GIAT MAS .223

GIAT MAS .223

GIAT INDUSTRIES is the privately-owned group which, a few years ago, acquired the state-owned MAS (Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Etienne), which used to equip with its rifle french forces. The MAS-223 is a civilian commercial version of the FA-MAS (FA-MAS means FUSIL AUTOMATIC DE LA MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE SAINT-ETIENNE, or "Assault Rifle made by the Saint-Etienne Weapons Factory). The MAS-.223 fits the proprietary FA-MAS magazines (which were reduced for the civilian users), and fires in semi-automatic only the .5'56x45mm-NATO cartridge. It features a shorter barrel than the FA-MAS F1. It was imported in the USA for a short time, before the 1994 Crime Bill got rid of it. I don't know how much exemplars of this were actually sold in the USA, because I never seen one of those sold second-hand in Internet Guns Exchange websites such as gunsamerica or gunsauctions (maybe this only means that it is so rare that the owners prefer to keep and HOLD IT TIGHT).

Submitted by: PIERANGELO TENDAS