Firearms / Pistols / MAC Mle 50

MAC Mle 50

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    France

  • NICKNAMES
    MAC 50

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1940's

  • DESIGNER
    Manufacture d'armes de Châtellerault (MAC)

  • PRODUCTION
    1953 - 1978

  • PRODUCERS
    France - MAC
    France - MAS

  • QUANTITY
    A total of 341.900 Mle were produced.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited magazine size
    Heavy

Introduction

The Mle 50 is an early Cold War era pistol of French origin. It was developed in the late 1940's and became the standard French police and military sidearm. The Mle 50 is short for Modèle 1950, or model of 1950.

Design

The design of the Mle 50 is based on the earlier Mle 35S pistol. It is a single action pistol that uses a Browning-like short recoil system. The pistol is fully made out of metal with the exception of the plastic grip plates.

Firepower

The Mle 50 is a semi-automatic pistol. It fires the 9x19mm round from a single stack 9 round magazine. The effective range is a few dozen meters.

Users

The Mle 50 was adopted by the French police and military. The Mle 50 was used during several conflicts involving French forces and was exported to French allies, mostly former colonies. Most users have replaced the Mle 50 with more modern designs.

Variants

Mle 50

Mle 50: The Mle 50 is a single-action pistol that fires the 9x19mm round from a 9 round single stack magazine. It uses a Browning-like short recoil system. The pistol is fully made out of metal with the exception of the plastic grip plates.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine9 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length111 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity315 m/s
Stock-
Length195 mm
Width?
Height135 mm
Weight0.860 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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