yet it’s this big concern that requires a big deterrent. Contrast that size with Germany France Italy or the UK and you’ve got 4 nato members at least with a bigger economy each in their own right with two being nuclear powers. Then look at the Eurozone with over 500,000,000 people and way more combined economic power and it gets really hard to understand why American citizens should be subsidising European defence so much while forgoing much of the social and health support that most of those countries enjoy.
            Having said that it’s the sort of thing that needs a transition period to correct. Not a sudden change.

          • Bill

            You don’t have a bigger military because Australia, like Canada, has an efficient military, that isn’t built on the premise that you have a pool of a zillion conscripts to use as cannon fodder. I don’t care that Canada delivers less than 1% GDP to NATO because I know that they have guys who can deliver a bullet at over a mile.

            You and they fight smarter, not harder. We Americans are somewhere in the middle. The number of guys who routed the Taliban in the beginning of the Long War in Afghanistan might fill a high school auditorium, but then we went quasi-conventional.

          • Tassiebush

            But Bill I’d feel so much more potent if we had a bigger military…
            Point taken though.

          • Celine

            Yes, Australia is like the perfect place for a big Military.

            A large swimming castle, not reachable for usual opfor hybrid warfare militants (compared to the middle east and eastern europe), and large grounds to train on.

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah we are well placed and doubtless that’s why we don’t have the experience of land warfare on our own soil from a foreign power. The Japanese bombed our north a fair bit and we suffered a number of naval attacks but I don’t think they’d have been able to sustain an occupation of our continent for long. I reckon our north would be a defender’s wonderland for chewing up foreign armies.

          • Gary Kirk

            Yes, we have a large volunteer military, because we have a large population of teenage people that don’t understand how to support themselves.. I find it great, but doesn’t necessarily make a great military.. Now those of us that gave up pretty much everything to join.. Are what make our military great.. We have people that deliver rounds at beyond a mile on a regular basis, thing is, they’re generally in a firefight, so they can’t go “confirm” it.. “Your longest shots will go places you would not like to go to confirm them”..

          • Bill

            I agree in principle. A neat table to see would be the demographics and military personnel per X number of citizens by country, or military personnel as a percentage of population.

            I could really support mandatory public service, either in the military, public health, infrastructure support, policing or somesuch. I can take some who is in for 2 years and teach them how to fill a pothole or take a theft report, while the career folks handle the higher level stuff.

          • Tassiebush

            I believe that such a model of broad national service inclusive of non military options is a great idea. It breaks down socioeconomic and ethnic divisions. It also has potential to provide a safety net model completely different and free of the stigma of a welfare system model. So much disability, elder and childcare need is unmet. Huge amounts of invasive species problems. Infrastructure maintenance and fire hazard reduction work to be done.

          • Tassiebush

            It’s funny since originally commenting I’m thinking in view of recent events we might want to increase our military capacity in case dear old friends have trouble remembering our previous acts of good will or agreements we’ve made. It suddenly seems uncertain whether previously made agreements will be honoured.

          • Bill

            Oh, I don’t know, given Donalds’ priorities, maybe reforming the Lafayette Escadrille or the Burma AVG Flying Tigers might work…I believe in keeping the promises and social contract we make, even if he doesn’t. He’ll be distracted by some weiner measuring contest while some of us saddle up…

          • Tassiebush

            Thank you that warmed my heart

          • KestrelBike

            100% agreed. U.S. And Europe are completely different socio-politically, and to me as an American, it really irks me when Europeans criticize America for not embracing European cultural and economic practices that work with their own particular homogenous populations, or that work for the time being but are doomed to fail given just a bit more time (or are failing as we speak), while at the same time taking American protection for granted.

          • PersonCommenting

            I am not saying just them? I think we all spend too much on military especially the USA. US spends billions on aircraft and missiles and other weapons technology, for what? Who are we fighting that we need all that? I would be happy spending 75% of that and just paying our men and women IN the military more money rather than lining the pockets of the Military Industrial complex.

          • Tassiebush

            I think the trouble with that approach is it’s based on an assumption that there is no need for such capabilities but we can see from very recent annexations by Russia and China that there is still a lot of potential for conflict between developed sophisticated nations. China just annexed most of the South China Sea and has taken control of hugely important shipping routes, fisheries and mineral resources in doing so. It’d be a bad error to let them sneak ahead in capabilities in areas like air warfare. All this stuff is happening while we’re still all getting along pretty well. Things could get a lot worse.

