MAB Brevete Model D (made in france)

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by cadefoster, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. RJay

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    And if perchance it is nickle and original finish, it would not have German military acceptance marks.The Germans did not issue ( not even for Generals ) chrome or nickle plated guns, nor did any modern army that I am aware of.
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    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.
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  3. Dullahan

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    Jim That MAB posted with the photo is not a standard pistol made in France (unless it is an extremely early model) because it does not have the safety feature built into the handle. The gun will not fire until this safety feature is depressed by the Grip. Some MAB's were made in Yugoslavia and there are models made elsewhere,
    Dullahan.
  4. army vet

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    Thanks for the feedback. Here are a couple of Pix. Not my best work. Does anyone know what the mark is after the S.N ? It looks like a worn out nazi eagle w/o swastica. There are some numbers under it.

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  5. army vet

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    No comments on the pictures I posted?
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    I think your questions have been pretty well answered. The chrome/nickel finish is not original. The Germans took over many of those pistols and the eagle/swastika is the German acceptance stamp. The number is that of the WaA (Waffenamt) inspector whose team accepted the pistol for German service.

    The gun is a shooter, with little collector interest. The ammunition might be corrosive in which case it will rust the barrel unless the barrel is cleaned right after firing.

    Up until the mid-1930's almost all ammunition, including .32 ACP, was corrosive primed; after that, SOME commercial ammo was non-corrosive but almost all military ammo still used corrosive primers. Unless a box specifically says "non-corrosive", "sinoxid" or "nicorro" any ammuntion made prior to the 1950s should be considered possibly corrosive. (Even some late ammo, like 5.45x39 Russian, and some .303 British may be corrosive.)

    Jim
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    Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
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    thats the kind of holster my nazi proof marked one came in. it might be one that the nazi's captured and reissued. your pic is too small for me to see the mark.
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    The holster has a very clear stamping of an Eagle holding a Swastica in it's talons. I was wondering about the color, most I have seen were black. Does the Brown have any significance?
  10. ShawnDow

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    I think the nickle plating looks good... if your going to use it and not trade it in for "value" do what you like it it... i have an early sn unit 24XXX type 1 and I'm going to overhaul the thing so my daughters can learn to shoot a pistol. and the nickel plating looks good... at least the slide.. ill have to photoshop it to see what i like best.
  11. Lanrezac

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    ShawnDow, I think nickel plate would make the sights harder to see, unless your MAB D is one of the ones with the big adjustable sights. Also, for a new shooter, even the recoil of of a 32 automatic is startling. And 32 Auto costs about $15 a box even at gun shows, compared to what? $3.00? for 22LR. All just my $.02, of course. Have fun!
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    I found a exact gun in my attic a couple of week ago. I purchased this house in 2003 and the house was built in 1978. so I believe the gun has been sitting there at least for a 9+ years. I would like to know if I can register this gun under my name if it has a clear record and nobody register it before. Is there any regulation or law applialble to my case? thanks
  13. RJay

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    Where do you live, most states do not require registering firearms.
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    I live in Michigan and we do need to register firearms.
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