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Q&A 21: French Edition

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Today’s Q&A is all about French guns, because I am getting close to being finished writing a book on French military rifles – the first book to cover this subject in English from the Chassepot through the FAMAS!

01:34 – Favorite French pistol, rifle, and machine gun
03:13 – How did I get interested in French arms?
05:05 – Lebel’s effectiveness at preventing tube magazine detonation?
07:45 – Plans to make the RSC after WW1?
10:00 – Why was French arms development overwhelmingly government and not private?
12:01 – Current arms manufacturing capacity in France?
13:30 – How does the FAMAS fit into the general bullpup timeline?
16:16 – Should the RSC have been updated to use the 7.5mm cartridge?
17:30 – Do I speak French?
19:46 – Which was better, the Lebel or Berthier?
20:35 – Why did it take so long to replace the MAS 49/56?
22:18 – Would a modern FAMAS using P-mags be feasible?
24:05 – Why did France not adopt the Maxim gun?
26:02 – Do I plan to get optics for my FAMAS?
30:07 – Why did the French adopt en bloc clips?
31:20 – What French arms are currently available at reasonable prices?
34:36 – Are there French-specific themes to their small arms?
36:35 – Would it have made a difference if France had adopted a semiauto rifle by 1939?
37:04 – What did the French arsenals do under occupation/Vichy?
38:28 – Will my book include the tabatiere?
39:17 – Should France have adopted an intermediate round in place of the 7.5×54?
40:37 – Do I have a Chatellerault M91 Mosin?
42:48 – What could be improved on the FAMAS?
44:17 – Most practical French rifle of WW1?
44:54 – Did France use the Gatling Gun in the Franco-Prussian War?
47:13 – Thoughts on the adoption of the HK 416?
50:20 – Best French rifle adopted at its time?
51:54 – Why does the French government keep WW1 and WW2 stuff classified still today?
53:54 – What was the status of the MAS-40 when WW2 started?
55:46 – Greek use of the Berthier

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