Since I finally signed up here I wanted to comment on this thread that a coworker of mine was in the French military and swore that the FAMAS was the most accurate and dependable of military rifles in the world. At the time I chalked it up to national pride, but this thread makes me think he wasn't totally off.
My guess is, you were right, mostly. Or I was a crap shot. Or both. I remember the trigger sucked though. Waiting... waiting... Hearing some spring noise... Waiting some more. Bang!
Three round bursts, well, felt hard to control. Never was allowed to fire full auto (being a conscript scrub), but I guess you'd need to be pretty well trained to have any kind of control.
Heavy reciprocating charging handle. Watch your fingers, especially during rifle grenade drills. Those were fun.
'Surrender sticks' were flimsy. I guess, they worked OK, firing prone. Not really getting in the way otherwise, you'd think they would hang on to all sorts of things, but never really noticed that.
Ergonomics kinda sucked (rotary fire selector way at the back). I guess you're suppose to keep it at a particular setting. Especially for conscripts. Put it in full auto accidentally, and you'd get a major bollocking. Although we were given at most three bullets, never full mags.
No bolt hold open, but felt OK to hold, aim, and point. Safety lever, ... meh. I guess it was a way to have the scrubs keep their fingers away from the trigger. My guess is, a lot of the ergonomics are very safety conscious. Given than a huge range of idiot-types would have to do their military service, handling one of those, which are small and unimpressive at first (almost toy-like). Kind of a problem when you have professionals that rely on the same weapon and have other priorities. Hence why they tend to get 'updated' versions, nowadays.
Floating barrel though. And very simple internally. Just a few large components really. The entire fire control system is housed at the rear of the butt in a sealed plastic device. And from what I've seen, it's pretty complex inside. But when it brakes, just chuck the entire thing out, and get another one.
Ambidextrous... Well ok, but not recommended. I was asked to shoot right-handed, even though I'm left handed. Swapping the ejector around was a bit of a pain. I guess not something you'd do in the field.
Aperture sights, one large, one small, or none (basically, 'very large'). No adjustments as far as I remember.
Felt pretty heavy at the time, but I was all skin and bones at the time of my military service.
I'm not really an authority on weapons, and couldn't compare to anything else really. Only thing I fired were shotguns and small 22LR carbines. But I liked it in general. Ours were pretty beat up though. The carry handle was loose, metal tarnished, but hey, they worked.
IMO, Over-engineered, with quirky characteristics. Kinda 70's 'futuristic', like the Aug (which imo, is a better overall approach to bullpup). Exactly what I expected from our glorious military.
Lots of unique features (delayed blowback, rifle grenades, ambidextrous, bullpup, lots of 'polymers', three-point sling, foldable bipod, three-round burst, crazy ROF). But I guess, once they got round to actually using the same ammo as everyone else, not a bad system.
I like firing it, carrying it. Best thing that I did during my miserable military service.