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Lot 1556: St. Etienne Le Francais Model 28 "Type Armee" Pistol

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

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Lot 1556: St. Etienne Le Francais Model 28 "Type Armee" Pistol

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

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized:

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

Manufacturer: St. Etienne
Model: 28 Armee
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 5 inch fluted
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 382
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. Two magazines are included, both finished in blue with the cartridge loop on the bottom, as well as one inert cartridge.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 90% plus of the original blue finish, with areas of brown patina, mild edge wear, and some light dings and handling marks. The grips are also excellent, with some minor staining, verdigris buildup, and a few minor dings. Mechanically excellent.



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