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Spanish 'RUBY' Pistol French Army Contract

Article about: Enjoy this French Army Spanish 'Ruby' pistol cal 7.65mm/.32Auto.. Notice safe and fire in French... This one called 'IDEAL' Manufacture code A.G... Here is a list of the Codes for 'Ruby' Typ

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    Enjoy this French Army Spanish 'Ruby' pistol cal 7.65mm/.32Auto.. Notice safe and fire in French... This one called 'IDEAL' Manufacture code A.G... Here is a list of the Codes for 'Ruby' Type pistols sold to the French....BILL

    A: Gaspar Arizaga, Eibar. No trade name used.
    AA: Azanza y Arrizabalaga, Eibar. "Reims", "Modelo 1916".
    AE: La Armeria Elgoibaresa, Eligobar. "Lusitania".
    AG: Francisco Arizmendi y Goenaga, Eibar. "Ideal", "Roland", "Brunswig".
    AH: Acha Hermanos, Ermunda. Possibly no trade name used. Pistols marked Looking Glass seem to be post WWI.
    AK: Fabrica de Armas Alkartasuna, SA, Guernica. "Alkar". "Kapitan".
    AL: Aldezabal y Leturiondo, Eibar. No trade name used.
    AZ: Arizmendi, Zulacia y Cia, Eibar. "Cebra". Some may be overstamped "Beistegui Hermanos".
    BA: Fca. de Bersaluzze, Areito, Aurena y Cia. "Allies".
    BH: Beistegui Hermanos, Eibar. "1914 Model Automatic Pistol".
    CU: ?
    CZ: ?
    EC: ?
    EU: Esperanza y Unceta, Guernica, "Model 1915 (or 1916), Astra Patent", "Brunswig Model 1916", "Victory".
    GB: Gregorio Bolumburo, Eibar. "Regent", "Regina", "Gloria:.
    GN: Garate, Anitua y Cia, Eibar. "Express", "Danton".
    GU: Gabilondo y Urresti. "Ruby".
    HE: Hijos de A. Echeverria, Eibar. "Vesta" (code may also be marked on slide), "Izarro".
    I: Bonifacio Echeverria, Eibar. "Izarra".
    IG: Isidrio Gatzanaga, Eibar. "Destroyer" (safety behind grip), "Indian".
    IO: La Industria Orbea, Eibar. No trade name used.
    IS: Iraola y Salaverria y Cia. No trade name used.
    JE: Javier Echaniz. "Defender".
    LC: Laplana y Capdevila. Trade names are unknown.
    LH: Lasangabaster Hermanos, Eibar. Possibly "Douglas".
    MB: Fa de Martin A. Bascaran, Eibar. "Martian".
    RG: ?
    RH: Retolaza Hermanos, Eibar. "Liberty", "Paramount", "Stosel", "Titan", "Titanic", "1914 Model Automatic Pistol".
    V. Fabrica De Armas, Durango "Vencedor"
    VB: Victor Bernado y Cia, Eibar. No trade name used. Some have extended barrels.
    VD: ?
    ZC: Zulaica y Compania, Eibar. "1914 Model", "Royal", "Vincitor".
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    Last edited by Bill Grist; 08-30-2011 at 02:07 PM.
    "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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    Very nice Bill. I love your collection.

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    I own a gun that I think belonged to my grandfather. It is a Ruby stamped with the word "SPAIN" on the exterior frame in front of the trigger. I have searched every part for identification marks. I found the letter "V" on the barrel when I pulled back the slide.

    Some sights say "V" stands for "Fabrica De Armas, Durango "Vencedor" while another site says "VD" is their vendor code.





    Did Fabrica De Armas make a "Stosel No 1 Patent" brand line?

    I read the Retolaza Hermanos brothers who had been in business since the 1890's produced a "Stosel" according to Hogg and Weeks in Pistols of the World . That leaves me with the question about the "V" on the barrel.

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    i have a pistol like this the only letters i see on is a sy on the barrel andon the very back of the frame right below the slide and on the left side in the very back right below the slide is a pv

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    I have not seen those French Codes. Now I wonder if the Spanish imported guns to the US after the war, did they continue to use the French Military Supplier codes?

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    hi,,,i think i have a pistol mag for this type of pistol,,,mine has no markings whatsoever,,,can you post a pic of the left and right sides?...many thanks,,,Robert

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    Hello,
    I shot this gun many times in the past.
    The french Admiral Darlan was shot dead with one of these nice Rubys...
    Thanks Bill
    PREUSSENS GLORIA

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Awesome piece anyway...
    jphilip can you explain to us non Frenchmen, who Admiral Darlan was ?
    Thanks in advance... Thanos

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    He was a guy from "the dark side of the Force..."Some French here are still honouring his memory............
    I let JPhilip give you real historical facts..

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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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