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French Infantry Rifles


Fusil d’infanterie modèle 1907/1915 Berthier

Developed from the Fusil d’infanterie modèle 1886, better known as the Lebel rifle, the Berthier modèle 07/15 was itself a modernized version of the 1907 rifle, by featuring a 5 round magazine instead of the older obsolete 3 round clip. A reasonably accurate rifle, it lacked a safety catch, but overall was a respected weapon, especially in its 8mm caliber. In 1934 the Armée de Terre introduced a new 7.5-mm cartridge to replace the 8-mm standard then in use. The updated Berthier rifles were awarded an designated suffix of M34, as in modèle 1916 M34. The new rifle was much shortened and lighter firing the smaller more modern 7.5mm cartridge. However the conversion did not take place fast enough and most reserve units found themselves carrying the model 07/15 instead of the modernized M34 rifle. Commonly, each rifleman carried 50 rounds in 10 clips inside of a rifleman's belt.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Berthier 07/15__ 0_____x2______1/2/4/8____0_______AI________1916

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

Berthier 07/15__ 0_______x30_____75_______-1______ 5(8mm,box)__3.8

Berthier M34 Change: DM to x28, BR to 69, Mass to 3.6

 

Fusil d’infanterie MAS 1936 Rifle

The MAS 36 rifle was designed to become the main rifle of the french forces for 1940. Its development was stopped many years because the indecision of the Etat-Major, and it was too late to equip all the army with it. About 500 000 were distributed. A good rifle overall, offering reasonable accuracy and range. A foldable version existed for paratroopers and mountain troops. Hundreds of thousands were captured, and were used by territorial guard units and later the Volkssturm in 1943 as the 7.5 mm Gew 242(f). Commonly, each rifleman carried 50 rounds in 10 clips inside of a rifleman's belt.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

MAS 36______ 0_____x2______1/2/4/8____0_______AI________1936

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

MAS 36______ 0_______x28_____ 70_______-1______ 5(7.5mm,box)__3.5

 

Fusil d’infanterie MAS 1940 Rifle

The experimental MAS 40 rifle was produced by Manufacture d'Amres de Saint Etienne. It was meant to be a next generation rifle of the French Army, and proved to be very successful.. in the hands of german troops. Only several thousand were produced to equip the elite mountain and dragoon portes units before the factories gearing up for its production fell into german hands. They in hand began manufacturing this excellent design in the rechambered form as the 7.92 mm Gew 243(f) rifle. The weapon fired from either a 5 round clip compatible with the Berthier M34 and MAS 36 rifles or the 25 round clip of the FM 24/29 LMG. French soldier carried the 25rd box mag in addition to 50 rounds in 10 clips inside of a rifleman's belt for a total of 75. Two pouches, each containing three magazines, with perhaps a further one loaded in the rifle for a total of 175 rounds were carried as standard by the german soldiers.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

MAS 40______ 0_____x2______1/2/4/8____SA(0)___AI________1940

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

MAS 40______ 0_______x28_____ 70_______0______ 5(7.5mm,box)*__4.5

* Can also use the 25rd box magazine of the FM 24/29 LMG.