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MAS-38 - 7.65x20mm Longue

The MAS-38 was a French submachine gun designed and built in the years just before the Second World War. It was used and adopted by French military forces in 1939 and when the Germans conquered France in 1940, they did as Germany always did, adopt and use the indigenous weapons built by the conquered country for use by their own military or occupational forces. MAS stands for Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne which means "Weapons industry of Saint-Étienne". St. Etienne was the arms maker for the majority of France's weapons in the 19th-20th centuries. The Submachine gun (chambered in the French 7.65mm) was in production between 1939-1946. It was actively used by French police forces until it was replaced by the MAT-49 submachine gun in 1950. The captured version of the MAS-38 used by German forces was called the 7.65 mm MP722(f) as the official German designation.



  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 7.65x20mm Longue, 7.65x17mm Browning SR
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs (2.9 kg)
  • Length: 24.5 in (62.3 cm)
  • Barrel length: 8.8 in (22.4 cm)
  • Capacity: 32 rounds
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Auto

The MAS-38 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur) Private motorcycle policemen 1953
The Gambler (Bob le flambeur) Police detectives 1956
The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor) Jaroslav Mareš Václav Malý 1958
Hannjo Hasse Wolf
Bells Without Joy (Carillons sans joie) French soldiers 1962
Any Number Can Win Jean Gabin Charles 1963
Alain Delon Francis Verlot
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) Jimmy Karoubi The miget 1965
OAS members
The Sucker (Le corniaud) French police 1965
The Majordomo (Le majordome) Criminals 1965
The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) Motorcycle guards 1966
Action Man (Le soleil des voyous) French police 1967
Pasha (Le Pacha) Quinquin's henchman 1968
The Bride Wore Black (La Mariée était en noir) Policemen 1968
The Sicilian Clan (Le clan des Siciliens) Soldiers at the airport 1969
How I Unleashed World War II Jan Swiderski Capt. Letoux 1970
The Cop (Un condé) Seen on police shooting range 1970
Black Sun (Chyornoye solntse) Moussombe's bodyguard 1970
Take It Easy It's a Waltz (Laisse aller ... c'est une Valse) The policeman 1971
She No Longer Talks She Shoots Annie Girardot French police 1972
The Last Four Days A female Blackshirt 1974
Cop Story (Flic Story) Police officers and gendarmes 1975
The Old Gun (Le vieux fusil) Vichy militia 1975
The Gang (Le Gang) Alain Delon Robert 1977
Police officers and gendarmes
Armageddon (Armaguedon) French police 1977
Chained Heat 2 Brigitte Nielsen Magda Kassar 1993
To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) Jonathan Couzinié Lt. Maussier 2018

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2001
Forgotten Hope 2003
Call of Duty: WWII M-38 added in an update "Operation: Shamrock & Awe" in 2018 2017
Post Scriptum 2018

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