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MAS 46-51

Les Fusils Militaires Français, Chassepot, Gras, Lebel, Berthier et MAS 36
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MAS 46-51

#1 Post by nrobertb » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:00 pm

Here are some photos of my MAS, straight out of arsenal refurb. and storage. It is a heavy, blocky little rifle but I enjoy shooting it. Caliber is 7.5x54 French. There is a NATO grenade launcher on the muzzle. The rifling stops about an inch from the end. I've tried it with a repro. grenade and it works fine. Notice that there is no safety. Apparently doctrine called for carrying it with the bolt open when loaded.
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#2 Post by Miller Tyme » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:49 pm

Very nice Robert, while the bolt handle on these always looked like they would be awkward to manipulate I here they are actually quite smooth.

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#3 Post by capt14k » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:53 pm

Very nice indeed. Here is the most detailed write up I've seen on the MAS-36 and it's variants.

https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/201 ... rench-use/

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Re: MAS 46-51

#4 Post by kelt » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:41 pm

The barrel of the MAS 36-51 has the same length as the standard barrel, the grenade launcher assembly is secured to the barrel by the big screw located just ahead of the front sight.
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