        • turkey and poland already spend well over 2% gdp on defense

          • Does Turkey count funds spent on official Armenian Genocide denial as defense spending? ‘Cuz that could be like two thirds of it right there.

        • MPWS

          This explains why Greece is in such a financial crisis. Unproductive country overspending on second hand warships and artillery, which have no use for.

          Btw, Greece is in friendly terms with RF which in turn substantially improved relation with its old enemy – Turkey. Relax, Zorba!

          • Greece is in a financial crisis because the German and
            French banking industry deliberately destroyed them.

            I mean, they chose Greece as a target because they knew the Greek government was bad at finance, but it was most definitely a murder and not an accidental death.

  • UWOTM8

    All I took from this was that France is getting serious and stood up an entire military branch for internal security…..

    • Payce

      That’s the same thing I took away. Looks like they’re taking a few recent events seriously.

    • MeaCulpa

      Well the Gendarmes, that is basically the same size as the national police, is a military unit if not it’s own branch of the armed services. Having said that the guard seems to be a military and police militia that will handle internal security to some extent. So good on you France

    • snmp

      France have the gendarmerie (Military statuts) for rural police (Mountain, jungle, Sea …..) & MP

    • noob

      And it turns out the reactivated “la Garde nationale” is almost the size of the existing gendarmerie.

      Only the Police nationale is bigger than either of them at 144000 “employees” according to wikipedia.

      I wonder what the operational differences will be between the different branches? Do they all answer to the Ministry of the Interior?

    • Bill

      Let’s just hope that they do it more smoothly than when we “stood up” DHS in 2003.

  • LGonDISQUS

    Just think, in 2028, the AR plaform (HK416) will be hitting 70some years old.

    Moore’s Law does not apply to firearms.

    • Tet

      No it doesn’t because there isn’t any transistors in firearms.

      • J.T.

        Yet.

    • GD Ajax

      It’ll be replaced by LSAT by than. AR fanbois need to give up on the sixty year rifle BS for the M16.

      • Zachary marrs

        Lol. No it won’t.

    • GhostTrain81

      Moore’s Law definitely applies to the AR platform in my opinion. The amount of junk people put on their rails, and the number of pointless accessories and “upgrades” doubles every two years.

    • GD Ajax

      Also the HK 416 is a G36 in AR drag.

      • MeaCulpa

        And a G36 is an AR18 in drag, AR-inception!

        • GD Ajax

          Except that the AR-18 isn’t an AR-15. So stop with the dead horse meme.

          • MeaCulpa

            Oh I know, but you said “AR” not “AR-15” and I’m a bit pedantic;)

      • LGonDISQUS

        You learn something new every day!

        Thanks!

    • hikerguy

      The AR is going after the Brown Bess’s record, evidently. The Bess hung around for over 100 years I believe, lol.

  • AtomicYeti

    I consider it sound standard practice, till they get fully equipped with the new rifle, the old one becomes the ideal national defense weapon, no need for extra costs, + it will give you 0 surprises and maintainance is second skin.

    • MeaCulpa

      Plus reserve units, that will be the bulk of the guard, will already be trained on the FAMAS.

      • Gary Kirk

        You mean “throw rifle at enemy, use pistol..”

  • Colonel K

    40 years old? Crap, I remember when it first entered service. C’est la vie!

    • .45

      My Mosin laughs at a mere 40 years of service…

      • Colonel K

        Yes, but you weren’t alive when the Mosin first entered service. I’m not concerned about the age of the FAMAS, only the fact that I was on active duty when it was introduced. I hadn’t considered how long ago that was until I read the article. Now it’s time for my nap.

        • .45

          You have a point…

  • GD Ajax

    This puts to bed any fanboi claims that the bullpup is dead. So does the Tavor and the DT MDR.

    • ARCNA442

      Why does everyone forget about the QBZ-95? If you’re going to argue that bullpups are still relevant, why not include the most produced military version instead of a brand new rifle that almost no one has.

      • Jeremy

        Because we don’t really see the QBZ-95 or its caliber in combat. Maybe after the US withdraws from Asia and everyone there is more inclined to buying Chinese small arms, we’ll see more reports of it performance.

        • noob

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7dc516f92cc56a6ad663209f21f5d9fc3bce311c12fdbd2d15cc6d0c8280041e.jpg has been okayed by the UN to do “offensive” operations in Africa under their peacekeeping mandate against the March 23 Rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

          Resolution 2098 (2013) Enables ‘Offensive’ Combat Force is the first time the Security Council has ever created an offensive force.

