Friday, 17 May 2013

The main individuals weapons of the French paras. Part 2

The Mat-49 smg

Developed by the French arms factory Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle (MAT) and first produced in 1949, the MAT-49 submachine gun saw widespread combat use during the First Indochina War and the Algerian War, notably with the paratroopers.

The MAT-49 had a retractable wire stock, which when extended gave the weapon a length of 720mm, and the magazine well and magazine could be folded forward parallel to the barrel for parachute jump.

It fires a 9mm cartridge, using a single-column 20-round or 32-round magazine.

1 comment:

  1. Dans ma section, il y avait un caporal-chef algérien capable de tirer balle par balle avec cette arme (un exploit), mais bon c'était une arme d'assaut pas un fusil.