POTD: Little Green Welcoming Party

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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!

Carolina anoles are common in Louisiana, but they don't often reach this size, nor are they usually this bold. The lizard was quite comfortable checking out my new rifle even with me standing only a few feet away snapping photos. These anoles are often called "chameleons" despite not being closely related to true chameleons, because they also have the ability to change color. This guy is bright green in these photos, but just a few minutes earlier he was a very dull mottled brown. Either is perfect camouflage for my backyard.
It's easy to see how this guy got so big - he's clearly not afraid of anything. After biting the MAS 49/56 to see if it was edible and/or a threat, he decided he was cool with it and went back to what he does best...
...Attracting a mate.

Louisiana’s a pretty fitting environment for the MAS 49/56, since it is a subtropical former French colony, after all.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Devil_Doc Devil_Doc on Jul 23, 2015

    These really are cool guns. McCann Industries made a lower conversion kit for these that allowed an M16-A2 buttstock and grip to be used, and also free floated the barrels, etc. There were some in 260 remington (or was it 280..), and some that were 7.62x51 that took fal mags. I'd love to find one, but they're damned scarce. This is a link to their MAS scope mount, but you can get an idea of what their converted MAS looked like. http://mccannindustries.com...

  • Hikerguy Hikerguy on Jul 24, 2015

    You have bought yourself a handsome rifle there. How does the 7.5 compare to the 7.62? I would imagine they are close.

    • Nathaniel F. Nathaniel F. on Jul 24, 2015

      @hikerguy The 7.5x54 is a bit bigger (wider and longer) and a little less powerful. Shooting either, I don't think you could tell the difference.