FAMAS | Weapon Guide | CS:GO

The FAMAS is a popular choice for the 2nd round for Counter-Terrorists, if you decide not to eco. With it’s medium cost of 2250$ it is also often bought in force-buy-rounds when M4 + Armor + Grenades is too expensive. The FAMAS comes with automatic and burst (3 bullets) mode, which makes it flexible weapon across all distances.

To improve your general aiming refer to our How to aim better in CS:GO guide.

  1. Shooting techniques
  2. Spray patterns and recoil compensation
  3. Properties

FAMAS Video Tutorial by Hatton (please note that some properties are outdated in this video, but it’s still a nice overview)

Shooting techniques


Tapping with the FAMAS makes sense when you are not playing against opponents with head armor, since you can kill them with a single headshot. It’s worth practicing for long distance combat, but often the burst mode is preferred, due to it’s slightly higher accuracy. Tapping avoids spray effects altogether. Since it take only milliseconds to reset, you can shoot pretty fast.

Exercise: Practicing FAMAS Tapping

Timer: 10:00 min

Shoot once at a blank wall and choose a spot about 2 meters left or right at close range and shoot once again. Now try to hit these spots alternatingly, close around the first entry holes, one bullet at a time. In general, focus on bursting and spraying with the FAMAS.


Start a local offline game without bots on de_dust2. Set the warmup time to 10 minutes by entering ‘mp_warmuptime 600’. You can restart the warmup at any time with ‘mp_warmup_start’.


Bursting with the FAMAS can be done in burst mode as well as automatic mode. The burst mode is slightly more accurate with the first bullet and the fire rate is significantly higher. If you practice bursting and you do not have dynamic crosshair (most don’t these days), you know that your aim is reset, when your weapon model is back into default position (it goes up and back while bursting). You can use bursting in combination with side stepping / strafing in order to be harder to hit. Use bursting especially for medium to long distances with the FAMAS. Do not use the burst mode in close range combat.

Exercise: Controlling FAMAS Bursts

Timer: 10:00 min

Shoot at a blank wall and line up bursts of 3-6 shots closely around the first shot.


Start a local offline game without bots on de_dust2. Set the warmup time to 20 minutes by entering ‘mp_warmuptime 1200’. You can restart the warmup at any time with ‘mp_warmup_start’.


Spraying can be effectice with the FAMAS in short and medium distance fights against multiple opponents. The spray pattern is a bit more complicated than the M4A4s. Even if you don’t hit a headshot (for which you should always aim) the first hit will most likely throw off your opponents aim. To learn to control the spray pattern of the FAMAS try the following aiming exercise.

Exercise: Practicing FAMAS Spraying

Timer: 15:00 min
  • Shoot against a wall and control your spray pattern
  • start with trying to do only single shots
  • then 2 which also usually land on the exact same spot, depending on the weapon
  • then 3, now practice to pull down at the right moment to land all bullets on the same spot
  • then 4 and so on
  • progress to more shots only when you have mastered one level

Start a local offline game without bots on de_dust2. Set the warmup time to 15 minutes by entering ‘mp_warmuptime 900’. You can restart the warmup at any time with ‘mp_warmup_start’.

  • Open an empty server
    • e.g. map de_dust2_se
  • Configure the server for training in the console
    • sv_cheats 1 (Cheat Mode on)
    • impulse se 101 (16000 money)
    • sv_showimpacts 1 (show impacts)
    • sv_infiniteammo 2 (infinite ammo)
  • Buy a FAMAS

Spray patterns and recoil compensation

FAMAS Spray Pattern | CS:GO FAMAS Recoil Compensation| CS:GO

Mastering the above techniques (especially the full spray) takes a lot of  practice time to master. To speed up your learning curve, look at the following animated pray patterns by twowordbird. The first shows the exact spray pattern (without randomness) of the FAMAS, while the second show the movement your mouse needs to do to compensate it. Try to follow the seconds pattern with your mouse, then try to repeat it in the game.


FAMAS Properties
Price $2250
Magazine capacity 25/90
Firing mode(s) Automatic / Burst
Rate of fire 666 RPM / 800 RPM
Used by Counter-Terrorists
Reload time 3.3 seconds
Movement speed 220
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 30
Armor Penetration 70%
Penetration Power 200
Hotkey B-4-1 CT

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