The FR F1 is a precision rifle used by French sharpshooters. It was manufactured by MAS (an abbreviation of Manufacture d'Armes St. Etienne - one of several government-owned arms factories in France). It has been upgraded to FR F2 standard, and is still in service with all branches of French armed forces in this version. It was first designed around the 7.5×54mm MAS cartridge before being converted to 7.62×51mm NATO ammunition when it was upgraded to FR F2 standard. It was equipped with a scope, French army standard issue being an APX L806. Its practical range is 600 to 800 meters. It is a very accurate sniper rifle, due to its quality, free-floating barrel and efficient combined muzzle brake/stabilizer that dampens the barrel vibrations. The FR F1 utilizes the same bolt design as the older MAS-36 infantry rifle. The FR-F1 was fitted with a bipod with fully adjustable legs, mid-way along the length of the rifle.

Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne
Production Period 1966 - 1980
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1966
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1976 1976 View
Mauritania View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne 1966 1980 View

Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin France
Service history
Used by France, Mauritania
Production history
Manufacturer MAS GIAT Industries
Produced 1966-1980
Weight 5.3 kg
Length 1200 mm
Barrel length 650 mm
Cartridge 7.5×54mm French then 7.62×51mm NATO
Action Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 780 m/s
Effective firing range 800 m
Feed system 10-round detachable box magazine
Sights Telescopic sight

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