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MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
Sporterized MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French

The MAS-36 is a French military bolt-action rifle. It was first manufactured by Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS) in 1937. Originally intended to replace the aging Lebel 1886 and Berthier Rifles in military service, only around 250,000 rifles were produced by the time of the Battle of France in 1940. Following the Second World War, production of the MAS-36 ramped up and the rifle was widely used by the French military during the conflicts of the early Cold War, such as the First Indochina War, the Suez Crisis, and the Algerian War. In all, 1.1 million rifles were manufactured between 1937 and 1952. It would be replaced by the semi-automatic MAS-49.

The MAS-36 took design inspiration from various rifles encountered by the French in the First World War, such as the Lee-Enfield, M1917 Enfield, and Gewehr 1898. Its design is very simple compared to earlier French military rifles, with just five parts removable by the user. The MAS-36 would gain a reputation for being very simple, but extremely reliable. The MAS-36 was distributed to multiple African nations and Syria during the Cold War and continues to be used in regional conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.


Type: Rifle

Caliber: 7.5x54mm French

Capacity: 5 round internal magazine

Fire Modes: Bolt Action

The MAS-36 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Somewhere in France French soldiers 1942
The Most Wanted Man (L'Ennemi public No 1) Prison guards 1953
The Young Lions French soldiers 1958
Dunkirk French soldiers 1958
The World in My Pocket Gendarmes 1961
Bells Without Joy (Carillons sans joie) Vichy French soldiers 1962
The Unvanquished (L'Insoumis) French soldiers and legionnaires 1964
Weekend at Dunkirk French and British soldiers 1964
Topkapi A Turkish soldier 1964
The 317th Platoon Manuel Zorzo Corporal Perrin 1965
The Battle of Algiers French soldiers 1966
Let's Not Get Angry (Ne nous fâchons pas) Jean Panisse Illegal gun dealer 1966
Is Paris Burning? French Resistance fighters 1966
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) Gérard Blain Thomas 1967
Med Hondo Florent
Claude Brosset Ouf
Resistance fighterts
Patton Moroccan soldiers 1970
The Gendarme Takes Off French marines 1970
The Five Crazy Boys (Les Bidasses en folie) Gérard Rinaldi Gérard 1971
Jean Sarrus Jean
Gérard Filipelli Phil
Jean-Guy Fechner Jean-Guy
Luis Rego Luis
French soldiers
The French Conspiracy (L'Attentat) French police Some fitted with smoke grenade launchers 1972
The Day of the Jackal French soldiers 1973
R.A.S. Jacques Spiesser Rémy March 1973
Jacques Weber Alain Charpentier
Jacques Villeret Pvt. Girot
French soldiers and policemen
The Conspiracy (Le complot) French soldiers In footage 1973
Now Where Did the 7th Company Get To? (Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie?) Jean Lefebvre Pvt. Pitivier 1973
French soldiers
The Nada Gang Police Some fitted with smoke grenade launchers 1974
Sadsacks Go to War (Les Bidasses s'en vont en guerre) Gérard Rinaldi Gérard 1974
Jean Sarrus Jean
Gérard Filipelli Phil
Jean-Guy Fechner Jean-Guy
French soldiers
The French Detective (Adieu, poulet) Police snipers MAS-36 with optic sights 1975
The Seventh Company Has Been Found (On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie!) French soldiers 1975
Drummer-Crab (Le Crabe-Tambour) Jacques Perrin Willsdorff 1977
French honor guards
The Escape (La carapate) French gendarmes 1978
Wait for John Grafton (Gaidiet "Dzonu Graftonu") Revolutionaries 1979
Le Guignolo French police Some with smoke grenade launchers 1980
A Captain's Honor (L'Honneur d'un capitaine) French soldiers 1982
The Shock (Le Choc) Silvio's henchmen Sporterized 1983
Sahara Nomadic tribes fighter 1983
Rookies Run Amok 2 (Le retour des bidasses en folie) Gérard Rinaldi Alfred 1983
Jean Sarrus Emile
Gérard Filipelli Marcel
Luis Rego Sgt. Lucien
French soldiers
Dog Day (Canicule) French gendarmes 1984
Les Morfalous French legionaires and soldiers 1984
Cop's Honor (Parole de Flic) French police 1985
Subway French CRS unit 1985
Volunteers Chung Mee's guard 1985
The Fugitives French gendarmes 1986
Operation Corned Beef French gendarmes 1991
Diên Biên Phú French Army 1992
Charlotte Gray Vichy French police 2001
We Were Soldiers French soldiers 2002
Deserter Tom Hardy Pascal Dupont 2002
Paul Fox Simon Murray
French Foreign Legionnaires
The Quiet American French and Vietnamese soldiers 2002
Dry Season in Nassara' armory 2006
Days of Glory (Indigènes) Sami Bouajila Corporal Abdelkadar With anachronistic, post-WWII hooded front sight 2006
Bernard Blancan Sergent Roger Martinez
Free French soldiers
The Golden Compass Guards, Magisterium troops 2007
Intimate Enemies French soldiers 2007
The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) Nicolas Duvauchelle Antoine Ripa Sporterized, suppressed 2007
Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1 French soldiers 2008
Female agents Sophie Marceau Louise Desfontaines Sporterized, suppressed 2008
Djinns (Stranded) Fellaghas 2010
Outside the Law French soldiers and Gendarmerie 2010
A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) French police 2011
Rebellion Sepratists 2011
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed French partisan 2012
Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart French gendarmes 2014
White Soldier French soldiers 2014
Far from Men Algerian rebels 2014
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Korean hunter 2015
Dunkirk French soldiers 2017
Darkest Hour French soldiers 2017
To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) French soldiers 2018