          • Digital camo reasonably effective in south central Africa ☑
            Helmet that can be seen from space in south central Africa ☑

          • noob

            Well I guess if things get too horrific they can bury their heads in the sand.

          • “Too horrific”? They’re UN peacekeepers, burying their heads in the sand is a standing order.

          • Gary Kirk

            I thought that was “RUNNING AWAAAAYYY!!!”..

            K, we’re safe.. Call the USMC again..

          • MeaCulpa

            Yes those cowards fighting for the UN in Korea…

          • Goražde and Rwanda, not so much. The relative value of any UN operation is directly proportional to how many American troops and aircraft are involved; the organization is militarily worthless without them.

        • GhostTrain81

          I have a healthy modicum of respect for the UN’s blue helmets. I know we live in an era of populism where international institutions are mistrusted, but generally speaking these are folks who do an incredibly difficult job – being part humanitarian, part peacekeeper, and part soldier.

          In contrast to popular beliefs, peacekeepers are overwhelmingly staffed by soldiers from some of the poorest countries in the UN – as a result they don’t have the best kit, or the best training, yet put their lives in harm’s way for causes that are far removed from their individual communities or countries.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, they’re good at observing, then dragging out court cases for war crimes.

            But, y’know, c’est la vie.

          • MeaCulpa

            I don’t think that is the fault of the individual soldier but more of a ROE thing, possible exception for the Dutch.

          • Gary Kirk

            Yep, the “peacekeepers” are made up of all nations (sit there and watch until safe).. The “peacemakers” are made up of predominantly American volunteers (among many other underrated brothers) That make the whole process work..

      • GD Ajax

        Maybe if China knew how to export correctly. Then we wouldn’t forget about it.

  • Class03180S

    It’s not known as “Le Bugle”. It’s called “Le Clairon” in French which means “The bugle” in English.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Haha! I was going to mention that myself. Seems like Nate has learned his French from watching Pepé Le Pew cartoons.

      • Jonathan Ferguson

        I have heard that it’s not even called that by actual French soldiers.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Yeah, I think it has been more of an old nickname that stuck around longer in the media than amongst soldiers.

          • breversa

            Only the english-speaking Internet remembers that nickname that dates back to the rifle’s infancy.

            In France, no one has heard of it. Today’s new recruits weren’t even BORN that such nickname had long been forgotten…

        • mana

          So what the hell do they call their rifle?

    • DERP.

      In my defense, it was 2 AM and I was falling over tired. 🙂

  • Minuteman

    No point in retaining them, they’re simply worn out. Instead, I’d get the Tuna for the purpose of arming the Guard.

    • AC97

      *Citation needed*

    • MNOR

      Why would they buy a separate service rifle for the guard if the goal is to save money?

      two weapon systems simple double the cost of aqusition, maintanance and logistics.
      Thats a stupid move if I ever heard one.

      • Minuteman

        Because the FN F2000’s total life cycle costs are far less than the HK416A5, the National Guard doesn’t need all the bells and whsitles associated with the AR platform, and the FAMAS is simply worn out (with no tooling base to support it)?

        • Mnor

          But you’re still not taking in to account the andedammen cost of having TWO weaponssystems instead of standardizing one.
          And remember Millitaries customers does not pay the prizes that you do on the civilian market for a hk rifle.
          If HK enters the 416 in a tender, the prices are comparable/close to the other contenders, otherwise they wouldnt be competitive, and as a result; never win a contract.

          It’s simple economics people, No matter how much you hate on HK.

          • Minuteman

            The French military should have gone with the Tuna in the first place as it is used to a bull pup manual of arms and France is historically/politically close with Belgium, in fact they are each others most natural allies in Europe, no two countries in Europe are as close as these two. FN were my choice had it been my call to make.

          • MNOR

            Well, the French have enough experience with using a bullpup system,, like 40+ years worth of experience. and they opted out of continuing on that path.
            The belgians are now standardizing the FN SCAR as their new standard issue service rifle. So if you’re using commonality with the Belgians as an argument, the French should have opted for the SCAR instead.
            The F2000 never really went anywhere, and fctories aren’t really tooled up to produce it in any significant quantity.

            In short. it was never a competitor for France’s new service rifle, or even a viable option for that matter.

          • kanan

            The Tuna/Fn2000 is untested as a platform and so is the new Thales F90 steyr aug variant and the traditional Steyr Aug A3. (Australia still has the M4 arming it’s most active infantry , the commandos) Quite simply there is no proven updated bullpup platform in existence, except for the Tavor, which is politically untenable. So France didn’t have a choice but to take a step back on it’s rifle technology.

