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What are the French 49's that AIM brought in about 10 years ago going for these days? If I remember correctly there was less than 300.
 

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Actually I believe the number imported was 260 and were imported by AIM in the '90s. So it's a very rare rifle especially since there were 74,000 French MAS 49s made. I was thrilled to find mine in a shop in Washington State through another collector who spotted it. Thank goodness for a C&R.

In comparison the Syrian contract model saw 6000 made about about 1/2 imported. The MAS 44 saw 6000 made about about 1/2 imported.

This is one rifle like the Rashid which simply hasn't been discovered yet by the general collector population, I think. Since the Rashid has been discovered in Iraq, it's seen more attention lately and the attending price increases over the last few years. The French MAS 49 will also be a sleeper in your collection to be awakened in a few years as collectible rifles become rarer and rarer.

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It would appear so! However, I don't understand why the seller had a "Buy It Now" price but such a low reserve. Somethings afoot! Otherwise that buyer got a real steal for sure.

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It would appear so! However, I don't understand why the seller had a "Buy It Now" price but such a low reserve. Somethings afoot! Otherwise that buyer got a real steal for sure.

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Due to the rarity of the rifle in the states I'm thinking more like $800. What do you think Cabinetman?
 

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I'd agree simply because of the rarity of this rifle.

We concretely know the importation of this rifle was limited to literally a handful. We know who imported it and when, too. We also know no more will be brought here. The internet has been responsible for making that information available whereas 15 years ago, most collectors didn't even know this rifle existed.

There are few rifles that I'd buy second copies of but the Rashid and the French MAS 49 are two that make perfect sense from strictly an investment aspect.

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Hello

Since all MAS 49 in the french armories are being destroyed, not many if 0 will reach your shores. Very sad

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MAS 1949 Rifles

If you are interested, I have several here for sale, F 74XXX and F 10XXX to mention two of them....These came from AIM..PM or E Mail for details...Also I have one Mle 1944 here....all are in mint/rebuilt or as issued in the case of the Mle 44.

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"Actually I believe the number imported was 260 and were imported by AIM in the '90s."

My 49s and 44s were all imported by Century Arms. AIM may have been the dist. of some French rifles, but I do not ever recall them being stamped on any weapons as the "importer".
 

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Indeed, AIM does not have an Importer FFL, nor to my knowledge have they ever had one.

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Where are these rifles going for

at these prices? I've seen at least 4 or 5 the last 2 months, ranging from $300.00 but never more than $450.00, and that one was with a shoe box full of stuff, spare mags in leather pouches, cleaning kit, night sight in leather pouch.... on and on. I saw 2 in Tennessee a month ago for $325.00 and $350.00. These appeared to be "standard" 7.5 Fr. rifles, the 49/56 variety. Is it only the 49 model the one that is more rare and not the 49/56?
I have a 49/56 .308 conversion with bayo I could be talked out of......I need 1946-48 Long Branch(es).
 

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I misspoke, fellas. You're correct of couse that CIA was the importer. My 44 has the mark on the barrel. The French 49 has it on the left side of the receiver (tiny).

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Who be the importer??

According to Steve at AIM, they bought the 260 Mle 49 Rifles from Century Arms, Century did not want to advertise such a small quantity....So Steve bought the whole batch. He told me this about 8 years ago, when I was trying to get the list of serial numbers that he sold.

In any case the Mle 49-56 was imported in some quantity, but the French issue Mle 49 was not. So this is a "rare" gun just by quantity in the US, however the average dealer or collector does not care about French guns, so we have a chance to load up on them!!

I have bought only one that was not from this batch, a non-Syrian 49, that came from Syria to Canada. It had the UAR Decal on the stock. It is the only non-rebuilt Mle 49 French that I have ever seen. With so many rebuilt like new guns around, it is nice to find an original one to compare with the new ones....

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at these prices? I've seen at least 4 or 5 the last 2 months, ranging from $300.00 but never more than $450.00, and that one was with a shoe box full of stuff, spare mags in leather pouches, cleaning kit, night sight in leather pouch.... on and on. I saw 2 in Tennessee a month ago for $325.00 and $350.00. These appeared to be "standard" 7.5 Fr. rifles, the 49/56 variety. Is it only the 49 model the one that is more rare and not the 49/56?
I have a 49/56 .308 conversion with bayo I could be talked out of......I need 1946-48 Long Branch(es).

These numbers jive with my experiences too. When Dan Mayfield died, last year, his collection was sold rather quickly at the behest of his widow. I was lucky enough to obtain a MAS 44, MAS 49F and MAS 49S from his collection for about the prices mentioned above.
 
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