Weight: 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Length: 40.2 in (102 cm)
Barrel Length: 22.6 in (57.5 cm)
Cartridge: 7.5x54 mm
Muzzle Velocity: 2800 ft/s (853.6 m)
Effective Range: 350-400 yds
Feed System: 5-round internal box magazine, clip fed
The MAS-36 was adopted by France in 1936 to replace the earlier Berthier and Lebel series of rifles. However, budget constraints initially limited production and the MAS-36 was usually reserved for front-line infantry units. Captured MAS-36 rifles would be used by the Germans, under the designation of Gewehr 242(f), and later would be used by the Viet Minh and Khmer Rouge.