          • Minuteman

            I wouldn’t say the Tuna is an unproven design as quite a few nations use it and it is the choice of various police and SOF units world wide. AR-15 style designs are by no means a ‘step back’. Technology aside, I was making an argument from a political perspective: I would have purchased the Tuna to underling commitment to Franco-Belgian martial bortherhood, making it a purchase based on political considerations. As an MOS 01A I have vast experience with equipment purchase and top level decision making and I can tell you that politics plays a big role in govt arms purchase, and doesn’t necessarily reflect ‘military rationale’. There are bigger things at stake when it comes to govt contracting such as strengthening economic ties, national pride, reaffirming bonds of long-standing friendship et cetera.

    • You want to go from a bugle to a fish???

  • gunsandrockets

    “…with the FAMAS being progressively transferred to the National Guard as it is phased out of regular French Army units.”

    If the FAMAS is going to slowly transfer to the French National Guard, and the FNG is already reestablished, what is the FNG currently armed with?

    • John

      FAMAS. Remember, they made nearly a half million of them. I also expect the special forces will keep a few around for old times sake.

      • gunsandrockets

        In that case there is no “transfer” as reported is there?

        • John

          Guns that go from the U.S. Army to the U.S. National Guard are “transferred” from one entity to another, even if they use the exact same M4 carbine. Because one gun belongs to the Army, and another belongs to the National Guard.

          • Gary Kirk

            Not really, since they’re both the U.S. Army.. Now, they may be moved from one armory to another.. But stay in the same ownership..

  • Fruitbat44

    There’s a long tradition of militaries equipping their reserve units with “obsolete” weapons e.g. the 25 -pounder saw longer service with the TA in the UK than it did in the regular army, but the idea of the Garde National getting the FAMAS is interesting.

    However the really interesting part is the reestablishment of the French National Guard; okay need to hit Google, or similar, to find out exactly what it’s role will be. But an expansion of the military, even just second line military is interesting.

    • FarmerB

      I’d be interested to know if this really a new military capability, or just some recycling and renaming of existing units to make it sound brand new.

  • Matthew Groom

    AWWW, DAMMIT! Now we’ll never get parts kits!

    • .45

      You were probably joking, but if they offered them cheap, I might actually buy one to play with… Of courses that’s not saying much, I was also somewhat interested in the idea of INSAS part kits…

      • Matthew Groom

        Why would I be joking? If you could get a complete INSAS for the price of a FAMAS parts kit, it would still be a waste of money.

        • .45

          I figured you might be joking because a lot of people consider the FAMAS to be a piece of junk on par with the L85. (Still a cut above the INSAS though, but so is my jamomatic .22 Plinkster for that matter…)

          • rennsport4.4TV8

            I thought most of the problems that stemmed from the F1 was in using ammo it wasnt made for and that the G2 was fine with NATO ammo. While the L85 was just a hot mess regardless of what you fed it.

  • Jak0Spades

    Just to note , the FOT is the Force Operationel Terrestre. It’s currently aimed to be 77 0000 strong and regroups all combat regiments of the Army.

    • Thank you. I can’t seem to find anything about that, is there a link you can send my way?

  • Pepe the (french) frog

    Ouais-ouais …
    Without ammo both HK416 and FAMAS are just pricey “coup sticks” ;o)

    PS : in case you did not notice we don’t manufacture ANY small calibers – up to 20 mm. ??? / can’t remember plants have been closing too fast the last 25 years – here anymore (we will be throwing rocks soon …).

  • PersonCommenting

    So why are they reforming the National Guard?

    • They heard a charismatic blonde guy was building barricades in Paris, wanted to get a jump on a sequel musical.

    • Tassiebush

      Terror incidents I believe. If I’m remembering right.

      • PersonCommenting

        Kind of crazy they would say that and not say why in the article… New media these days. Who cares about side stories or adding an extra line to explain something…

  • Okay, if the Garde Nationale is being reconstituted, do we need to start building barricades?

    • noob

      Do you hear the people sing?

  • Sid Collins

    93K rifles over 11 years? Is the French Army really that small?

  • MPWS

    FAMAS is not that old. It was introduced in early 70s. In comparison, Slovak military still uses sa58, nearly 60years of age. It still sends bullets in desired direction.

  • Spencerhut

    So can they start shooting all the mooslims burning cars all over the country now?