MAS 49/56 Run and Gun (the one where everything goes wrong)

Alex C.
by Alex C.

The French MAS 49/56 is perhaps one of the most underrated rifles of all time. It is brutally simple, accurate, reliable, and a joy to shoot. It functions via direct impingement in its true form, unlike an AR, and field strips into just a few parts. So after two range trips and burning through a ton of 7.5 French ammunition, we still weren’t able to show this thing in its full glory!

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The full transcript is below …

– [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C with TFBTV and welcome to the run and gun where pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong.

This actually wasted pretty much all the 7.5 French I have in my inventory.

Anyways, the gun we’re doin today is a MAS 49 56 which is one of my favorite semi-automatic center fire rifles actually.

They’re fantastically simple, they’re brilliant.

They’re not the most attractive firearms but they are wicked cool.

You know, they’ve got a very cool grenade launcher setup, the gas cutoff right there and then you’re grenade launcher sight.

The French are really big on rifle grenades.

They have been since pretty much the advent of that technology.

The rifle grenade sights are pretty cool, a nice touch for collectors and whatnot and here’s your range setting thingy.

Not exactly 100 percent sure how this works but I don’t have any rifle grenades so I’m okay with that for the time being.

These are stripper clip fed and detatchable magazine fed kind of like an, oh golly gee, I don’t know, a VZ 58 I suppose.

But we’ll get to that a little bit later.

They’ve also go an optional butt pad that cushions the rifle for shooting rifle grenades and that functions as a nice recoil pad that your shoulder wiil thank you for putting on the rifle.

They do have detachable magazine like I said, in addition to those stripper clips.

The magazines hold 10 rounds and they’re a little funky.

They’ve got a little hinge on the side that serves to retain the magazine so the magazine retention device is on the mag itself rather then in the gun.

So, let’s take a look at take one and see exactly what went wrong.

(gun fires multiple times) Alright so here’s where I started having problems.

I decided that instead of using detachable magazines, I would just go with stripper clips.

I’m actually pretty good with stripper clips, as you guys have seen with my other run and gun videos.

But this gun was just not cooperating with the stripper clips that I brought.

I brought probably 10 MAS 36 stripper clips which are supposed to be used for presumably this gun as well.

No matter what I did I just could not get those damn rounds to strip properly and then when I tried to chamber a round it just jammed the gun straight up and I had to stop the camera and we went to a second take.

Now take two starts out just like that one and I thought I’d modify my technique a little bit.

(gun fires multiple times) Alright, so here’s where we start having problems again with the same stripper clips.

I did not bring detachable magazines.

Well aside from the one in the gun that day or I would have used those.

This was extremely frustrating because like what I said I’m pretty damn good with stripper clips.

I always have been able to work them alright and then enter the MAS 49 56 and you can see I’m struggling really hard but I’m not gonna quit because dammit I wanted to finish the course and get it on camera especially since I started out this run pretty well.

And eventually I just said screw it I’m rollin with it, went back to it and pulled the tripper and it went click.

So take three what went wrong is the camera was blurry but I did get a full run in.

Alright guys, now we’ve got the detachable magazines for the MAS 49 so we’re gonna give it another go.

And here we go.

(gun fires multiple times) – [Voiceover] Alright so this is normally where I walk you guys through how many exactly I hit on the targets but the camera is so blurry basically that that whole segment I had just had to scrap so on this run what went wrong was a slam fire and freaking camera problems that have happened to us so many times with the damn DSLR camera.

But I did get a full run in, I’m not about to place an order for my 7.5 French from Ventura.

They’ve given me more then enough for this but I did get 11 hits on the steel silhouette and on the paper I got 13 hits so all in all 24 out of 30, generally not as good as when I use a bolt action just because when I use a bolt action, I don’t know, seems like I take more care to set up my shots and whatnot, every shot’s a new shot so.

Guys I’m sorry that we kind of bungled this one.

We wasted a lot of ammo, we wasted a lot of time.

We wasted two days trying to get this on camera and I think a third day would be excessive so we just kind of made a decision to call it done and we’re sorry.

Hopefully the next run and gun goes a little smoother but anyways thanks for watching this guys, we appreciate it.

Not as good as we would like to deliver but hey, it’s something so nonetheless we hope you enjoyed our channel.

Big thanks to Ventura for providing the ammo.

Big thanks to Grizzly for providing the steel.

Big thanks to you guys for watching this video.

This is Alex C with TFBTV, hope to see you next time.

Alex C.
Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.

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  • Brian M Brian M on Dec 04, 2015

    Oooooohhhh, so that's why this gun literally won NOTHING. Now you get to see the difference between theoretical good and real good.

  • Jimpeel Jimpeel on Dec 05, 2015

    One should never attempt to shoulder fire a grenade unless one wants a broken shoulder. The butt of the rifle is placed against the ground to fire the grenade.