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FAMAE SAF

Submachine gun

FAMAE SAF

The Chilean FAMAE SAF is similar in concept to a famous HK MP5

 
 
Country of origin Chile
Entered service 1993
Caliber 9x19 mm Parabellum
Weight 2.97 kg
Length (stock extended) 610 mm
Length (stock folded) 410 mm
Barrel length 200 mm
Muzzle velocity 390 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 1 200 rpm
Practical rate of fire 30 - 90 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire up to 100 m

 

   The SAF is a submachine gun developed in Chile by Fabricas y Maestranzas del Ejercito (FAMAE). The FAMAE is a small state-owned arms factory. Production of this weapon commenced in 1993. It is in service with Chilean armed forces and law enforcement forces. Also it has been exported to some countries, including Portugal.

   The FAMAE SAF is modeled after a popular and highly successful German Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. It is based on FAMAE SG 540 assault rifle, which is a license-produced version of the Swiss SIG SG 540. This assault rifle was produced by FAMAE in the 1980s. The SAF can be seen as a scaled-down and rechambered version of the SG 540 assault rifle. It is a blowback-operated weapon, which is fired from a closed bolt. Though rotating bolt has been redesigned replaced by a simple blowback bolt. Upper and lower receivers are connected by two steel pins in the same manner as on the M16 assault rifle. This submachine gun is chambered for a standard 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. There is also a version chambered for .40S&W ammunition. Overall design of this weapon proved to be successful.

   A fire mode selector is located over the pistol grip. It is conveniently operated by a thumb. It has settings for "safe", "semi-auto", "3-round burst" and "full auto". There are semi-automatic only versions of this weapon, intended for civil customers and law enforcement forces. The trigger group is similar to that of the FAMAE SG 540 assault rifle.

   This submachine gun is fed from 30-round capacity magazines. Magazines are made of steel or translucent polymer. When the translucent magazines are used, the shooter can easily see how many rounds are left in the magazine. Two or more magazines can be clamped together for faster reloading.

   This weapon has got a side-folding wire stock. Though it is also available with a solid polymer buttstock.

   The FAMAE SAF comes with simple iron sights. The rear sight post is adjustable for range. Newer versions are also fitted with Picatiny-type scope rails. Range of effective fire is up to 100 meters.

 

Variants

 

   SAF SD is a version of the FAMAE SAF with integral silencer. In concept it resembles the German Heckler & Koch MP5SD submachine gun. This weapon is intended for special operations forces and reconnaissance units.

   Mini SAF is a more compact version with a shorter barrel. This weapon is only 300 mm long and has a much shorter 110 mm barrel. It has a vertical handle instead of the foregrip. This submachine gun comes as standard without stock, however a side-folding stock of the baseline SAF can be attached. The Mini SAF is fed from 20-round capacity magazines. Though it is also compatible with standard 30-round magazines of the baseline SAF. In concept this weapon is similar to the German Heckler & Koch MP5K. This submachine gun is well suited for concealed carrying. This weapon was intended for special services, VIP security teams and other security operatives, who needed a concealed weapon. This submachine gun can be concealed under clothes, or kept in the car's glove box and other confined spaces.

   SAF 200 is an updated version with a new side-folding buttstock and a new foregrip. The stock can be also adjusted for length. This weapon comes with Picatinny-type rails for optics and tactical add-ons. This submachine gun was tested by the Chilean Army.

 

 
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