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Franchilf59
Franchi LF-59
Country of origin

Italy

Designer

Franchi

Production began

1959

Weapon type

Battle Rifle

Caliber

7.62x51mm NATO

Action

Gas operated (Long-stroke piston)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20 rounds


The LF-59 is a battle rifle of Italian origin. Althought being similar to the FN FAL It was operated by a long-stroke gas piston, which was directly connected to the bolt carrier. The bolt pivoted upward when the carrier and piston started to travel backward, unlocking itself when the pressure had dropped to a safe level, much like an STG 44. It was a well built rifle, but also expensive to manufacture, so the Italian armed forces ultimately chose the Beretta BM-59, itself a modernization of the M1 Garand.

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