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Lot 1557: 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 1557: 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 round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
Item Views: 272
Item Interest: Average
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; many Armee pistols were equipped with a spring loaded carrier on the magazine to hold this round, but this example is not. Fixed sights, with a smooth 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.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 90% of the original blue finish, showing bright wear along the high edges, minor spotting and light handling marks. 75% of the straw colors remain on the trigger and barrel lever, with a smooth gray on the remainder. The grips are excellent, with a few light dings. Mechanically excellent.



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