Manufactured in 1915-1916. This is one of only approximately 50 (serial numbered 0001A through 0050A) experimental/prototype pistols manufactured with a lanyard ring on the butt to secure a French military contract. These pistols were manufactured after the first batch of pistols sent to France did not meet immediate approval due to their lack of lanyard attaching hardware. This pistol has the correct hole in the lower back strap for the lanyard loop which is now absent. A similar example is pictured on p. 132 of "Savage Pistols" by Bailey Brower Jr., and these 50 pistols are discussed on p. 133, while this specific pistol is pictured on p. 49 of "Savage Automatic Pistols" by James Carr. Provenance: The James Carr Collection; The Bailey Brower, Jr. Collection, author of “Savage Pistols”
Fine, retains 40% of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and a few small scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The grips are also very good with a few scattered minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A scarce Savage experimental French military contract pistol!
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