The MAS-38 is a French submachine gun designed and built in the years just before the Second World War. 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 MAS-38 is the culmination of several designs for an indigenous French submachine gun from all the way back in the mid-1920s. The French military cancelled the program to procure a new submachine gun, feeling that is had little use for a new service SMG. By the 1930s, the program was restarted and the MAS-38 began to be mass produced in 1939. However, budgetary concerns and the subsequent invasion of France by Germany in 1940 meant the first batches of the MAS-38 were not received by the French Army until late 1940. 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, where is was designated the 7.65 mm MP722(f). Some guns were also supplied to Vichy France, and notably, a MAS-38 is widely credited as the weapon used to execute Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. 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.
- 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:
|Game Title||Appears as||Mods||Notation||Release Date|
|World War II Online: Battleground Europe||2001|
|Call of Duty 2: Big Red One||"MAS 38 SMG"||2005|
|Forgotten Hope 2||"PM MAS Mle 38"||Added in v2.6 (2022)||2007|
|Call of Duty: WWII||M-38||added in an update "Operation: Shamrock & Awe" in 2018||2017|
|Lupin Zero||A Viet Minh soldier||Ep. "Young Lupin Calls Himself "the Third"||2022 - 2023|