Firearm Infobox
Name, Image, type, origin
Name SAF
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin Flag of Chile Chile
Service history
In service
Used by Chile, Portugal
Production history
Designed 1996
Manufacturer FAMAE
Variants Mini-SAF, Silenced SAF
Weight 2.7 kg (6.0 lb) empty (9x19mm Parabellum)
3 kg (6.6 lbs) empty (.40 S&W)
Length 640 mm (stock open)
410 mm (stock closed)
Barrel length 198 mm (7.9 in)
Caliber 9x19mm Parabellum
.40 S&W
Action Blowback, closed bolt
Muzzle velocity
Effective range 150 m
Maximum range
Other identifying characteristics
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The FAMAE SAF is a submachine gun produced since 1996 by FAMAE (Fábricas y Maestranzas del Ejército), the Chilean government small arms factory. It is in service with the Chilean armed forces and police and is exported abroad.

The SAF is a recoil-operated select-fire gun, firing from a closed bolt. It is based on the Swiss SIG SG 540 assault rifle which was produced under license in Chile in the 1980s. In general the design is a shortened version of the SIG 540 rifle, but the rifle's rotating bolt has been replaced with a simple blowback bolt. The SAF also has a bolt hold-open catch that engages after the final shot. Otherwise, the receiver, stock, fore-end, trigger/hammer assembly and floating firing pin design are from the SIG 540. The upper receiver is steel but the lower receiver, pistol grip and trigger guard are all made from polymer. The ambidextrous safety/fire selector switch has four settings: safe, single shot, 3-round burst, and fully automatic.

The SAF is manufactured in four versions: the standard model with a fixed polymer buttstock, standard with a left-side-folding tubular metal buttstock, a model with an integral suppressor and folding buttstock, and the Mini-SAF. The Mini-SAF is very compact, at only 12 inches long. It has a shorter barrel, no shoulder stock (although the left-side-folding tubular metal buttstock of the standard SAF can be attached), and a vertical foregrip. The Mini-SAF can use the standard 30-round magazines, but comes with special 20-round magazines for a smaller profile. All versions have post front sights with ajustable elevation, and aperture rear sights, ajustable for windage.

The magazines are transparent plastic, allowing the number of available rounds to be determined visually. The magazine is fitted with protruding lugs on one side and corresponding slots on the other, allowing two or three magazines to be clipped together for faster reloading.

The Paramilitary Police, gendarmerie type, Portuguese Republican National Guard (GNR - Guarda Nacional Republicana) and the Prison Guard (Guarda Prisional) both use the FAMAE SAF. The GNR is thought to have both some 4500 weapons, replacing older SMG and, partially, the G-3 assault rifle in public order maintenance activities.

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