Item Nr.: 1065
Brand : Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de St-Etienne
Model : 1949-56
Evolved from the prototype MAS-38/39 and MAS-40 (which entered service in March 1940), followed by the MAS-44, 44A and 44B, the MAS-49 rifle, developed by the French state arms factory Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de St-Etienne (MAS), in 7.5×54 French caliber.
Cartridge adopted in 1929 the .307″ military ball weighs 139 grains and consists of a lead core and cupro-nickel-plated steel jacket. The official muzzle velocity of military ball is listed at 2,690 fps. In short, it is just about on par with the 7.62 NATO.
Su entrambi i modelli MAS-49 e MAS-49/56 sono presenti le slitte per il posizionamento dell’attacco dell’ottica APX 806L(SOM) 3,85x che può essere bloccata semplicemente ruotando la piccola leva dell’attacco stesso.
It saw significant service with French troops in the latter stages of the First Indochina War, as well as the early stages of the Algerian War of Independence and the Suez Crisis.
The MAS-49 and MAS-49/56 both use a 10-round detachable magazine. An 18-round magazine was also produced in very limited numbers. Both rifle models are equipped with a rail on the left side of the receiver. It allows for the immediate installation of an APX 806L(SOM) telescopic sight by sliding it into place and then locking it in with a small pressure lever.
The MAS-49/56 ended production in 1980 and was replaced with the 5.56 x 45 mm NATO caliber FAMAS bullpup assault rifle. It was withdrawn from service in 1990.
This French MAS 49/56 is in original French 7.5mm looks inissued and I suspect it went through a re-arsenalizing program because the park and the wood is like new condition. . This gun has been kept in private collection for many years and the bore shiney and pristine condition.
ALL MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS, with all it original accesories : a night sight assembly, sling, spare magazine, a combination screwdriver and ejector tool, two spare grenade launcher springs, a cleaning pull-thru and brass bore brush, a chamber brush, a flat cleaning brush, an oil bottle, a broken shell extractor still in the sealed plastic bags, a rubber recoil pad, and optionally, a Model 1953 range-compensating 3.85X sniper scope APX 806L(SOM) and mount and a like new bayonet and scabbard.