|blank cell||MAS Mle 1936 Rifle|
|RATE OF FIRE||1 per 2 rounds|
|MAGAZINE CAPACITY||5 rounds|
|BASE RANGE||110 yards|
|COMBAT USE: Vichy French armed forces, French Foreign Legion|
The French were in the process of replacing the M16 Lebel with the MAS Mle 36 when France fell to the Germans. As the armed forces of Vichy France were small enough that the MAS Mle 36 production was sufficient to supply them, the MAS Mle 36 became the standard issue rifle for French troops involved in internal security in the Vichy zone and on colonial duty overseas.
Before June 1940, the MAS Mle 36 had been issued to cavalry and Foreign Legion units in the French Army. Those forces in North Africa that chose to follow DeGaulle continued to carry the MAS Mle 36 up until 1942, when all Free French forces in that theater were reorganized with American weapons and equipment.