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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Originally adopted by the French army in 1949, the MAS-49 is a semi-automatic firearm developed to replace the outdated bolt-action rifles that were in service at the time.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.