FR F2 sniper rifle

The FR F2 is the standard sniper rifle of the French military. It is designed for shooting at point targets at distances up to 800 meters.

FR F2 sniper rifle
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Nexter
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1984
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France View
Latvia View
Lithuania View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Nexter 1984 View

The FR-F2 is an upgrade from the earlier FR F1 sniper rifle. It was manufactured by MAS (an abbreviation of Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne - one of several government-owned arms factories in France). MAS now belongs to GIAT Industries, now NEXTER.

The rifle barrel is thermally shielded along a considerable part of the barrel by a polymer shroud. It uses a different bipod-stock configuration from its predecessor, which is built just ahead of the receiver. It uses 7.62×51mm NATO ammunition, and is equipped with a scope, French army standard issue is either an APX L806 or SCROME J8 (Army) or Nightforce NXS (Air force) or Schmidt & Bender 6x42 mil-dot (Navy). The rifle is also issued as part of the FÉLIN infantry combat system outfitted with a Sagem Sword Sniper 3-in-1 optic, which serves as a telescopic sight, thermal weapon sight, and laser rangefinder. The FR F2 utilizes the same bolt design as the older, outdated MAS-36 infantry rifle.

TypeSniper rifle
Place of originFrance
Service history
In service1984–present
Used byFrance, Latvia, Lithuania
Production history
ManufacturerGIAT Industries
Weight5.8 kg (12.75 lbs) loaded
Length47.2 inches
Barrel length650 mm
Cartridge7.62×51mm NATO
Rate of fire5 rpm
Muzzle velocity820 m/s (2,690.3 ft/s)
Effective firing range800 m (874.9 yd)
Feed system10-round detachable box magazine
SightsTelescopic sight

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