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New rifle came home today

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Smashy, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Smashy

    Smashy

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    7.5x54 French MAS 36...


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    Excellent bore, and has a leather sling (attached to the left side, can't see it in these pics). I got some stripper clips on ebay. No ammo yet, range report will have to wait. I'm ordering some Prvi Partisan this week.
     
  2. Carry_A_Glock

    Carry_A_Glock G19-23-23C-26

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    That is one helluva gorgeous weapon. Congrats!
     

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    great rifle, and great condition ! looking forward to the range report!
     
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    Never seen one of those. Good looking rifle, strange bolt handle direction.

    Also this is a surplus rifle correct?
     
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    skanless IPA ISLAND

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    Nice rifle Smashy. :wavey:
     
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    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    their rifles are always in the best condition, only dropped once ;)
     
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    Looks nice.

    Congrats!
     
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    :rofl::rofl:


    ok all joking aside thats one strange looking rifle. Whats the history on that 7.5x54 French MAS 36? It looks like its brand new and if used do you know what campaign was it used in?
     
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    Congrats , it looks in great shape.
     
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    Congrats :)
    Its in great shape, did you find that one unused?
     
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    tadbart duuuuude.

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    so that sticker-thingy that goes up in the front is where the white flag is hung? but seriously, that's a pretty rifle- good find!
     
  14. Smashy

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    Thanks, guys. I'll get some more details and pics posted later today.
     
  15. Smashy

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    Okay, I got some more detailed photos.

    The rifle was adopted in 1936 to replace the Lebel and Berthier rifles. It was used in WWII, southeast Asia, Algeria, and Suez. There were also two sniper versions, the FRF1 and FRF2. It's a 7.5x54, rimless bottleneck.

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    According to what I've found online, ballistics are about the same as a .308. The twist is 1 in 10.63" and it uses .308" bullets. Prvi Partizan makes two loads for it, a 139 gr. FMJ and a 190 gr. FMJ (brass case, Boxer primed). The lighter load was the issue load for this rifle. P.C.I. also makes a 150 gr. SP.

    Some more info...

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_9_53/ai_n27320039/


    Mine fits the description of an arsenal refinish. It looks pretty new and the muzzle is counterbored.

    It has a little cosmoline, but not much. Stripper clips aren't easy to find, but I found one person on ebay selling eight of them, so I grabbed them. I like the peep sights, although the lowest setting is 200 meters. More pics...


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    Here are two views through the peep under different lighting conditions (cosmoline not cleaned off yet)...

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  16. Smashy

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    The bayonet is stored in a tube under the barrel, locked in place with a spring loaded button. To use it, you pull it out, turn it around, and lock it back in place...

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    The muzzle...

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    Two thumb cut-outs in the sides of the ejection/loading port to facilitate use of stripper clips...

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    Looks like it was only dropped once! :rofl:
     
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    The last general issued bolt action rifle designed for a military. Nice looking example.
     
  20. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

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    I like it!! Good find!