After Alex C’s excellent review of the MAS 49/56 rifle, I decided I just had to have one of my own. The MAS 49/56 is the perfected French vision of a semi-automatic infantry battle rifle, an important piece of late 20th Century history, and a very handy, relatively lightweight, and inexpensive civilian full-caliber semiauto. I found one online for sale by Cliff’s Guns, Safes, & Reloading in Boise, ID, and I picked it up from the local FFL. Then I took the rifle out for some photos, but I didn’t expect I would have a surprise visitor!
Louisiana’s a pretty fitting environment for the MAS 49/56, since it is a subtropical former French colony, after all.