Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Châtellerault (MAC)
A WWI dated French Berthier carbine in good useable condition, bolt is mis-matched, but quite common.
Sound condition, with a few arsnal repairs to the stock. the cleaning rod channel has been filled, which is a post WWI modification. The markings on this carbine indicate it was still in service in the 1930s.
This little carbine has various markings, which i have deciphered as:
The letter preceding the serial number is a b which is from the block issued to Chatellerault
The large letters above the serial number is the Steel code using in barrel making
JH= Holtser (Jacob) et Cie Unieux ... and used by the
Arsenals: MAC, MAS and MAT: JHand the smaller letters
in the circle are the factory inspectors stamps.
You will also sometimes see on the left side of the receiver
on some Berthier Rifles and Carbines only, right at the end of the model
designation the following letters, "MD ...Modifi Desaleux" which
means the weapons sights were modified or manufactured for the Balle D
The origin of the chamber re-throating was carried out
on the various weapons in service that were still in French inventory
as of 1934 with most being done during the period 1935 to 1939.