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Lot 1556: St. Etienne/Manufrance Le Francais 28 "Armee" Pistol

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

St. Etienne (Manufrance) Le Francais Model 28 "Type Armee" Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

St. Etienne (Manufrance) Le Francais Model 28 "Type Armee" Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: St. Etienne
Model: 28 Armee
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm browning
Barrel: 5 inch ribbed
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
Item Views: 893
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 406
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Introduced in 1928, the Model 28 is a straight-blowback double action only semi-automatic pistol in 9 mm Browning. While using a spring-loaded slide like most 20th century automatic pistols, the 28's slide was not meant to be pulled back by the operator; instead a lever on the right side operates the flip-up barrel to either hand-load the first round or manually extract the cartridge to clear the weapon, with a spring-loaded carrier mounted to the magazine floor plate to store said cartridge. Fixed sights, with a smooth ribbed barrel, the one-line Saint-Etienne address on the right side of the slide, "LE FRANCAIS" on top, and "TYPE ARMEE" on the left. The barrel latch and trigger are casehardened, with a set of smooth brass medallions on the checkered grips and a full blue magazine equipped with a cartridge loop.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% plus of the original blue finish, showing some minor spotting, edge wear and handling marks. 80% of the original case colors remain on the trigger. The grips are also excellent, with a gouge in the left side near the trigger and some light dings. Mechanically excellent.



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