HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Look Mom a FAMAS or I'm at a Loss?

Welcome everyone to the 239th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

Read more
France Provides Suriname with FAMAS Rifles

France has donated several hundred FAMAS bullpup rifles to Suriname’s armed forces. Suriname borders French Guiana and has a military partnership with France. The press release from the French embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital, noted that 55 cubic meters of equipment ‘mostly FAMAS rifles and their ammunition’ had been delivered. Press reports note that this equates to around 300 rifles.

Read more
An Imported FAMAS with Serial #13 is Being Sold for a Silly Amount of Money

How’d you like to own a FAMAS? Me neither. Especially when it’s going to set me back six figures. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the FAMAS other than that it is a French-made bullpup rifle that has been in service with the French military since the late 1970s. Known for its distinctive appearance, the FAMAS has become a popular collector’s item, perhaps in no small part to Ian McCollum’s alacrity for the gun. However, imported FAMAS rifles can be quite expensive, such as the low-serial FAMAS F1 currently up for auction on GunBroker.com for a starting bid of $106,999.99.

Read more
POTD: FAMAS & HK416F by 35e Regiment d'Infanterie

Ever since photography was invented in the early 1800s, it has been a medium of limitless possibilities. Today most people have at least a smartphone to capture what’s going on around, and the professionals use even more advanced cameras and optics. At TFB we’ve been running our Photo Of The Day for years, where we share the best photos with firearms. Today we’re looking at images from the  35e régiment d’infanterie in France. The images are from Operation Sentinel in Dijon, France. We see a combination of the soon-to-be-phased-out bullpup FAMAS and the new Heckler & Koch HK416F as the soldier patrol the streets.

Read more
POTD: FAMAS in the 35e Regiment d'Infanterie

The FAMAS – or “Fusil d’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne” will remain in service for at least the next decade, but it is going to be phased out by the Heckler & Koch HK416F eventually. In our Photo Of The Day, we get another good look at it.

Read more
POTD: Guyana – Machine Guns in Canoe

If there was a French version of the movie Apocalypse Now (1979), perhaps this would be one of the scenes. I guess the action of the FAMAS wouldn’t rock any kind of canoe, but I wonder how much the recoil of that machine gun would make the boat go in the opposite direction? In this Photo Of The Day, we can see the machine guns of France in action.

Read more
POTD: FAMAS – Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Etienne

Our Photo Of The Day brings some French cuisine to the table. I understand why the manufacturer abbreviated “Fusil d’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne” the way they did. FAMAS is a lot easier to pronounce and remember. Don’t you agree?

Read more
POTD: FAMAS in the 126e Regiment d'Infanterie

Bonjour et bienvenue, or welcome to our place! This is the  Photo Of The Day by The Firearm Blog, a daily article series running since 2014. To our knowledge, this is the most well-known place on the Internet for photos of firearms.

Read more
POTD: L'operation Sentinelle a Dijon – FAMAS & HK416F

Photo Of The Day: Today we have a few pictures of the old French FAMAS and their new Heckler & Koch HK416F. The FAMAS above seems to have the controls of the FÉLIN system (Fantassin à Équipement et Liaisons Intégrés or Integrated Infantryman Equipment and Communications), but missing quite a few of the other parts that are supposed to be mounted. Note the integration of the bipod.

Read more
POTD: Monkey Business with the FAMAS

Today we’re looking at some monkey business with the French FAMAS rifle deep down in the Amazon rainforest. This picture is from 2020, but the FAMAS is soon history, for good and bad. The FAMAS replacement, which is the Heckler & Koch HK416, is still being distributed step by step to various Army regiments. But it’s going to take a while before all the units have been fitted with the HK416.

Read more
POTD: French FAMAS in Operation Carnyx

The École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr (“Special Military School of Saint-Cyr”) is the foremost French military academy. In our Photo Of The Day, we’ll follow some of the soldiers in this military school and their FAMAS bullpup rifles.

Read more
POTD: Croatian Troops with HS Produkt VHS Bullpup Rifle

VHS could be short for Video Home System, but in this Photo Of The Day, we’re looking at the Višenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica (“multifunctional Croatian machine gun”). On this occasion, the HS Produkt VHS and some other firearms are used by Croatian troops in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania. The VHS is chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO, and has a bullpup construction. The VHS pictured here has the VHS-BH grenade-launcher attached.

Read more
The German Army takes the next step towards a new assault rifle

Since the late 1990s, the Heckler & Koch G36 is the standard rifle of the German Bundeswehr.

Read more
POTD: Mission Lynx (France)

Below: The bullpup rifle called FAMAS, from Fusil d’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne. Note the sniper rifle as well, but doesn’t look like a PGM Hécate II Sniper Rifle.

Read more
Transforming KelTec RDB Into A FAMAS Clone

Recently, a Redditor named Jordan bought a Keltec RDB bullpup rifle, which is chambered in 5.56 NATO. After the RDB’s 2 month birthday, Jordan found some FAMAS airsoft parts for sale and wondered if they could be mated to his RDB. One of his goals was to not permanently alter the RDB. I admire a clear, stated goal. Another goal was to have something unique. The RDB bullpup rifle is unique in its own right when compared to the abundance of AR-15s and AKs, however, Jordan went above and beyond.

Read more