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    relative collector value of three MAS 36 pre war rifles

    I have 3 MAS 36 prewar rifles:

    G Series, 8xx, all match except bayonet, stacking swivel broken off, bore is frosted but strong, metal and wood show field use, cartouche (Dec 1937) visible, stamped LK5 by butt, good shooter.

    H Series, 96xxx, all match including bayonet, stacking swivel broken off, bore is bright and strong, metal and wood finish appear original, does not look like it was used in the field, cartouche strong (May 1940), good shooter.

    Mystery Rifle, Very good condition all around, including intact stacking swivel. Never shot this one.

    Question: I'm not interested in putting a value on each rifle, what I would like to know from others is which one is the "most collectible" of the three. I am considering selling two of them, and want to make the best decision on what to keep. I would normally go by condition, which makes the H series #1. Is there something about the G series (age, LK5 stamp?) that would make that one more "collectible"?

    I have also asked this same question on another forum, but have not received any feedback.

    Opinions welcome. Thanks in advance.

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    Broken parts drop the value considerably. So does the frosted barrel(frosting is the beginning of rust.) Condition is everything.
    There really isn't much collector interest in MAS rifles, but they run from $385 to a hallucinatory $999(Rebuilt/refurbished. Auction site dealers can be nuts.) on Gunbroker.
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    They certainly go cheap in the UKicon...

    Interesting rear locking rifles.

    The May 1940 example was probably unissued, or perhaps Police issued, as it rolled off the production line as Franceicon surrendered.

    Quite a few Mas36 rifles were issued for second line use by the Germans, guarding POW camps etc I believe.

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    I have a mild interest in Frenchicon rifles but probably can't help a whole lot. I would say the least collectible if the "mystery rifle" If you don't know what it is, hard to collect it. Pros on the G is that is most likely saw combat against the Germans. Some collectors would put a premium on that one over the H that appears unused. Con's are worse condition than the H which for others would put the H on top. One thing to make sure of is that the H is original finish and not a post war refurb, that would push the G easily in first. Personally I'd go for the G given the choice. I prefer rifles that have some history. I have an unissued No 4 Britishicon rifle and I really don't know what to do with it. Yes it's worth a lot of money but it just doesn't do much for me other than amaze me a bit with all the teeny markings you never see on used rifles.


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