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Old 12-12-2012, 06:56   #10
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The FAMAS is a variation on the HK system, I believe it uses a lever rather than rollers.

Still highly reliable (with good mags). Friend of mine is a now retired Legionairre with a combat tour in Afghanistan using one. He still prefers the M4, but his FAMAS didn't let him down the times it came to small-arms work.

A straight blowback 5.56mm would end up needing both hands, a foot and three friends to cycle the action. Something like a shoulder fired Schwarzlose......

Even for 9mm SMGs blowback can be a bit much, there's some heavy bolt SMGs out there.
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