Just picked up my MAS 49 the other day, going to try her out this weekend, paid $411 for her so it was a good buy to me since I have seen them selling for $600 on up, she has a clean bore and the wood is excellent
I am new to buying French rifles, but had always wanted a MAS 44 or 49, bought a 36 on Gunbroker the other day, and now that you mention the black enamel finish, I have mostly seen the parkerized ones and hardly any painted ones, is that what they did to only the MAS 44s and maybe some of the early 49s?
Never seen enamel on a '49 either. But then again, I haven't seen many non-Syrian '49's to compare it to. It does look refereb'd at some time. Perhaps it was an eariler referb done when they did the '44's, rather than a post-import "restoration".
However it got painted, it is still a nice piece, and a nice price for a non-Syrian '49. CONGRATS???
Selector67, is it import marked?? if so, is there paint in the stamps??
The Mas 49 has a dovetail milled on the left side of the receiver to host the APX L 806 scope, such arrangement requires tight tolerances and can't be painted, a paint job on a Mas 49 was not part of the finishing or refurbishing process.
The black enamel paint finish was made obsolete before the fabrication of the Mas 49 started, the early Mas 36 and Mas 44 lost their paint job for a deep parkerization when they were refurbished.
They are usually import marked at the muzzle, but I have seen a several that are marked on the reciever on the left side on the scope mount dovetail, or between the scope mount dovetail and the wood line