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The French military MAS-49/56 magazine pouches are authentic military surplus items, each of which is in excellent condition. Constructed from tan leather that is unmistakably French, these magazine pouches will hold two 10-round magazines for either the MAS-49 or the MAS-49/56.
The dual belt loops and the D-ring on the reverse make this pouch easily attachable to both belts and slings, making transport simple. With flaps featuring button closure, these pouches are tough and sure to last. Additionally, the underside of each flap is stamped with “CLERMONT-Fd” to signify the manufacturer’s location – Clermont-Ferrand. It’s details such as these that make owning military surplus items extra cool.
Originally adopted by the French army in 1949, the MAS-49 is a semi-automatic firearm developed to replace the outdated bolt-action rifles that were in service at the time. It was designed and manufactured by Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS), a state-owned arms manufacturer. Utilizing a direct impingement gas system, the MAS-49 fires the 7.5x54 mm French cartridge.
In 1957, a variant of the MAS-49 was developed that was mass-produced and saw service through 1990. It was the MAS-49/56. The MAS-49/56 was lighter and featured both a shortened barrel as well as bayonet. Additionally, the built-in grenade launcher was replaced by a combination rifle grenade launcher/compensator.
|Manufacturer||French Army Surplus|
The back and flaps were in fine shape. One of the belt loops appeared rotten and tore off and the same with one of pocket bottoms. Tore like wet cardboard.....
...the smaller pouches arrived sealed in plastic, "new surplus". The leather is dry, but I saw no dry rot. They need oiling, and I also used neats foot oil. It took several applications of oil, and I let them rest in between coats. So far, I've applied oil about 5 times, but might add a few more coats, but they are "beautiful" They smell like a saddle, and the leather is becoming very limber. I wanted the pouches to hold my 380 shells on my belt, and they're perfect. A= to the French.
In fine shape. A bit of saddle soap & neats foot oil, good to go!
I bought a pair of these, complete with a tad of mil-surp smell. The two I received were quite stiff out of the packaging. I folded the flaps down and left them closed for 3 weeks and they will stay about half-way open un-fastened now. I bit more working of the leather ought to fix that. Great for what they are.
Like new ammo pouches..cleaned them up buff then out.
now they look near new..Great price...
These are heavily stitched to last. my youngest uses a pair to hold slingshot ammo. I added a pair to my tool belt to hold odd tools and parts. They're great for costumes too.
This was my first order and won't be my last. I am happy to find a place where the items are as described.