- Jul 1, 2012
Take advantage of the 2 spare mags, you're unlikely to find those in the wild...
If we see a flood of these - then how are these going to fare in the long-run price wise? Oh well - they are very nice and I really really really really am thinking about getting one of these as I have zero French weapons of any kind.Just recently, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces website pulled down the information they had about these pistols and replaced it with the Glock 17, their now standard sidearm. That means the venerable old 1950 has officially been put out to pasture. We may end up seeing a flood of these into the country. I'm VERY surprised the ultra-liberal French government didn't just destroy them rather than allow them to fall into the hands of the common man.
OK, according to Medlin and Huon "French Service Handguns 1858-2004" pp. 157-8 the MAC mfg pistols are S/N A0001 to W1900 (from 1953 to 1963). The MAS mfg guns are from FG00001 to FG100000 (Nov. 1963 to Aug. 1976) and FH00001 to FH20000 (Aug 1976 to April 1978). Most of these offered right now are C, D, F block and FG-block S/N's with MAC marked slides. There are 2 F-block guns up today with MAS slides (the more expensive listings).
So my questions for smarter people than me: are the slides numbered to the frames ala the 1935-A? And did they get swapped around when refurbished, like the 1911-A1 refurb program? In other words, why are MAS marked slides on MAC range S/N's and vice-versa. Or is the book wrong?
If we see a flood of these - then how are these going to fare in the long-run price wise? Oh well - they are very nice and I really really really really am thinking about getting one of these as I have zero French weapons of any kind. And a bag of mags.
Thanks Combloc! so if someone sees the F-blocks with MAS slides, you'd have to buy an FG-block with a MAC slide and an F-block (or other single-letter) with the MAS and swap the slides
"The one I have that is not import marked was arsenal refinished and it's easy to tell the difference between that and original finish once you have both in hand." Does it have that thick dark park'd (re)finish like the French-assembled P.38's?