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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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Standard and paratrooper US M1 Carbines used in Indochina war.

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Asp. Georges Fleurot, killed in action at Claire and Song Cam river junction (Tonkin) in 1947, and obviously alte-hase‘s doppelganger.

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Montfort Commando-marine Moïse Saillant with a FM 24/29 LMG, in Ha Long Bay, circa 1950. Via AB.

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Montfort Commando-marine Moïse Saillant with a FM 24/29 LMG, in Ha Long Bay, circa 1950. Via AB.