Re: Shooting the French Model 1935A Pistol
Thanks for the information and video. I like old guns as well.
Your overall length problem most likely derives from using a bullet with a tighter ogive and a 'shoulder' rather than the FMJ with longer, sloping ogive. But as you said, getting anything to shoot is the goal. (I once had an 11mm Mauser rifle and NEVER did find the 'correct' bullets.)
I would also mention you might give COTW a break. One finds a bit of 'tolerance' in manufacturing specifics. For instance, 9x19 barrels have run from .355 to .362, depending on manufacturer and day of week. (Never buy a pistol made on a Friday afternoon.) For COTW to miss your pistol's barrel by .001 inches really isn't so bad.
Regarding accuracy: In addition to your reloads and the fixed sights, you didn't mention the trigger weight and length of pull. In my collecting of .32 ACP pistols from the Art Deco period, I find most of them have trigger pulls of eight pounds and more. Not to mention considerable movement prior to sear release.
I have a French MAB modele 'D', initially made in the middle 1930s. I found it shoots considerably better - both accuracy and reliability - than I feared. There's a write up on my blog site - which is shown in my signature.