The MAT-49 was a submachine gun which was developed by French arms factory Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle (MAT) for use by the French Army and was first produced in 1949.
The MAT-49 saw widespread combat use during the First Indochina War and the Algerian War, as well as the 1956 Suez Crisis. The weapon found considerable favor with airborne and mechanized troops, who prized it for its firepower and compactness.
After French forces left Indochina, the VPA and Viet Minh converted many captured MAT-49s to the Soviet 7.62 mm Tokarev pistol cartridge, then available in large quantities from the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. These converted versions could be distinguished by a longer barrel and a higher rate of fire at 900 rpm.
The MAT-49 had a short, retractable wire stock, which when extended gave the weapon a length of 720 mm (28.3 inches), and the magazine well and magazine could be folded forward parallel to the barrel for parachute jump or with a 45° angle hence allowing a safe carry until the magazine well is brought back to vertical position before opening fire. Barrel length is 230 mm (9 inches), with some police-issue weapons manufactured with extended barrels and non-retractable wooden stocks. As issued, the MAT-49 fires a 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge, using a single-column 20-round magazine for desert use or 32-round similar to the Sten magazine.
In Project Reality, the MAT-49 is seen in the hands of the NVA and the African Resistance Forces.
- 7.62x25mm & 9x19mm.
- Full Auto only.
- Iron Sights only.
- Used by NVA, ARF.
- Camera will zoom in to a abnormal extent to the iron sights when in ADS mode, presenting a very small field of view, this is due to it very small iron sights.
- The MAT-49 in Project Reality used by the NVA should be 900rpm, but is set to fire at 600rpm. This might be due to the weapon being the original 9x19mm model and not the converted 7.62x25mm.