Alternate name(s) Clarion 5.56
Game(s) Cs t Csx t Cscz t Csczds t Css t Game icon 730
Price $2250
Magazine cost $60
Origin France flag France
Caliber 5.56 caliber
Magazine capacity 25 / 90 Cs t Cscz t Csczds t Css t Game icon 730
25 / 75 Csx t
Firing mode(s) Automatic
3-round burst
Rate of fire 666 RPM (Auto)
800 RPM (Burst)
Weight (loaded) 3.40 kg
Projectile weight 4 g
Muzzle velocity 2212 ft/s
Muzzle energy 1712 J
Used by Counter-Terrorists
Reload time 3.3 seconds
Counterpart IDF Defender Cs t Csx t Cscz t Css t
Galil AR Game icon 730
Movement speed
(units per second)
220 / 250 (88%)
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 30
Recoil Control 21 / 26 (80%)
Accurate Range 15 m
Armor Penetration 70%
Penetration Power 200
Range Modifier 0.96
Hotkey B-4-1 CT
Entity weapon_famas

A cheap option for cash-strapped players, the FAMAS effectively fills the niche between more expensive rifles and the less-effective SMGs.
―Official description

The FAMAS, or Clarion 5.56, as it was previously known, is a rifle featured in the Counter-Strike series.


The FAMAS (French: Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne or "Assault rifle from the Saint-Étienne weapon factory") is a bullpup assault rifle designed and manufactured in France by MAS (Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne) located in Saint-Étienne. It is notably used by the French Military as a service rifle. The model featured in Global Offensive is modeled after the FAMAS G1 (using curved STANAG magazines, a feature of the FAMAS G2), whereas it is modeled after the original FAMAS F1 in older games.[1]

In-game, the FAMAS is a fairly powerful automatic and 3-round burst assault rifle available exclusively to the Counter-Terrorists. It is one of the two weapons in Counter-Strike with a burst feature, the other being the Glock-18. The burst option slightly increases the rate of fire, but increases the delay between individual bursts (trigger pulls).

The accuracy of the alternative burst-fire is higher in Counter-Strike: Source, as its spread is tighter at close ranges or/and when crouching.

Although economically friendly, the FAMAS is usually discarded in later rounds for more powerful weapons such as the M4A1 (M4A4 or M4A1-S in Global Offensive) or the Steyr AUG, but some players still prefer the FAMAS due to its accuracy in burst fire mode in long ranges and its ability to easily score headshots.

Like with the Glock-18, Bots never use the burst-fire mode and will fire in automatic mode, unless the FAMAS was already set to burst mode before it was picked up. However, should they use the alternative three-burst mode, they appear notably overpowered at long range even in easy mode due to their excellent overall accuracy.

The Clarion 5.56 is one of the four weapons that cannot fire underwater, the others being the Leone 12 Gauge Super, Leone YG1265 Auto Shotgun, and IDF Defender.

Prior to Counter-Strike: Source, the FAMAS had the highest knockback power out of all weapons (the second is the Galil). Although risky, the knockback effect can be used to make AWP users miss their shot before they can fire (if they fired a shot within 0.2 seconds after being shot by a FAMAS user). The FAMAS can also be used to "lift" a teammate with sufficient health into an area where otherwise cannot be accessed. However this requires the server option friendly fire to be enabled.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 120 84
Chest & Arm 30 21
Stomach 37 26
Leg 22 22
Red signifies a fatal hit.

The FAMAS is a moderate weight weapon. While wielded, the movement speed of players is 220 units per second (default speed is 250), meaning they have 12% speed reduction. The FAMAS is one of the few weapons unable to shoot underwater.



  • Low damage for an assault rifle
  • Low accuracy if fired in automatic mode, except in CS:S.
  • Low rate of fire if fired in burst-fire mode.
  • Slightly smaller magazine size than the other assault rifles.
  • Cannot fire underwater
  • Slightly more expensive than its Terrorists' counterpart.
  • Long reload time


  • The full auto mode is recommended for short range combat. Aim for the enemy's head and spray bullets at full auto, and compensate for the moderate recoil.
    • Some players may prefer sticking to the full auto mode even at long ranges, allowing a larger margin of error since there delay between trigger pulls isn't as long. It is best to tapfire the weapon at long range or fire one to two shots in quick succession. However, do note that the first shot accuracy of full auto mode is slightly lower than the burst mode.
  • The burst mode is recommended long ranges as the bursts have very little recoil and have a higher first-shot accuracy (as long as the player isn't moving).
    • One 3-round burst deals lethal damage if the burst makes a headshot and another torsoshot. However, this is notably difficult if a target is moving, thus one may have to aim for the stomach/torso to maximize accuracy and still inflict decent damage, and possibly make the recoil push the aim to a lethal follow-up headshot.
    • 3-round burst mode is recommended for those who excel in scoring headshots, especially in Source where the cone of the tri-burst grouping is reduced. As such, it is possible to get two of the three rounds to hit the head, resulting an instant-kill regardless of the enemy's condition.
    • The burst mode increases the delay between individual trigger pulls, making it more difficult to fight against multiple enemies. It is better to use automatic fire when fighting multiple enemies.


