The Mosquefal M968 (MQ M968) is a variant of the earlier 1908 DWM Brazilian Mauser rifle; it is lighter in weight with a shorter barrel, curved bolt, and larger cartridge. The M908 was chambered for the 7x57mm Mauser cartridge, then popular throughout Latin America. The M968 is chambered for the 7.62 x 51 mm NATO cartridge, to allow compatibility with the FN FAL, the Brazilian service rifle. This model is manufactured in Itajubá, Minas Gerais by IMBEL. The name is a portmanteau of mosquetão and FAL, noting the bolt-action rifle's compatibility with the ammunition and accessories of the assault rifle.
This weapon is used in various auxiliary units of the Brazilian Army. The M968 was developed from the Mosquetão .30 M954 (caliber .30-06 Springfield) now in disuse in the Brazilian Army) which was rechambered and issued with minor external modifications. The MQ M968 has features similar to the M964 7.62 (FN FAL), allowing use of the same ammunition and grenade-firing attachments.
- 762M1 (ball)
- 762M1 ft (blank),
- 762TR (tracer),
- 762PR (armor-piercing),
- 762E (explosive)
- LçBcAP and LçBcAC (grenade launching).
The use of special ammunition for Snipers, with a balanced and heavier projectile (175 or 180 grains) increases the accuracy of firing at longer distances.
It is a precision weapon, which, beyond the basic training of the Army shooters (Tiros de Guerra) is also used by police forces throughout the country.