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IMBEL MD-97 assault rifle (Brazil)

IMBEL assault rifles, top "military" MD-97L, bottom "police"MD-97LC; versions with folding buttstocks
IMBEL assault rifles, top "military" MD-97L, bottom "police"MD-97LC; versions with folding buttstocks

 


  MD-97L MD-97LC
Caliber 5,56x45mm NATO
Overall length 1010 mm (770 mm with butt folded) 850 mm (600 mm with butt folded)
Barrel length 437 mm 330 mm
Weight 3,7 kg rmpty 3,3 kg empty
Rate of fire ?  
Magazine capacity 20 or 30 rounds

 

IMBEL MD-97 family of rifles was developed on the basis of earlier IMBELMD-2 rifles, with certain improvements in parts and overall size. The family consists of two basic models, the selectively-fired MD-97L rifle, which isintended for Brazilian Army's Special Forces, and semi-automatic only MD-97LC carbine, which is intended for police use.

IMBEL MD-97 rifles feature gas operated action with short-stroke piston and rotary bolt locking. The trigger unit and folding or fixed buttstock are same as on earlier 7,62mm Fz MD963 rifles (Brazilian-made copies of Belgian FN FAL rifle).Both rifle and police carbine variants are available with either fixed or folding buttstocks; the military MD-97L also can be fitted with domestically-made 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher or bayonet. MD-97 rifles use M16-compatible magazines.