MAS 49 & 49/56 Titanium Firing pin $95.00 For MAS 49 & 49/56 only, not MAS 39

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Great news: This pin also fits MAS 49 French and MAS 49 Syrian

Top with scope is French MAS 49
Crusty one in the middle is the Syrian MAS 49
On the bottom looking fine is the MAS 49/56
Micheal F. from Connecticut discovered something I learned from no other source. This surprised me because others said the pins were dedicated to each MAS model. "They” got it wrong.

Mike just happened to have a French 49/56, a French 49 and a Syrian 49. He looked at the bolt and pin in each and said “wait a minute they’re all the same.” I sent him a pin and he tried it in all three guns... and hurray, hurray it worked. I’m giving Mike the Magellan Award for a terrific discovery.

WLD 0091waynedavis2012-800Top: Bolt
Middle: TFP firing pin at 11.793 grams is 42% less than OEM MAS pin
Bottom: Original MAS pin

Weapon Background

The MAS-49/56 (Manufacture d'Armes St. Etienne) was introduced in 1957. Its design improvements over previous French combat rifles came from combat experience in Algeria and against the Viet Minh in Vietnam. The rifle became shorter and lighter to improve mobility for armor, airborne and jungle troops. The MAS-49/56 ended production in 1978. The MAS 49/56 was withdrawn from service in 1990. 275,240 MAS 49/56 rifles were produced between 1957 and 1978.

The MAS 49/56 firing 7.5 x 54mm ammo was an accurate battle rifle for its time. Recoil is very light for a full-power rifle which allows the sight to stay on target. Its overall handling is excellent. The 49/56 is well balanced and swings faster than WWII-era rifles including the M1 Garand. The MAS 49/56 weighs about 8.5 lbs. The Garand is heavier at 10 lbs. The MAS is also four inches shorter than M1 and most of its weight is centerd in the action. Internal parts are heavy duty, forged and machined--not stamped. The build quality and detail are superior to most but not all WWII rifles.

Using the iron sights and high-quality surplus French military ball, the MAS will average, 1.75 to 2.5 MOA five-shot groups at 100 yards. The MAS is as accurate as any other semi-auto military rifle during and post WWII-this includes a comparison with FN FAL, HK G3/CETME, or stock M1 Garand. It is more accurate than FN 49, SVT-40, AK-47 or SKS.

Advanced features for the time

The MAS detachable magazine could be topped off or reloaded during combat. Garand shooters had to wait until the ammo clip was expended with a loud clang, which was dangerous in fighting lulls. The MAS 49/56 has fewer parts and field strips faster than the M1. The MAS disassembles into just seven largish pieces; the beefy firing pin is the smallest one.


The MAS 49/56 is considered by knowledgeable, unbiased folk to be the pinnacle of semi-automatic main battle rifles of the WWll period. Today a decent M-1 Garand sells for $1000 give or take. The MAS 49/56 is a bargain for a lightweight, compact, hard-hitting rifle--they sell for about $500. The MAS should be an important and inexpensive addition to your arsenal. Some gun people consider the 49/56 rather ugly and I agree. But in its ugliness is beauty if you consider its practical design or can appreciate the unusual.

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Bill Toth

America's leading expert on MAS rifles comments on the MAS 49/56 Titanium Firing Pin:

Let me first start by congratulating you on your titanium firing pin. It is a fine piece of machine work and accurate to OEM dimensions. The (pin in titanium) is founded in solid mechanical/physical principals and in the current specifications will eliminate the "slam fire". The solution to the slam fire problem is to hold the firing pin protrusion to .035 total (and to hold to other OE specs-editor). The Titanium firing pin may fire military issue but don’t chance it--just slip the OE pin back in and save the TFP for commercial ammunition.

The following procedure was used in the evaluation and testing your titanium firing pin (with an interesting observation noted).

Step 1. Inspected rifle and checked head space

Step 2. Loaded and fired one round French military surplus 7.5 x 54. Inspected case and primer

Step 3. Loaded magazine with two rounds of ammunition to check for slam fire. The first round loaded was one round of French military surplus followed by one round FNM commercial (Portuguese) Lot #9001, 7.5 x 54,

Step #4. Fired first round (French surplus), no slam fire, rifle recycled and chambered the next FNM round.

Step #5. Opened the action to check primer for indentation from titanium firing pin on unfired cartridge.

Upon extracting the unfired FNM cartridge case. I observed that the projectile had become completely detached from the case (due to the inertia of chambering) with the propellant spilled throughout the chamber and magazine. My observation confirms the FNM bullet did detach from the case. Upon inspecting FNM brass which was previously used to test fire other rifles, I observed powder fouling on all 15 FNM cases, with no fouling of 20 Privi Partizan, 35 French surplus or 30 Egyptian/Arabian surplus.

(In case the message is not clear AVOID FNM AMMO.)

I consulted Bill to judge the quality and function of my firing pin. I was not after him for an endorsement. He surprised me by writing the above. Bill, I think, is the country's leading expert on MAS rifles. He has fixed many, many of them and knows their idiosyncrasies. If you are having any problem what-so-ever with a standard MAS or one that has been butchered, call Bill. He is a very nice guy and will find a solution for you.

Bill Toth
Design System Technologies
2A Old Green Creek Road
Benton, PA 17814


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You can't automatically buy the pin online because I want to talk with each buyer. I make new friends and I learn a lot from you. It also gives immediate feedback if a customer is having a problem. Yep that's Phil in the Goofy hat--life needn't be all too serious.

WLD 0169waynedavis2012-400Your purchase of this product is an acceptance of the dangers associated with weapons, ammunition and what the combination can do when improper care and improper use of the weapon occur. You are expected to know all aspects of gun safety or find another hobby.

A Wise Note

I am asking you not to use the TFP on milspec ammo. Primers are robust in combat ammo and I fear that titanium, being a more brittle material, may not last up against harder primers over the long haul. So switch firing pins for intended ammo. Luckily, the pin switch is quick and easy.


If the FTP fails in anyway just send yours back and I will reimburse you for its cost. Make no mistake if you do something really stupid (like shoot someone or damage property with your rifle) it is not the firing pin's fault!  A suit against this product will be disappointing because the company has few attractive assets.

Care & feeding of your TFP

Keep the firing pin channel free of cosmoline, grease or oily residue. Excess lubricants can interfere with a free-floating firing pin.

TFP Range Stories

I finally got to the range today to test fire my MAS with the new TFP. The TFP has completely transformed my MAS!!! The performance difference is beyond my expectations! With the old steel pin my MAS would randomly slam fire the rifle to point of it being a range menace. Now, it shoots smooth and clean – not a single slam fire after several boxes of PMC Bronze .308. I'm totally thrilled with how your product breathed new life into my rifle.  THANK YOU!!

Brian Arrington
Shoreline, Washington

My firing pin solved my slam fire problem.

Tommy in Georgia

The titanium pin totally solved the problem I had with my MAS 49/56. Before the replacement pin I would get 2 and 3 round bursts approximately every 30 rounds.

Brandon in Pennsylvania

The MAS 49/56 titanium pin solved my [slam-fire] trouble very, very well.

Di Giampaolo in Rome, Italy