Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1558: Engraved French St. Etienne Model 28 Type Armee Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Factory Engraved French St. Etienne Le Francais Model 28 Type Armee Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Factory Engraved French St. Etienne Le Francais Model 28 Type Armee Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: St. Etienne
Model: 28 Armee
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm Browning Long
Barrel: 5 inch ribbed
Finish: blue
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 382
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Introduced in 1928, the Model 28 is a straight blowback double action only semi-automatic pistol in 9mm Browning Long. 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 of the slide, "LE FRANCAIS" on top, "TYPE ARMEE" on the left, and zigzag border engraving with floral motifs on the frame and slide. 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:

Very fine, retains 90% original blue finish with some light edge wear, light pitting concentrated at the face of the muzzle, and distinct engraving overall. Grips are also very fine with a small crack in the front of the right grip panel and crisp checkering. 60% strong case colors remain, concentrated on the left of the trigger and barrel latch. Mechanically excellent.

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