|Alternate name(s)||Clarion 5.56|
|Magazine capacity|| 25 / 90 |
25 / 75
|Firing mode(s)|| Automatic|
|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|
|Reload time||3.3 seconds|
|Counterpart|| IDF Defender |
| Movement speed|
(units per second)
|220 / 250 (88%)|
|Kill Award|| $300 (Competitive)|
|Recoil Control||21 / 26 (80%)|
|Accurate Range||15 m|
“A cheap option for cash-strapped players, the FAMAS effectively fills the niche between more expensive rifles and the less-effective SMGs.”
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.
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.
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.
|Chest & Arm||30||21|
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.
- 3-round burst firing is preferable for long-range encounters
- The cheapest Counter-Terrorist assault rifle
- Very accurate at long range when using bursts
- Low recoil while in burst mode
- 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:
|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:
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.
Equipment Proficiency: Active Duty, FAMAS (316)
| Get FAMAS kills in Deathmatch: Mirage matches. |
Remaining kills : 100
Basic Economics (713)
| Score 30 FAMAS or Galil AR kills in Deathmatch: Tulip matches.|
Challenge Award: ★
|“These are the least expensive assault rifles you can buy: they're not flashy, but they're perfect for an Operator on a budget.”|
Come For The Wooden Shoes, Stay For The Firefight (716)
| Score 40 FAMAS or Galil AR kills in Casual: Tulip matches.|
Challenge Award: ★★
|“A quaint Dutch village has turned into a battleground: protect the village and stop the Phoenix.”|
Bridging The Gap (910)
|Guardian Co-op Challenge: Play as a Counter-Terrorist with a partner and protect the bombsite from enemies on Rialto.||
|“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.”|
- 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.
- FAMAS at Wikipedia.