Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Rifle


QUESTION: I just bought online a French MAS MLE 36-51 7.5x54 Bolt Action Rifle, do you know if this rifle uses stripper clips or a 10 round mag.

ANSWER: Hello Robert.
  Your French MAS MLE 36-51 rifle can be loaded by use of stripper clips, or hand feed. It does not use a clip magazine, although it has a mauser type hinged floor plate for quick unloading. Check out this web site for more info. It should, also, be equipped with a grenade launcher and bayonet to be complete.
  Hope this helps and thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage

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QUESTION: What would be the correct bayonet for this rifle.

Hello, again, Robert.
  Did you find the web site I listed? It should explain the bayonet. It is a spike type that fits inside the tube under the barrel. Pretty unique. Goes in secured with threads and to deploy just unscrew. turn around and screw to the same threads. Charles

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.


I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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