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The MAS rifle was the standard issue rifle for the French Army from 1936 until 1978 when it was replaced by the FAMAS. During this long service life the MAS saw evolutionary changes from the MAS36 to the MAS49 and finally the MAS 49/56. One of the constants throughout the history of the MAS rifle was the use of this tan leather sling which was standard issue with every MAS rifle.
Those who collect French military surplus will immediately recognize this color and texture of leather as being distinctly French. The French Army produced many accessories for their military using this grade of leather and tanned it using the same process. What resulted was a soft natural leather that has a tan color and is durable under combat conditions for years to come. These slings are one of the most recognized French military gun accessories, and those who know what they are appreciate how well made and functional they are.