After World War II, the French military establishment wanted to embrace the small-arms renaissance of the submachine gun. By the late 1940s, the French had their gun, the MAT-49.
The MAT-49, chambered in 9mm Parabellum, was constructed mainly out of stamped pieces of heavy sheet steel. Machining parts was kept to a minimum to reduce cost and production time.
As a direct blowback weapon, it fired from the open bolt (bolt locks back and is released with the pull of the… Continue