Hot! Friday Photo: Marc and the MAT-49

Today’s photo is of Marc, playing around with a “dummy gun” mockup of a French MAT-49 machine pistol. That particular firearm was commonly used by the French troops in Algeria which he is portraying in this shot, but due to the full-auto nature of the gun, it is extremely rare in the USA. Thus, for living history events, we use a fake reproduction made of wood and rubber.

Whenever possible, reenactors use original firearms (or fully working replicas in the case of guns from prior centuries), but sometimes replicas are used when the real thing is either unobtainable or close to it.