The MAC 50 (also known as MAC 1950, MAS 50 or PA modèle 1950) is a standard semi-automatic pistol of the French army and adopted in 1950. It replaced the previous series of French pistols, the Modèle 1935A & Modèle 1935S, and was produced between 1950 and 1970.
It was first made by MAC (Manufacture d`armes de Châtellerault) then by MAS (an abbreviation of Manufacture d`Armes St. Etienne - one of several government-owned arms factories in France)
It is now superseded by the PAMAS.
History In Châtellerault, 221,900 were made until it was closed in 1963 with production continuing in St. Etienne with 120,000 pistols would be made by 1978.
Design It uses the Browning system like the FN GP 35 with an integral barrel feed ramp, it is a single-action trigger with slide mounted safety that locks the firing pin so the hammer can be lowered by pressing the trigger with safety engaged.
The MAC-50 is primarily based on the Modèle 1935S, for which MAC was the primary manufacturer, although it shares some characteristics with the Modèle 1935A, the design basis for the SIG P210 (SIG licensed the Modèle 1935A design from SACM in 1937).
Used by - Central African Republic - France - French Armed Forces - Police Nationale - Morocco
Wars - First Indochina War - Algerian War - Suez Crisis - Chad conflicts
MAC 1950: Disassembly & History
Weapontype: Service Pistol
Manufacturer: Manufacture d`armes de Châtellerault (MAC), Manufacture d`Armes de Saint-Etienne (MAS)
Operation: Single Action, Short recoil, locked breech, dropping barrel
Cartridge: 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum
Weight: 860 g (30 oz) (unloaded)
Length: 195 mm (7.7 in)
Barrel: 111 mm (4.4 in)
Magazine Capacity: 9 rounds
Feed system: Single-stack Magazine
In Production: 1953–1978
Sights: Fixed iron sights 155 mm (6.1 in) sight radius