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 Post subject: MAS 49-56 questions
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:58 am 
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Hello! I'm new to this board. I've posted this on a couple different boards but thought I'd try here too. I recently bought a box full of gun "parts" at an auction. Once I got to looking at the "parts" I found that I had two VZ24 Mauser actions and all the other parts, once put together, made a complete MAS 49-56 in excellent shape. It has been re-chambered to .308. My questions are, how do I tell when it was redone and how can I tell if it was done by CenturyArms? I read an article that said that CAI didn't start re-chambering them until the 90's. Mine has a small square stamp with a 'P73' and the serial # starts with a 'G'. Also, I need a magazine, because that "part" wasn't there. Where can I find one? Thanks in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
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Century was the only company to
Rechamber these. The proof stamp your are referring to is a French rearsenal stamp


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:54 am 
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+1 on Century

The conversion is probably why it's in parts :think:


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
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The G-prefixed MAS-49/56's were made up until mid-1962. The "P73" stamp is the rebuild date. It's a Century conversion. MAS only made a handful of 7.62 NATO rifles. Those receivers are marked as such, not .308. http://whatacountry.com/mas49magazine.aspx for magazines.


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:51 am 
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Now to bum you out :?

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The conversion is probably why it's in parts


If it is a century .308 conversion I would not waste my time. It is a very problematic conversion. Spend $500 and get an original 7.5.
http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/masrifle.htm

http://parallaxscurioandrelicfirearmsfo ... topic/5574

http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/mas36winchester.html

http://www.ak47.net/archive/topic.html? ... 4&t=312064

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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:34 pm 
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I'm seriously thinking of selling it. Any idea of the cost of making it 'right' as far as dependability? When I sell it, I want to be able to inform any potential buyers , if there are any, as to what they can expect to spend.


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:48 pm 
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A good place to sell it would be on here, you will need to reach ten post and then you will be able to post and read the "for sale" selection. As long as your open and honest with problems and the history your aware of I would guess the rifle would sell.


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
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Ok. I don't want to lie to someone just to sell it. I'd rather be honest up front. Would want the same done to me.


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 Post subject: Re: MAS 49-56 questions
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:53 pm 
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I believe Dave Fortier did an article on the Century conversions for Surplus Rifle some years ago. I still have the issue, I'm just too lazy to dig it out right now. It seems the [problem was that Century didn't change out the chamber reamers often enough so the chambers are out of spec. He solve the problem by using an old Garand cleaning too and polishing compound on the chamber and he claimed it worked.

I've seen a number of M59 conversions for sale, but have never been interested in anything but the original 7.5 caliber. I have too many spare mags to want to have to build up a supply of modified mags for a .308.

However, it's still a C&R and I'll probably weaken one of these days for the right rifle at the right price.


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