SOLD FOR: $1225
Model: MLE 1949-56
Serial Number: G36412
Year of Manufacture: 1960-1962
Caliber: 7.5 FRENCH
Action Type: Semi-Automatic
Markings: Left side of receiver marked “G36412” and “MAS MLE 1949-56 CAL 7,5”. Proofmark of “P92” in a square outline is also stamped on the left side of the receiver. Receiver back cap stamped “G36412”. Top of the barrel is marked with intervals “9-19” and the top of the rear sight is marked from “1-12.” The rear right side of the receiver is marked “CAI GEORGIA VT 7.5 FRANCE”. The top of the BCG is marked, “TQ”. The barrel is marked, “061819”.
Barrel Length: 20” with the fixed flash hider
Sights / Optics: The front sight is post sight with protective ears along with a grenade launching sight. Has an adjustable elevation peep rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is wood with a nylon handle on the bolt carrier. The LOP measures 14.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttstock. Side of the receiver has rails for adding accessories. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition. The 3 piece wood stock has minimal impression marks and scratches. Most of the deformities are on the lower handguard. There is almost no discoloration of the wood stock.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is clear. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows loose storage wear all over the receiver on both sides as well as on top of the BCG. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine -Excellent condition for a C&R rifle.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: MAS MLE Grenade Launcher Muzzle Attachment, Take down tools, Oiler, Sling, Leather pouces, Cleaning Tools, Bayonet, Instruction Manuals, 4 magazines, French import identification tags and tickets.
Our Assessment: Oh la la! A mil-surplus that some might call the ugly step-sister of the M1 Garand or M1 Carbine, this rifle offers flexibility with its lightweight build, detachable magazine, and rifle grenade launcher.The MAS MLE 1949 was the standard infantry rifle for the French military from 1956-1979 before it was replaced with the now notorious FAMAS. These rifles are one of the longest running rifles to date as they were initially developed during WWI as the MAS 40. The 1949/56 is the final iteration of the MAS evolution and the time and battle tested development makes these particular rifles some of the most successful rifles in firearms history. The final stage in its evolution was the need to adapt to modern combat. War had changed since WWII to the peak of the Cold War. Enemies were no longer exclusively on the ground, but were held up in buildings, helicopters, and vehicles. The result was a much shorter barrel to its predecessor as well as a NATO standard 22mm internal diameter grenade launcher with a new gas cut off system. These are sturdy, versatile, and easy to maintain in less-than-stellar environments, which are three key things gun owners want in their firearms and three things that the MAS MLE 49/56 offers. Don’t miss this chance to add this exemplary and historically rich rifle to your collection! It comes with all of its original import accessories which makes this all the more desirable. Happy Bidding!