100 thoughts on “MAS 49: A Universal Service Rifle

  1. Hi Ian. You would have loved it! One of my parents' friends had been a French Legionnaire. He decided to collect one copy of each rifle he'd had in the Legion. Interesting collection, not just because of the variety, but also because he kept them scattered throughout the house. In each closet you'd find a rifle of some type. And as a Legionnaire, there was no way he's accept to leave them unloaded.

  2. The stacking hook looks like a real anachronism on a post WW2 rifle. I'd be curious to know if they were ever actually used.

  3. It would be interesting to find out just how many of the Syrian guns were sold off, remembering some of what was talked about in your videos in regards to craft built guns in current warzones, I wonder how many of these are still " in service"

  4. You know you almost got a good timing with this and rising storm 2 vietnam realasing this as a weapon in the game I just had a video above this is a guy with the scoped 49 in the game then this

  5. I bought one of the Century Arms 7.62 Nato conversions in 1991 for $220. The bore was well done, and armory had redone the parkerizing and refinished the wood. What Century didn't do was enough testing after the conversion. Apparently they shortened the barrel so they could cut new metal for the 7.62 chamber, shortened the gas tube to match the 9/16" barrel offset, and left the original French springs and recoil system in place. A friend of mine ordered one at the same time. I think these were among the first Century conversions. Mine would never fire a full mag without a jam of some kind, some of which got stuck so badly it required a rod and rubber mallet to free it from the chamber. My buddy's rifle would happily go through multiple mags without a problem. Type of ammo didn't matter in mine, but his could fire cruddy surplus ammo all day. Mags for the 7.62 guns are also crazy expensive now, $50 and higher last I looked. Unless you can confirm from the owner his gun is a shooter, avoid the Century conversions. I've heard of slamfire issues with the 7.5 guns, but they can be fixed with a change ot the firing pin, again from what I've heard. I will say mine was a good shooter when it was feeding rounds properly, about equal to a Garand in accuracy. Unless you're like Ian and just an aficionado of French guns, there are many better shooters than the 56/49.

  6. Congratulations on this project! I know how much you enjoy the history of France's story of firearms development.
    Been watching you for years and dare say… I'm proud of you!
    (Whatever that might mean to you idk..) I'm still happy about your accomplishments!

  7. The MAS 36, 44, 49, 49/56, and FR derivatives of the 36 are all pretty cool. Nice!

    Wouldn't mind one of those Syrian ones but they're probably expensive

  8. Would it be possible for a civilian to get dummy rifle grenades? I am not sure about legality. it doesn't seem like it would be a big deal if you had one…

  9. Obsolete the day that it left the factory. Why were the Russians  ,at that time, the only ones to realize that the German Stg-44 was the beginning of a new era in military rifles? Maybe it was being on the receiving end of that development.

  10. Ian, how does your book compare to "Proud Promise: French Autoloading Rifles, 1898-1979" by Jean Huon ?

  11. I remember seeing one in a local gun shop in the late 1960s, it was brought back from Vietnam by a returning vet. It was only about good to very good condition wise, the price tag was $125- quite a sum in those days.

  12. When the rest of the world puts the magazine release mechanism on the firearm and the slot in the magazine the French? The French put the release mechanism on the magazine and the slot on the firearm, I'm sure there is a quite logical reason for that but it escapes me but then again they use hose clamps to hold the scope to the very nicely engineered scope mount.

  13. I can see I'm not the only one who came from Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. If anyone is curious a LOT of guns available in that game have been reviewed by Ian!

  14. It just seams like the French were behind the curve getting to semi autos. And now the mas 49 is out several years after intermediate carriages were a thing. I'm enjoying this series. I'm really interested to find out if they catch up and maybe get ahead in small arms.

  15. Hey Ian, I'm really curious about how the MAS magazines worked with pouches or carries with that big latch on the side. Also the reliability of the latch, surely those springs had issues over time. Are these things we can expect to see in your book?

  16. Regarding calibre: Allegedly, some 49's and 49/56's were made in 7.62 NATO either for proposed or actual sale to "fence-sitters" in "colonial" regions or for when France was still a part of NATO.

    I had one of those ex-Syrian ones back in the early 1980's, when Australia still had some remains of a sense of humour. No surplus or commercial 7.5 ammo anywhere. However, dies could be found and brass could be easily formed from 6.5 x 55 Swedish cases, which have a very similar head diameter. (Berdan-primed, of course). I never noticed any "slam-fires" and this is possibly due to the RWS 5608 Berdan primers being "mil-spec" and having more robust cups than their "sporting" (plated) ones like the 5627 or general commercial primers.

  17. one can see it in action in the best french war movie "la 317ème setion", depicting the last days of a french squad during the indochina war. Remarkable for its authenticity.

  18. Ian, if you have enough money from your Kickstarter left over once all the book expenses are accounted for, you should do French Rifle shoot with as many of the guns your books covers as is possible

  19. I bought one of those spring loaded firing pins for my 49/56 and it didnt fix the slam firing issue, anyone have any luck with the titanium ones?

