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Old 02-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Here are some pics of a pistol I recently acquired. It's a French MAC 1950 in 9mm Parabellum that was sent to Vietnam in the early '50's in support of the French military campaign there. Left behind after their withdrawal it was part of a small lot of pistols exported to this country circa 1960 from South Vietnam.
The "Made in France" stamp refers to the country of origin not export. Since the French never surplused this model the only ones in the States are from this imported lot or GI bringbacks from VN.

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Old 02-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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Very nice pistol Len, I've never seen one of these before
I like the advert as well, good find
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Congrats! They are pretty uncommon in the US.

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Old 02-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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Nice pistol.

A batch were released in the UK (deactivated naturally) a few years ago, all were snapped up rather quickly to say the least.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #5
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Nice example of a very scarce pistol!! The advert is a nice touch.

I have one that is a vet bringback. Unfortunately since it was very devoid of finish he had it blued. I've toyed with the idea of having it reparked, just haven't got there yet.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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A very nice example! I love the prices on the advert. If only it were so today...
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:07 PM   #7
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The MAC was not used in Indochina which seems to be confirmed by a notice of the weaponry general inspection dated 1955 and confirming that the PA35 ammo had a too weak power and that a more powerful caliber was still needed.....
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:00 PM   #8
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Nice pistol, a precursor to the most aesthetically pleasing pleasing pistol design of all time IMO, the SIG-P210
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:21 AM   #9
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The MAC was not used in Indochina which seems to be confirmed by a notice of the weaponry general inspection dated 1955 and confirming that the PA35 ammo had a too weak power and that a more powerful caliber was still needed.....
I don't know how you square your comment with the fact that there are known "bringbacks" from the war with appropriate documentation.
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Riot Control Units of the french National Police used MAC-50 until 2002!!!
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:27 AM   #11
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some units of the french army always use it for shoot training.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:58 AM   #12
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Hello Toby
whay is the date of the paper you show ?
it's strange I never heard french army used MAC 50 in Indochina
may I use this paper to show on french forum ? please
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:04 AM   #13
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In support of Massoud there were several weapons not used in the far east by the French Expeditionary corps, even though they had been brought into service during the time of that war. The most obvious was the MAS-36/51 grenade launching variant of that rifle series. It entered service during 1951 but was never sent to Indochina, despite that war dragging on for another three years. The MAC-50 pistol was a similar story. Like the MAS36/51 it was reserved for use in the Metropolitan area (ie France, Europe and Algeria). The Far East forces had to make do with earlier series of weapons and with their own purchases. It is entirely likely that the batch of MAC50 pistols brought back to the US from Indochina in the late 50's and 60's were from those weapons sold/issued to the embrionic national forces of Cambodia, Laos and South Vietnam, which the French clothed and armed until the USA took over.
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