|Full text name||LAPA FA 03 assault rifle|
|Caliber cartridge||5.56x45 NATO, .223 Remington|
|Overall length, mm||738|
|Barrel length, mm||490|
|Weight empty, kg||3,5|
|Magazine capacity, rounds||30|
|Cyclic rate of fire, rounds/min||650|
The LAPA FA-03 rifle was developed by Nelmo Suzano at Laboratorio de Pesquisa de Armamento Automatico(LAPA) between 1978 and 1983. This lightweight bullpup rifle features a plastic housing and an interesting double action trigger system. Only one prototype LAPA asssault rifle was ever built.
The LAPA FA-03 assault rifle is a gas operated weapon that uses conventional piston-operated system with rotating bolt locking. The most unusual thing about FA-03 is its trigger, which can be set to “double action” mode, in which rifle can be carried safely with loaded chamber and hammer in lowered position, safety disengaged. In this mode, rifle is ready to fire but it requires along and deliberate trigger pull to fire the first round (a system very popular in modern semi-automatic pistols). Otherwise this was a fairy conventional weapon, with right side only ejection and open sights (rear sight is built into carryinghandle).