  20. Great video, sir! I'm one of the lucky few who happens to own one of the French import Mas 49's. A local shop had one in like new condition on consignment maybe 7 years or so ago. I didn't know much about the Mas 49 at the time, other than I knew I had to have it (I love C&R firearms ALMOST as much as Ian). For $399, I couldn't pass it up (I ended up spending more on the proper scope and mount than the rifle). From what I've read, there were less than 400, but more than 300 of the French Mas 49's imported (though there were many more of the Syrian rifles imported). Cool piece of history and no it's not for sale 🙂

  21. Is there a reason they did not sell rifles (I know they gave a lot away as military support) but they sold just about everything else all round the world? Or was it just these rifles?

  22. I just ordered the two book (both signed) set…sorry about the hand fatigue, Ian.

    Kickstarter is now just over $525,000.
    The only downside with this book being popular is that the days of finding French military rifles sitting on a shelf at a LGS or pawn shop with a tag on it saying "Old military rifle – possibly Japanese $150" are sadly over.

  23. So, with new ammo, if the weight of the pin can cause it to fire when the bolt closes… does that mean the M49 can be called a full-semi auto? LAWL

  24. These videos show just how challenging it is to collect French military arms in the U.S. Between our importation restrictions and the French state arsenals unwillingness to export, it's a wonder anything made it here.

  25. A 3.85× power scope? What an oddly specific setting. Was this just a happenstance of the way they were manufactured, or was there a logic behind this choice?

  26. Very clever design indeed. Like you said the French were ahead of the curve in concept of a universal service rifle which the Americans followed in suit with the M14.

  27. I vaguely recall reading about Israeli captured MAS 49 s that the Israeli's rechambered to 7.62 NATO with kind if spotty results. Some worked reliably but others had issues with wandering zero & some issues feeding or ejecting.

    Any chance we may hear about these?

  28. I've seen them at gun shows years ago, and didn't know anything about them or how they worked, I'm actually very impressed and wish i had bought one when i'm sure the prices were much lower.

  29. (1) The distance between the stock and the scope seems a little too long. This would make for a poor cheek weld and an awkward rifle to fire. Can you confirm this? (2) I've heard that the rifles converted to 7.62mm NATO would have reliability/safety issues. Any info on that? Thanks for producing THE BEST gun channel on You Tube!

  30. From all the videos i have watched about French weapons, tactics, and doctrine, it seems there is a theme that they had very low expectations of their average soldiers.

  31. Such a beautiful and sexy rifle, though I'm torn between the original French version or the Syrian version.

  32. I think the real advancement here was that the french trusted their own troops to zero the sights for the first time in french history

  33. I would love to have one of these. A local gun store to me had one for sale a while ago but I have no idea if it's still there…but after this video I doubt too many of them are going to be left on the racks in a short while.

  34. I think it's pretty cool that after I watched this video this morning, I went to my LGS and they happened to have one of these for under $700. Pretty cool to see how the grenade sights worked in person and interesting how they went with a plastic charging handle knob.

  35. has someone first hand experience using the 308Win. conversion done by the importer to the rifles? I hear some work and other not so much.

  36. 10 shots should be enough for French doctrine. It would be simple for the French to make a 20-shot magazine. It would be closer to the British L1A1.

  37. I bought one of those scopes from S O G – it cost almost as much as the rifle (MAS49/56) that I bought from them – and it was evidently never issued/used…the directions inside the scope container had not been completely cut through by the cutting machine at the print shop…

  38. FYI: The sheet metal strap/ring holding the scope on is known as a "T bolt clamp", frequently used in automotive and hydraulic applications. It has the advantage over normal worm screw clamps in that it applies even pressure along the entire surface area as opposed to pinching specific points like a worm screw clamp.

  39. Interesting that he says as many as 80,000 of these were made. The number I have usually seen in the past in most sources, including in Jean Huon’s “Proud Promise” by Collector Grade is 20,600. It is a great rifle, and I have as of yet not had a problem with double fire using Prvi Partizan 7.5x54mm Mle. 1929 ammunition and I still have the original firing pin.

  40. I've never been a huge French rifle nerd, but I've had a Syrian 49 in my collection for almost 25 years now. This one of the clearest forefathers of the gas impingement rifles that we all have in our closets that's every been mass-produced. So if you're a student of the ancient tech, you just have to tip your hat in respect and appreciate this thing. It'll be one of the last things I sell, even though it's one of a tiny handful of guns I own that I never shoot.

  41. 2:55 The earlier MAS-49 rifles might have had a script letter F prefix to the serial number instead of the block font; wonder about when the exact change took place. I know of one script font example.

  42. This concept makes a lot of sense. Issuing a scope to say every 8th guy, along with a little extra training and practice firing, would give u 1 DM per squad. Another guy can be a designated grenadier, and everyone can carry 1 or 2 rifle grenades to help out. I always thought these and the 49/56 were pretty good rifles, and interesting. I'm sure the Foreign Legion liked them, and did some good work with them. Great video as always. Thank you

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