In the Tour of Duty, the Clarion 5.56 kill challenge appears in:

Map Difficulty Challenge
Downed tod wide
Easy Kill 2 enemies
Normal Kill 3 enemies
Hard / Expert Kill 5 enemies

The following bots use the Clarion 5.56 as their main weapon:

Counter-Terrorist bots that prefer the Maverick M4A1 Carbine or sniper rifles may purchase the Clarion 5.56 if they do not have enough money to purchase their main weapon.

The Clarion 5.56 is usable in Downed Pilot, where the player starts the level with the weapon and loses it when they are captured. Compared to its multiplayer version, the Deleted Scenes Clarion has less recoil and a higher rate of fire in burst-fire mode. The weapon can also be seen behind the weapons counter in Counter Terrorist Training.

Main article: Maghreb

Equipment Proficiency: Active Duty, FAMAS  (316)

Mission Unlock(s) Reward
Get FAMAS kills in Deathmatch: Mirage matches.
Remaining kills :  100
Set mirage

Mirage Collection

Main article: Wildfire

Basic Economics  (713)

Mission Unlock(s) Reward
Score 30 FAMAS or Galil AR kills in Deathmatch: Tulip matches.

Challenge Award: ★
Csgo-campaign-difficulty complete 1

300 XP
+10 XP per kill-when the weapon is from the Wildfire Collection.

Brief Audio
“These are the least expensive assault rifles you can buy: they're not flashy, but they're perfect for an Operator on a budget.”
Felix Riley
Op07 713

Come For The Wooden Shoes, Stay For The Firefight  (716)

Mission Unlock(s) Reward
Score 40 FAMAS or Galil AR kills in Casual: Tulip matches.

Challenge Award: ★★
Csgo-campaign-difficulty complete 2

400 XP
+10 XP per kill-when using an enemy's gun.

Brief Audio
“A quaint Dutch village has turned into a battleground: protect the village and stop the Phoenix.”
Felix Riley
Op07 716

Main article: Hydra

Bridging The Gap  (910)

Mission Unlock(s) Reward
Guardian Co-op Challenge: Play as a Counter-Terrorist with a partner and protect the bombsite from enemies on Rialto.

Score a win by getting 20 enemy kills with FAMAS.

Note: Players spawn with the P2000/USP-S.

350 XP

Brief Audio
“The Phoenix are trying to take out the Rialto bridge—you stopping them will go a long way to getting me off of Felix's shit list. And save innocent lives. I probably should have led with that one, that's probably more motivating. Let's just pretend I said something appropriately heroic.”
Rona Sabri
Csgo hydra mission intro 910


Clarion 5.56 Expert Clarion 5.56 Expert
Kill 500 enemy players with the Clarion 5.56.

Weapon Specialist
FAMAS Expert csgo FAMAS Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the FAMAS.

Unused Content

  • In Global Offensive files, an unused alternate firing sound (famas-1.wav) and a distant firing sound (famas-1-distant.wav) can be found.


  • In 1.6, the Clarion was held in a similar way to the UMP-45 in third person, in which the player model appears to be holding a nonexistent foregrip. This is fixed in Counter-Strike: Source.
  • In the GoldSrc games, there is a glitch that when purchasing ammo with the default primary weapon ammunition key, the Clarion will fire in burst-mode for a few seconds, although it will not harm anyone.


  • This weapon was added to Counter-Strike 1.6 after the release of Condition Zero.
  • The magazine model of the FAMAS in Global Offensive are curved 30-round STANAG magazines (that only hold 25 rounds in gameplay), while its magazines in earlier games are proprietary 25-round straight FAMAS magazines.
  • In 1.6, the purchase icon for the Clarion lacks the magazine and charging handle.
  • In 1.6, the charging handle does not reciprocate when firing. This is fixed in later games.
  • In 1.6, the Clarion does not feature its real-life ladder sights for rifle grenades/grenade launchers or its bipod. The ladder sights are added in Condition Zero (missing in Source viewmodel) and the bipod in Source.
  • The French army nicknamed this gun "Le Clairon", in English "The Bugle", due to its similar profile to a bugle. The developers likely based its Counter-Strike name "Clarion 5.56" on this fact.
  • In Counter-Strike: Source, if the Clarion is fired in three-round burst mode, the weapon ejects 7 shells.
    • Like the Glock-18, the FAMAS will eject three or more shells if the three-round burst mode is used, regardless if the player has one or two rounds left in the magazine.
  • In 1.6, if the player looks at the ground while reloading the Clarion, the reload animation shows the same magazine appearing to be taken out and simply placed back into the weapon. This can also be seen if the FOV is set around 65 to 80 via console commands.
  • In Global Offensive, the FAMAS is slightly more accurate when standing than when crouching in burst fire mode, unlike all other weapons.
  • While the FAMAS is modeled after a FAMAS G2 in Global Offensive, its HUD icon is still a FAMAS F1.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1

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