Not to be confused with MAT Tritube, a related weapon.

The MAS Tritube was a French prototype triple-barreled assault rifle designed and produced by the Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne in prototype form only.

An experimental assault rifle design, the MAS Tritube was an attempt at increasing the rate of fire of an assault rifle.

History[edit | edit source]

The Tritube was designed in 1972[1] as an attempt to design a small-caliber assault rifle with a high rate of fire.

One prototype was built by the Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne and it competed against a similar design by the Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle. The design of both weapons proved unsatisfactory and the concept was not developed further.[2]

Design Details[edit | edit source]

The Tritube operated using a lever delayed blowback system.[1] The weapon takes three round plastic clips with three rounds inside them; these are inserted into oversized magazines which hold a number of these plastic clips.[2]

Ammunition[edit | edit source]

The weapon takes 5.56×45mm NATO ammunition inside square plastic clips.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Johnston, Gary Paul, Nelson, Thomas B., The World's Assault Rifles, 2016
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