This MAS was manufactured by MAS at Chatellerault, France at a date unknown and was modified to a 1936-51 model in the early fifties. The rifle is in very good condition and has matching numbers with the exception of the butt and magazine base plate. The grenade launcher is complete and the rifle has been professionally restored by TVG. The barrels condition is good, with strong, sharp rifling and accuracy is very good. The rifle has been fitted with a period MAS 49/56 series 1 mount and a Hensoldt Mil Spec scope that was used by the French on the MAS49/56. Reason for the sale is the rifle is not being used and has fired a total of 225 round during my ownership. The rifle comes with brass, dies and powder. This is an example of an increasing rare model in superb condition.
The receiver is in very good condition with no noticeably wear. The receiver has a five round internal magazine which feeds without fault. Metal work is very good with no damage and the phosphate finish is original. Receiver markings are typical for a MAS and consist of model, serial number, proof marks manufacturer and inspectors stamps. There is no wear to the receiver and the bolt cycles smoothly without any excess movement. The receiver has been fitted with a rail which permits the fitting of a period MAS 49/56 series 1 mount and a Hensoldt Zf 4x24 Mil Spec scope that was used by the French on the MAS49/56.
The bolt has no wear and no damage to the bolt face, it is fitted with the typical MAS extractor making extraction and ejection highly effective. The bolt function is smooth and reliable, the bolt has matching numbers, proof and inspectors stamps.
The barrel is a five groove model with a good bore. The rifling is strong, sharp and accuracy is superb. The muzzle is undamaged and all the metalwork retains its original finish. Barrel has a round crown and markings are the factory proof marks and calibre. The barrel is fitted with a complete and quite rare grenade launcher and the typical under barrel bayonet.
The furniture is beech and is in excellent condition with no fractures. Woodwork is fitted correctly and nothing is loose.
The rifle sold with its associated reloading dies, brass and powder.