Our reenactment group try to use the original weapons in our historic group meetings - heres some of the weapons used by us.
Firstly we have the three rifles that were the mainstay of the French army for many years after the second world war;
MAS 36 - MAS 44 - MAS 45/56
We have each of these weapons in the group, the MAS 36 is the easiest to come by, but the others can be more elusive!!
Then we come to the MAT 49 - a cheaply made stamped steel sub machine gun. This was favoured by troops and had a high rate of fire, but was somewhat inaccurate.
The next black and white picture is of a genuine trrop member with his MAT
Below this we have a picture of the MAs 36 in use during one of our 'war games'
Below this is another member of the group using the Hotchkiss 9mm light machine gun. Althouh these are readily available - they were never really used in anger and saw littl use outside the paratrooper forces, as they were not built very well - and didn't come with carrying straps!! - just a chain - what a pain.
The final two pictures show one of the FARG members carrying and using the MAS 45/56 which was a carbine version of the earlier gas operated MAS 44. This weapon came with a grenade launching facility at the end of the barrel, and extendable sights at the end of the wooden furniture for this reason. These are quite rare in civilain hands as the french army has a habit of either stockpiling arms in longterm storage - or destroying them in large numbers after use.
If you have any interest in these weapons - agin feel free to mail me to discuss.