Re: MAB Brevete Model D (made in france)
army vet, as Rjay said, no wartime MAB D would have been chromed originally. Having worn or beat-up guns chromed was quite common in the USA in the 1950's because of all the automobile bumper re-chroming shops around then.
Chrome is a rather white finish, very silvery. Nickel electro-plating is shiny, but a bit more yellowish. Nickel is actually a more common finish for pistols than bright chrome - except for wartime bring-backs, as I said above.
The old ammunition should be safe to use if it looks clean and un-corroded. I don't think anyone was making 7.65mm Browning / 32 ACP with corrosive primers, so the worst that should happen is a dud round. Just my $.02, of course.
PS - I should have said, if the holster is right, it might be worth more than the gun is now. There is quite a lively market for WWII holsters. You might want to put up a picture of it too.
Last edited by Lanrezac; 05-01-2012 at 01:15 PM..