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Adjudant Benjamin beat a new world record for long distance shooting last August in Canjuers (France) : 3695 meters (a little less than 4041 yards) with a custom bolt action rifle in .408 Cheytac. Nice-Matin, via JT.

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Colonial paratroopers – the only wealth for brawlers is glory

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MAS 36 C.R.39 (I presume C.R. is for Crosse repliable, “Folding Stock”), a shortened MAS 36 that didn’t make it in time to participate to WW2 but saw some use in the hands of French Batallion of UNO in Korea and in colonial wars of Indochina and Algeria. Because of the lack of alternative, it was reissued as a survival carbine for French jet fighters pilots during the First Gulf War in 1990.

This rifle got some very clever design imputs, but one of the drawback of using a full-size battle rifle ammunition in a short barrel and a rather light firearms was the recoil’s sharpness (especially for short-frame indigenous troops in Indochina). 

It was often discarded for US M1 Carbine especially in cold climate (the contact of the aluminium stock on the skin being less than nice), and it was replaced as a paratroopers compact gun by MAT 49 SMG.

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Japanese Nambu Type 14 pistol captured on Viet-Minh in 1946 in Indochina. It inspired one of the most successful .22 LR pistol ever made, the Ruger Standard (which is still produced today as the Ruger MkIII).

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MAS 36 from its good side.

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Coupe-coupe.

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Generel Callies’ Ruby and MAS 1892 revolver in 8mm.

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Si l’Anglais est déjà dans la place, je ne m’étonne plus de rien !

Kropatchek 1878 carbine, not to be confused with French Navy 1878 rifle, built on the same action, a seldom seen little rifle, made by Verndl in Steyr (Austria) with a Chassepot-like bolt.