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Long Road in the Dunes (Ilgais cels kapas) A German soldier Ep.4 1982
Dunkirk French soldiers 2004
Deadliest Warrior French Foreign Legion 2010
Clara Immerwahr French soldiers 2014
Spy City French soldiers Ep. 04, 06 2020


Film Title Character Notation Date
Steamboy 2005
Izetta: The Last Witch Elystadt forces 2016

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Medal of Honor: Underground Possibly used by Vichy French Milice enemies 2000
World War II Online: Battleground Europe French Rifleman and Sapper class 2001-2012
Forgotten Hope 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 "MAS MLE 36" 2003
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One "MAS 36 Rifle" 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 "FR MAS Mle 36" Can be fitted with bayonet and Viven-Bessières grenade launcher Added in v2.6 (2022) 2007
7554 "MAS 36" 2011
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly MAS 36 bayonet 2014
Call of Duty: WWII "M36" July 2019 update 2017
Squad 44: Letters From The Front Can mount bayonet Introduced with "Plan Jaune" update 2018
Enlisted 2021

MAS-36 C39

MAS-36 CR39 - 7.5x54mm French

The MAS-36 CR39 features an aluminum folding stock designed for paratroopers.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Diên Biên Phú French Army 1992


MAS-36/51 - 7.5x54mm French

In 1951, the MAS 36/51 variant was introduced, which features a strengthened barrel and a 22mm NATO-spec rifle grenade launcher.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Bells Without Joy (Carillons sans joie) Vichy French soldiers Anachronistic 1962
The Unvanquished (L'Insoumis) French soldiers and legionnaires 1964
The Conspiracy (Le complot) French soldiers In footage 1973
The Escape (La carapate) French gendarmes 1978
The Professional French gendarmes Some with smoke grenade launchers 1981
Dog Day (Canicule) French gendarmes 1984
The Fugitives French gendarmes 1986
Diên Biên Phú French Army 1992
Intimate Enemies French soldiers Some with optic sights 2007
Far from Men Algerian Rebels 2014
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale A Korean hunter 2015

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