Rifle sn# F883X arrived today. Looks almost new or unfired still has a lots of cosmoline on it. Perfect bore and a nice parkerized finish with a sling that look new. Bolt sn# matches rifle sn#. No import mark.
I too have recently become interested in these neat rifles. Missed one on Gun Broker by $5, I bid $280 and the winning bid was $285. Fast forward a week and I found the one with a dark stock and Mauser marked receiver at a LGS. About a week later the same shop got in another MAS 45 this one with the MAS 45 marked receiver and I now own that one also.
in the late 90's i was paying $230-250 and if those had been in front of me money would have been no object grate shooter i used standard velocity, target Russian, federal with great success<><Dan
pot some group shot later!
These are truly interesting rifles so I just added my 3'rd example and this last one is flat mint. I enjoy all the anomalies with these. Some built totally in Germany at Oberndorf, some built in France with German parts then finally all the rest built in France. All three of mine are different in some way but they all shoot wonderfully. The real upside is that these MAS 45s are relatively inexpensive but I'm sure that will change as more collectors and shooters discover these rifles.