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French MAB Model 'D' Morocco Police or Army

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    French MAB Model 'D' French Morocco Military or Security Police issue.Cal. 7.65mm.
    Mfg. 1953.......BILL
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    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Nice pistol, Bill!

    Regards

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    Fine weapon BILL...
    Does it have any special marking denoting Moroccan property ?
    Is it in 7.65mm Longue or simply 7.65mm Browning ?
    Thanks for sharing...Regards, Thanos.

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    Right side on trigger guard web is the Morocco Palm tree proof mark that siginifies Police or Military useage.. Cal. is standard 7.65mm .32 auto....BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    We thank you for the info BILL...I saw the "palm tree" but thought it was some kind of Y ; the initials of the inspector.
    Thanks again for sharing, regards, Thanos.

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    Nice Type II MAB D, but the manufacturing date is wrong.

    MAB D production was restarted in 1945 after the liberation of France (in 1944) as part of the French rearmament. The Type II began production in mid-June 1945. The s/n of your pistol indicates it was made a couple of years later, so probably in 1947.

    MAB s/n are very confusing. MAB had a "normal" s/n series it used for military and commercial pistols, and a number of special letter-prefix s/n series used primarily with pistols for various government agencies (mostly, but not only French). It also restarted the "normal" s/n series on all of its pistol models at different times after WWII but before 1950; the exact dates this happened are not known, but sometime before 7/1948 for the MAB D. However, since your pistol is still within the original MAB D s/n series, although near the end of known examples, this also means it was made sometime before 7/1948, with late 1947 to early 1948 a reasonable date range.

    A 1953 date would be appropriate for your s/n in the MAB D second s/n series, but there are no known pistols marked for the Kingdom of Morocco with the second s/n series, and other markings on the pistol (the slide legend, for example) had also changed by 1953.

    Bill

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    Quote by Gun Shy View Post
    Nice Type II MAB D, but the manufacturing date is wrong.

    MAB D production was restarted in 1945 after the liberation of France (in 1944) as part of the French rearmament. The Type II began production in mid-June 1945. The s/n of your pistol indicates it was made a couple of years later, so probably in 1947.

    MAB s/n are very confusing. MAB had a "normal" s/n series it used for military and commercial pistols, and a number of special letter-prefix s/n series used primarily with pistols for various government agencies (mostly, but not only French). It also restarted the "normal" s/n series on all of its pistol models at different times after WWII but before 1950; the exact dates this happened are not known, but sometime before 7/1948 for the MAB D. However, since your pistol is still within the original MAB D s/n series, although near the end of known examples, this also means it was made sometime before 7/1948, with late 1947 to early 1948 a reasonable date range.

    A 1953 date would be appropriate for your s/n in the MAB D second s/n series, but there are no known pistols marked for the Kingdom of Morocco with the second s/n series, and other markings on the pistol (the slide legend, for example) had also changed by 1953.

    Bill
    Thank You very much for this information, it is greatly appreciated.. Yes MAB # surely are confusing....BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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