Sniper rifle MAS 49 / MAS 49-56

    sniper rifle 49 mas / mas 49-56
    MAS 49

    In 1949, the state arsenal in St. Etienne - Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de St-Etienne (MAS) has developed a universal rifle under the designation Fusil Automatique MAS 49, which was adopted by the French army as the main rifle.


    special sniper weapons in the sun at the moment France was not then as a regular sniper rifle used MAS 49.

    For this purpose, MAS 49 rifles were assembled mount 3.85-fold optical sight ARCH L806, later known as the model 1953.

    Effective range sniper variant MAS 49 was 600 meters.

    sniper rifle 49 mas / mas 49-56
    MAS 49
    Sniper version

    Automation MAS 49 rifle worked on the principle of removal of powder gases. The barrel is locked warp speed. Vapor system had no moving parts.

    MAS 49 MAS 49-56
    Caliber, mm 7.5x54
    Weight unloaded and optics, kg 4.70 4.10
    Length mm 1100 1020
    Barrel length, mm 580 525
    Muzzle velocity, m / with 810
    Sighting range, m 600
    Capacity count. cartridges 10

    hammer type firing mechanism. The trigger mechanism allows keeping only a single lamp. The fuse is located on the right side of the rifle, the trigger guard. After the last cartridge ejection valve remained in an open position.

    Loading the store was made from standard 5-charging plate clips.

    Mechanical sights consisted of sectoral dioptrical sight.

    In the mid-1950s to design semi-automatic rifles MAS 49 have been some changes aimed at simplifying and cheapening the production of these weapons, using cold forming for making minor details.

    sniper rifle 49 mas / mas 49-56
    MAS 49-56

    upgraded rifle, received an index MAS 49-56, was launched into mass production at the state arsenal Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de St. Etienne (MAS) in the city of Saint-Etienne in 1958

    MAS 49-56 favorably increased rate from 25 to 40 aimed shots per minute.

    As MAS 49 new universal MAS 49-56 rifle used by individual arrows as standard sniper rifle.

    For use as a sniper rifle MAS 49-56 weapons complete with an optical sight APX L Modele 1953 3.85H multiplicity, with an effective range aimed fire was about 600 meters.

    MAS 49-56 sniper rifle used mainly for shooting distant targets appearing in sight sniper on the short term.

    sniper rifle 49 mas / mas 49 -56
    MAS 49-56
    Sniper version

    System MAS 49-56 rifle similar to its predecessor, MAS 49 except for some differences.

    Rifle MAS 49-56 had the following main differences from the original model:
    Shortened barrel and fore-end;
    Weapon weight reduced by more than 0.5 kilograms;
    On the barrel is made combined muzzle brake.


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