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FARA 83 assault rifle was developed at Argentinean small arms factory FabricaMilitar de Armas Portatiles Domingo Matheu by 1983. About 1200 rifles were produced by 1986, but further manufacture was ceased because of budgetary limitations. The prototype was completed in 1981, but production didn’t start until 1984, and continued until 1990.

FARA 83 assault rifle is gas operated weapon that uses rotary bolt locking system.Receiver is largely made from steel stampings, with trigger unit hinged to it behind the magazine housing.  The gas system was fitted with cut-off valve which permitted launching of rifle grenades using special blanc ammunition.Buttstock was made from polymer and could be folded to the side to safe the space.

By the late 1980s, under Carlos Menem’s tenure as president, the country was undergoing economic difficulties. The economic crisis severely limited the production of modern weapons. This factor forced President Menem to cancel several projects, including the Condor I and Condor II, the FARA 83, and SAIA 90. He was also forced to close armament factories, including TAMSE (Tanque Argentino Mediano Sociedad del Estado), which was responsible for the TAM tanks and Domecq Garcia Shipyard (the only submarine-related shipyard). Production of the rifle ground to a halt after 1193 rifles had been completed, however, it was resumed in 1990; it is unknown how many rifles were made, but for the most part the Argentine Armed Forces are still armed with the FSL-FAL rifle, while the FARA 83 being a secondary weapon.

The FARA-83 was mostly inspired by the Israeli Galil. Features include a folding buttstock and tritium sights for aiming in low light conditions; the rifle uses a proprietary 30 round Beretta AR70 magazines(early issue), and has a trigger group that enables semi-automatic and fully automatic fire.

Caliber: 5,56x45mm
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 1000 mm (745 mm with butt folded)
Barrel length: 452 mm
Weight: 3,95 kg empty
Rate of fire: 750 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds

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