SOLD FOR: $805
Make: Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS), France
Model: MAS MLE 1936-51
Serial Number: F41582
Year of Manufacture: 1937 – 1952
Caliber: 7.5x54mm (7.5 French)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “MAS MLE 1936-51 F41582” and “CAI ST. ALB VT. 7.5 France.” The rear of the bolt body is marked “D M”. The bolt charging handle is marked “F41582”. The top of the receiver is marked E B G”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “F 31022” on the enclosed floor plate. The buttstock is marked “10799”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is a sliding aperture marked from “2-12”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The three piece wood stock has a traditional semi-pistol grip, finger grooves, barrel band with sling ring, a sling well with sling bar and a metal butt plate. The buttplate has some dings and scratches. The wood has light scrapes, scratches & compression marks. The wood shows several areas of discoloration on the buttstock. The LOP measures 12.5 from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Factory Refurbished
Bore Condition: The barrel is counterbored about a 1/2 inch back from the muzzle. The grooves are dark and the rifling is deep. The bore is bright and there is no visible erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows light wear where the receiver meet the front stock. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear and deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition for a MAS MLE 1936-51 rifle.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. This rifle was made without a safety. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a grenade launcher mounted onto the barrel, in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The French MAS MLE 1936 is the first in line of the MAS family of firearms. It began development early in the proceedings of WWI as France began preparing and bulking up their military power before another War could begin. Ironically, the French were correct in their speculation as WWII would soon begin and a German invasion on French land would ensue. The MLE 1936 was the first step in a 3 series plan to ready the military with more efficient infantry rifles that were converted to the new 7.5x54mm rounds. The effort was admirable but their development of semi automatic rifles was slowed down and when WWII began, France found itself completely outmatched. Germany literally came into the game gun blazing with fully automatic weaponry and their newly formed and evolving Blitzkrieg warfare. The limited availability, heavy and long 5 round capacity bolt action rifles were of almost no help against such a force that France quickly surrendered. It wouldn’t be until the United States liberated France from German control that the French would resume production of their semi Automatic Rifles, the MAS MLE 40. The reputation of the MAS 36 became the “rifle that was never fired and only dropped once” as pictures emerged of the French surrender and MAS 36 rifles piled up in front of German soldiers. The French MAS 1936-51 is a MAS 36 equipped with a 22 mm NATO standard rifle grenade launcher. This is a C & R rifle worth adding to any collection. If you are a big time historical military collector or a gun enthusiast wanting to have fun with a classic bolt action rifle then this is a perfect opportunity to grab one. The MAS 36 is one of the longest serving rifles in firearms history as it has been used throughout WW2 and well into the 1st Indochina War. Good luck and happy bidding!