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The FR F2 (French: Fusil à Répétition modèle F2) is a French bolt-action sniper rifle produced from 1984 by GIAT Industries, now Nexter. The current sniper rifle in service with the French Army, the FR F2s are essentially upgraded versions of the FR F1 sniper rifle that saw service in the French Army until that point.

History[]

Designed in 1984 by the Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne, the FR F2 was created from modifying existing FR F1 rifles by re-milling the breech housing and re-engraving it, along with some other general upgrades of the system.[1]

The rifles were adopted by the French Army in 1984 to replace the FR F1 in military service.[2] The rifle remains in service with the French Army although it appears that the rifle will be replaced in the near future.[3][4]

Design Details[]

As mentioned above, the FR F2 is essentially a modification of the FR F1 system with some general improvements; most notably, the FR F2 features a plastic handguard instead of a wooden one.[5][6]

The weapon has a muzzle brake with long threading and a locking nut; this would theoretically modify the vibratory resonance of the barrel. The venting holes of the muzzle brake are lined up with the grooves of the bore to prevent the vented gases from being obstructed by the muzzle brake cage; this is supposed to help increase accuracy somewhat. The FR F2 is a cock-on-close weapon; when the bolt closes, it cams forward, moving the helical locking lugs forward. If the system is tuned properly, perfect contact can theoretically be achieved between the chamber and the case neck while the rim rests on the bolt head.[2]

The FR F2 has a thicker bridge near the top of the receiver and a lengthened receiver to solve problems with the original MAS-36 system.[2] The FR F2 is fitted with a variety of optics such as the APX L806 or SCROME J8 optics for the Army, Nightforce NXS or SCROME J8 optics for the Air Force and Schmidt & Bender 6×42 mil-dot optics for the Navy;[5] the FR F2 also has a free-floating barrel.[7]

Variants[]

The FR F2 has a number of variants.[5]

FR F2 B

Competition variant used by the Air Force.

FR G1

Variant with FR F1 bipod used bu the Air Force. Converted from MAS-36s.

FR G2

Variant with FR F2 bipod used by the Air Force. Converted from MAS-36s.

FR G3

Prototype version meant to be marketed to civilians. Supposed to be chambered in 7mm-08 Remington.

References[]

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