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Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne (lit. St. Étienne Arms Manufacturer) was a French state-owned firearms manufacturing company. Founded in 1764, the site was annexed in 2001 and the company merged into the Nexter defense conglomerate.

History[]

The company was founded in 1764 with the approval of King Louis XV of France and overseen by a Mr. de Montbéliard. A more modern factory was built in 1864, with rifles like the Gras and Chassepot being produced around that time.

The company experienced a decline around the 1960s, with the site being taken over by GIAT Industries in 1989; the site was closed in 2001 and was gazetted a monument historique in 2006.[1]

Products[]

MAS was known for their prolific production of arms, with a wide variety of pistols, rifles and revolvers to their name.

Assault rifles
Battle rifles
Single-shot rifles
Bolt-action rifles
Self-loading rifles
Submachine guns
Pistols and revolvers
Machine guns
Launchers
Artillery pieces
  • Canon de 75 modèle 1897

References[]

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