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FRENCH MILITARY

The publisher would like to thank Mike Stroud and Jim Gentile for their contributions to this edition.
Various configurations manufactured in several locations in France.

FRENCH MILITARY Firearms Models

MODEL 1892 SERVICE REVOLVER Image

MODEL 1892 SERVICE REVOLVER

8mm Lebel cal., primary French Service revolver used through WWI until replaced by the M1935-A. Chambering similar to the smaller U.S. .32-20 cartridge, blued with checkered walnut grips and a lanyard loop on the frame.

MODEL 1935-A (1935A AUTO PISTOL) Image

MODEL 1935-A (1935A AUTO PISTOL)

7.65mm French Long cal., 4.3 in. barrel, 8 shot, fixed sights, checkered wood grips, locking mechanism similar to U.S. M1911A1, blue finish, Designed and mfg. for the French military (about 10,000 were issued). Approx. 24,000 were mfg. unde...

MODEL 1935-S (MODEL 1935S AUTO PISTOL) Image

MODEL 1935-S (MODEL 1935S AUTO PISTOL)

7.65mm French Long cal., 4.1 in. barrel, 8 shot, distinct raised area at rear of slide, uses a slightly modified locking system similar to the M1935A, enamel finish, 26 oz. Approx. 85,000 were produced between 1939 and 1953. Issued to the F...

M.A.B. MODEL C Image

M.A.B. MODEL C

.380 ACP (mfg. 1933-1963) or 7.65mm cal., design based on FN Browning Model 1910 7.65mm cal., 6.1 in. barrel. Mfg. 1933-1967.

M.A.B. MODEL D Image

M.A.B. MODEL D

.380 ACP or 7.65mm cal., enlarged version of the Model C (similar to Browning Model 1922 in size), steel (early versions) or alloy (later versions) frame, lanyard loop, longer grip area, intended primarily for police use. Mfg. 1933-1964.

RUBY PISTOLETS AUTOMATIQUES 7.65mm "RUBY" Image

RUBY PISTOLETS AUTOMATIQUES 7.65mm "RUBY"

a variety of 7.65mm (.32 ACP) unlocked blowback pistols were produced in Spain during WWI for the French government. The basic design was an enlargement of the FN Model 1905/1906 automatic pistol. Approximately 40 different manufacturers ma...

SAVAGE MODEL 1907 FRENCH CONTRACT Image

SAVAGE MODEL 1907 FRENCH CONTRACT

Approximately 27,500 Model 1907 pistols were sold to France during WWI. The French contract model is known to colllectors as the Model 1907-13 Modification No. 3 which included a unique wire lanyard ring and the addition of "7.65. M-M&...

P.38 svw-45 Image

P.38 svw-45

9mm Para. cal., blue or grey phosphate finish, French five pointed star proof located on right side of slide, some parts may contain E/WaA135 Garman acceptance stamps, ser. no. range approx. 1g-4500k. Mfg. by Mauser, late 1945.

P.38 svw-46 Image

P.38 svw-46

9mm Para. cal., grey phosphate finish, French five pointed star proof located on right side of the slide, some parts may contain E/WaA135 German acceptance stamps, pressed steel grips are common, ser. no. range approx. 4501k-9999k. Mfg. by ...

P.38 svw-46 (WITH L SERIAL SUFFIX) Image

P.38 svw-46 (WITH L SERIAL SUFFIX)

9mm Para. cal., black/blue finish, French five pointed star proof located on right side of the slide, ser. no. located on left side of slide (early) or under the rear tang of the frame, pressed steel grips common, ser. no. range 1L-500L. Mf...

MODEL 1950 Image

MODEL 1950

9mm Para. cal., SA, 9 shot, most models saw heavy use, 221,900 mfg. by de Armes Chatellerault (MAC) from circa 1953-1963.

MODEL 1886 LEBEL Image

MODEL 1886 LEBEL

8mm Lebel rimmed smokeless cartridge (first modern small bore magazine fed rifle to utilize this cartridge), 31 or 32 in. barrel, 8 shot tubular mag., adj. sight, military stock. Mfg. 1886-WWII.

MODEL 1890 CARBINE Image

MODEL 1890 CARBINE

8mm Lebel cartridge, 17.7 in. carbine barrel, marked on left side of receiver, sling swivels mounted to left side of the stock, no bayonet lug. Mfg. at the Chatellerault and St. Etienne Arsenals.

MODEL 1892 CARBINE Image

MODEL 1892 CARBINE

8mm Lebel cartridge, 17.5 in. barrel, no upper handguard (later variations may have had handguards), marked "MLE. 1892" on left side of receiver.

MODEL 1902 CARBINE Image

MODEL 1902 CARBINE

8mm Lebel cartridge, based on the Models of 1890 and 1892 carbines. Designed especially for the Indo-China troops. Contained a long bolt and one-piece stock with straight grip. French artillery personnel were issued a variant as the model 1...

MODEL 1907/1915 RIFLE Image

MODEL 1907/1915 RIFLE

8mm Lebel cartridge, similar to Model 1907, except for a straight bolt action design and 31.5 in. barrel. Some were made by RAC-UMC under a 1914-1915 contact. Manufacturer marking on the left side of the receiver.

1936 MAS BOLT ACTION Image

1936 MAS BOLT ACTION

7.5x54mm MAS rimless cartridge, 21 3/4 in. barrel, adj. sights, military stock, bayonet in forearm, distinguishable by forward bolt handle, housing machined from one-piece forging, integral box. mag., loaded with stripper clips, no safety, ...

MAS 49 Image

MAS 49

7.54mm MAS, gas operated (direct impingement), 22.8 in. barrel with grenade launcher and adj. grenade sight on left front side of forend, no provision for bayonet, 10 shot detachable mag., scope rail, two-piece military stock, gray finish, ...

MAS 49/56 SEMI-AUTO Image

MAS 49/56 SEMI-AUTO

7.5x54mm MAS cal., gas operated (direct impingment), 20 1/2 in. barrel w/NATO standard 22mm rifle grenade launcher and adj. grenade sight on top of barrel, gas cut-off, provision for 7.9 in. blade bayonet, 10 shot detachable mag., scope rai...