Pre-War French MAS 36 7.5mm
This is a rather interesting Pre-WW2 French MAS 36 in 7.5mm. Built in April of 1940 it was completed just prior to the German Invasion of France. The rifle most surely was then issued to French Troops, and captured by the Germans who often re-issued these to second line troops. The rifle was then surrendered/captured by a US GI and brought home as a souvenir. Fresh out of a closet or attick the rifle has never been rebuilt, or messed with in any way. It is just as it came home at the end of WW2!
The rifle retains all the pre-War features such as the milled barrel bands and rear sight, and has about 60% of the original French Black Enamel finish. The bore is bright, tight and shiny with just a little wear. The rifle does show some oddities in that several parts are not numbers matching, but are all pre-war and close in number or age. The bolt and magazine floor plate do not match, but this is not odd when you consider that surrendered weapons were often made un-serviceable by removing the magazine and bolt. So this is perhaps an explanation as to why these parts do not match. Finding a pre-war un-messed with MAS 36 is getting harder and harder to find, and when you consider the obvious re-issue of this by the Germans you have a great piece of history!