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French MAS Type 62

In the 1950s and early 1960s, the French arsenal MAS produced several dozen prototype rifles in 7.62×51 NATO. This article describes on of the last, the Type 62. It shows a striking resemblance to the Belgian FAL, and came close to being adopted by the French military until the new 5.56mm NATO cartridge began to become popular. The article also show photographs of several earlier MAS experimental designs.

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