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Old 02-25-2014, 03:21 AM   #1
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I'm looking to add another milsurp to my collection. This time I have my sights set on a MAS 36-51. Price is low compared to listings on Gunbroker, he is asking $200, the lowest I've seen these on Gunbroker is $319+. The only "downside" is the bolt doesn't match, but this doesn't really affect it for me. I have a few questions. First, were these made off of existing MAS 36s or were they newly built for the grenade launching role? It's an F series rifle with a 5 digit SN, but I can't find anywhere that had the year of production list. I understand 7.5 is hard to find. It is import marked and it's all there, I've been told the bore is good, and the outside has seen some use. Should I go for it? I've been wanting a French rifle, and a MAS 36, so this'll be 2 birds with 1 stone. What do y'all think? Thanks for all feedback! imageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1393302072.093542.jpgimageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1393302079.689556.jpg


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The MAS 36/51 is just a MAS 36 equipped with the grenade launcher for the the standard 22 mm NATO rifle grenade !............Thats not a bad looking old rifle, 200 bucks go for it !.................

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I have a MAS 36 in like new condition but I can't remember what I paid for it. I like it but it is one butt ugly rifle. I remember the old joke that a huge supply of French surplus rifles had been imported into the country and were for sale and that they were unfired and only dropped once. I can only give you the prices that are listed in 5th Edition of the Standard Catalog of Military Firearms. I would probably go for it.

Model 36 Exc. $600, V.G. $450, Good $300, Fair $150, Poor $100

Model 36/51 Exc. $300, V.G. $175, Good $150, Fair $125, Poor $100\

I brought 3 boxes of ammo from Buffalo Arms Company. They still list it on their website made by Prvi Partizan for $16.74/box. It shows being Temporarily Unavailable - Back-Orders OK.

http://www.buffaloarms.com/Search.aspx?TERM=7.5

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F series was made in 1945, just before the end of the war. I still have a box or 2 of 7.5x54 on chargers, 1960's vintage. Found them after I sold my F series Mas36.

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Sold the one in this pic, an F series for $320.00 w/ 400 rounds of french made ammo about a year and a half ago. I bought it for $165.00 with about 500 rounds ( seller told me he had some ammo, who knew) I bought 50 pieces of brass, easy to reload as it uses .308 bullets. Sold the dies and brass with it.

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Sold the one in this pic, an F series for $320.00 w/ 400 rounds of french made ammo about a year and a half ago.
Somebody got a pretty dang good deal. I'd happily pay that for one!
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Somebody got a pretty dang good deal. I'd happily pay that for one!
They are handy little carbines. If the French actually had these in numbers when the Germans invaded, it could have been a different story.
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They are handy little carbines. If the French actually had these in numbers when the Germans invaded, it could have been a different story.
How was the accuracy? I've been wanting one for awhile now.
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You could hit what you can see through the sights, which are pretty good. A little less power then a .308. The bolt is odd as your head is right up to the receiver. Big rear lock bolt. You can easily hit a man sized target at 200 yards.

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F series was made in 1945, just before the end of the war. I still have a box or 2 of 7.5x54 on chargers, 1960's vintage. Found them after I sold my F series Mas36.

So this rifle was made in '45 and rearsenaled in the 50s into a 36-51?


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