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by kelt
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 43
Views: 3717
France

Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

A few pictures of a Mousqueton M16 issued in September 1918 by MAC, the finish is very similar to CGSteve rifle.
by kelt
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 43
Views: 3717
France

Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

Too bad about the missing or erased circular reception stamp, the SN stamping on the left cheek of the stock is very crisp, the circular reception stamp was stamped just as vigorously and may have been erased on purpose.
by kelt
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 43
Views: 3717
France

Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

A well preserved example! The original stowed paint finish (Parkolac) may have been enhanced by a coat of varnish (the wood furniture looks varnished on the pictures). The original finish of the furniture was linseed oil. The receiver was provided by MAT arsenal (Tulle) but the rifle was assembled b...
by kelt
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 43
Views: 3717
France

Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

BD 4161 was made in 1926/27, one of the highest known SN.

Is there a circular reception stamp on the right side of the stock?
by kelt
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Non-refurb MAS 49/56
Replies: 8
Views: 935
France

Re: Non-refurb MAS 49/56

The absence of a refurbishing stamp does not guaranty you rifle was not refurbished. Since the rear sight winding adjustment screw hosting the peep sight of your rifle is not original to a standard rifle but looks like its from a MSE setup, the accuracy of your rifle may surprise you favourably. Bew...
by kelt
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Non-refurb MAS 49/56
Replies: 8
Views: 935
France

Re: Non-refurb MAS 49/56

Careful if tinkering with the night sight dots, it's tritium, best not inhaled or ingested even when old!

The French Armourers erased or crossed over the old electrical pencil SN before writing the new one.

kelt
by kelt
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 43
Views: 3717
France

Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

I had some interactions in the past with the "expert" you mentioned and it turned nasty, what you suggest would amount to a lot of work and would require the agreement of the original writer.
by kelt
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 43
Views: 3717
France

Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

The emergency of the First World War and the long production history of the Berthier rifle has resulted in a chaotic situation for the modern Berthier owner. Armorers in the Great War would receive damaged weapons, pull parts from different weapons, and send the new weapon out to the front as soon ...
by kelt
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Model Berthier 1907-15/34 find
Replies: 45
Views: 3881
France

Re: French Model Berthier 1907-15/34 find

The French designation of the Berthier Mle 07-15 M 34 was fusil d'infanterie. According to the serial numbers, around 65.000 were made. A small quantity was also made for the Cavalry with the same barrel length, a bent bolt handle and a rear side sling attachement located on the left side for back c...
by kelt
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French 1884 rifle
Replies: 3
Views: 1316
France

Re: French 1884 rifle

This is a precursor of the Mle 1886 Lebel! This Mle 1884 rifle originally in caliber 11mm is an improved version made by MAS and MAC for the French Army of the Model 1878 Kropatschek built at Steyr for the French Navy (25.000 pieces) who had not bought in the Gras system. About 52.000 rifles Mle 188...
by kelt
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Hood for Front sight Mas 45
Replies: 3
Views: 642
France

Re: Hood for Front sight Mas 45

Check this, pictures of front sight "protector" here:
http://armesfrancaises.free.fr/CR%20Mau ... %2045.html
by kelt
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Mas 36-51
Replies: 5
Views: 1724
France

Re: Mas 36-51

S.B. wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:13 am
Please. explain the -51 designation?
Steve

Year of adoption.
by kelt
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Rifles in German hands
Replies: 15
Views: 1998
France

Re: French Rifles in German hands

You raise a good point, and I had read that Vichy made ammo for Germany.. Does anyone have any idea how much ammo was made??? The Vichy administration had no control over the French military factories, They were under Nazi administration. At least three ammunition manufacturer were tasked with prod...
by kelt
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Rifles in German hands
Replies: 15
Views: 1998
France

Re: French Rifles in German hands

The thing that always got me was the resupply of this French ammo to those german units, The Germans captured like 60 days of combat ammo for the guns. But from everything I have read, when the ammo was gone, there was no allowance to make more.. And the Germans figured those units would be destroy...
by kelt
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Another Mas 36
Replies: 20
Views: 3316
France

Re: Another Mas 36

My only MAS 36 is an "M Series" 1946 which looks to have been thru a rebuild. PPU sell the 7.5 french ammo. Fun to shoot...but NO SAFETY! Second from right in pic No need for a safety on a bolt rifle. How many times has anyone ever used the safety on a Mauser or Mosin Sent from my XT1585 using Tapa...

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