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FAMAE SAF

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Chile

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1990's

  • DESIGNER
    FAMAE

  • PRODUCTION
    1993 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Chile - FAMAE

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited size and weight
    Simple design
    Low production costs
    Difficult to mount optics and accessories
    High rate of fire

Introduction

The SAF is a sub machine gun of Chilean origin. It was designed by FAMAE in the early 1990's. The design of the SAF is based on the Swiss SG-540 assault rifle which FAMAE already produced under license.

Design

The SAF is a blowback operated weapon that fires from a closed bolt position. The internal mechanism is mostly similar to the SG-540, but the rotating bolt has been replaced by the blowback mechanism. Additionally a three round burst mechanism has been added. The forearm and fixed stock are made out of polymer. Folding stock versions use a metal tubular side folding stock.

Firepower

The SAF fires the 9x19mm round from 20 or 30 round translucent magazines. The cyclic rate of fire is very high at about 1.200 rpm. This makes the three round burst option very useful. The maximum effective range is quoted as 150 meters.

Users

The first users of the SAF have been the Chilean military and law enforcement. Recently the Portuguese gendarmerie has placed a large order. Export sales are expected to continue as the SAF has a limited cost and a good performance.

Variants

SAF

The SAF is the standard version from which two other models have been derived: the Mini SAF and SAF SD. The SAF is available with a fixed polymer stock and a metal tubular side folding stock. Recently a SAF chambered in .40 S&W has been developed.

  • Specifications:
  • SAF
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine20, 30 rounds
OperationBlowback operated, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire1.120 - 1.280 rpm
Barrel length198 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 250 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity390 m/s
StockFixed or foldable
Length640 mm / 410 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.7 kg empty (fixed stock), 2.9 kg empty (folding stock)
SightsIron sights, post front and aperture rear
Remarks-

Mini SAF

The Mini SAF is a more compact version of the SAF that can be used for concealed carry. The Mini SAF has a much shorter barrel and lacks a stock. A vertical grip is fitted and a sling can be attached at the buttcap. It is normally used with 20 round magazines, although the standard 30 round magazines can be used as well.

TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine20, 30 rounds
OperationBlowback operated, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire1.200 rpm
Barrel length115 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 250 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity370 m/s
Stock-
Length310 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.3 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and aperture rear
Remarks-

SAF SD

The silenced version of the SAF is fitted with an integrated silencer. The silencer makes the weapon longer than the standard version and reduces the rate of fire. The silenced SAF is only available with the metal side folding stock.

TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine20, 30 rounds
OperationBlowback operated, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire980 rpm
Barrel length220 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 250 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity300 m/s
StockFoldable
Length810 mm / 570 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and aperture rear
RemarksIntegrated silencer

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