- 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 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.
Design Details[edit | edit source]
The Tritube operated using a lever delayed blowback system. 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.
Ammunition[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Johnston, Gary Paul, Nelson, Thomas B., The World's Assault Rifles, 2016