Manufrance Le Francais Type Armee
Scarce massive and charismatic Le Francais Type Armee with finned barrel and correct spare cartridge magazine. SN: 9661. Cal: 9mmP. Standard configuration Type Armee with 5” finned barrel having fixed front and rear sight. Unique flip barrel. Double action only mechanism with correct magazine made to hold spare cartridge at the base. Top of slide marked “Le Francais” in a small oval. Model notation “Type Armee” on the left side of the slide with manufacturer “MANUFACTURE FRANCAISE D-ARMES ET CYCLES DE SAINT-ETIENNE”. Major parts rust blued with beautifully case hardened trigger and release lever. European walnut checkered panels whose inserted discs retain the internally securing parts. Magazine with release at base numbered “6548” having seven indicator holes and spring loaded sleeve for spare cartridge. Condition: At least 95-97% bright original rust blue with minimal evidence of use. Most of the downgrade is from oxidative toning on the right side of the frame, bottom rear corner. Comparable condition case hardening, grips and magazine. Mirror bright bore. Perfect manual mechanics although the forward slide will often disengage from the main spring, to shift slightly upwards, when the barrel is released. Easily corrected with a minor adjustment of the main spring arms. A HISTORIC INVESTMENT!
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