There is another national police force, however, which is under civilian jurisdiction: the Police Nationale, whose blue-white-red swoosh logo has been widely shown. Their officers aren’t usually armed with FAMAS rifles, but with something you might not expect: the Ruger Mini-14.
Their version of the Mini-14 is called the AMD and according to sources were purchased from Ruger back in 1978. They were originally widely issued, but over the years seem to have had their primary home at the Police Nationale. The biggest change from the commercial Mini-14 is the stock, which has an M1 Carbine-like sling cutout in the butt. (This has, rather amusingly, caused armchair commandoes across the internet to proclaim that the “stupid French” were armed with war surplus M1 Carbines!)
This isn’t the only time that the French have sourced firearms from Ruger. Back in the ‘90s the French firm of Manurhin built what was essentially a Ruger Security-Six under license, which they called the MR-88. I’ve not seen one, but I’m told that the guns were quite nicely made, which I would expect from Manurhin.
Ian McCollum over at Forgotten Weapons has a nice writeup of the AMD, along with some great shots of the receiver markings.
-=[ Grant Cunningham ]=-