Sold For: $4,235
Make: Manufacture d’armes de Châtellerault
Model: Modele 1950
Serial Number: C 3975
Year of Manufacture: 1953-1960 (Production of the Modele 1950 began in 1953. Batches of 9999 were given letter designations. This pistol, being a “C” prefix would have been one of the 1st 30,000 made.)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “MAC”. The right side of the slide is marked “MODELE 1950 / CAL. 9mm”. The right side of the frame is marked “C 3975”.
Barrel Length: 4 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small serrated ramped blade fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a “U” notch in a raised boss integral to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece serrated black synthetic panels. The grips show scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a small loss at the bottom-rear corner of the right panel. There are no cracks. Overall the grips are in about Good-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is well defined. There is light erosion throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 60% of its metal finish. The finish exhibits general thinning with a drift toward a greenish patina. Most edges are worn to white. There are scattered lgiht nicks, scratches and scuffs. The action shows operational wear and the controls show handling wear. The screw heads range from tool marked with strong slots to lightly disfigured with a useable slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and features a magazine disconnect safety and a slide mounted thumb safety. We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The pistol comes with a tan leather flap holster and a total of two 9-round magazines. The holster shows scattered minor wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition. The magazines show operational wear, some minor surface oxidation, intact feed lips and strong springs, in about Good-plus condition.
Our Assessment: The MAC Modele 1950 replaced the MAC Modelo 1935 as the French military sidearm. Following their liberation and the end of WWII, French sidearms were a mess with three different domestic models, lend-lease 1911s, and German P38 and P08 pistols all in inventory, chambered for three different cartridges! The 1950 was an attempt to simplify the sidearm situation, having one pistol to replace all of the others. The model is chambered in 9mm Parabellum and is equipped with 9 round magazines. Comparatively few of these pistols are available and collectors watch for them. This one is in Good-plus condition, retaining about 60% of its original finish and comes with a holster. It should make a nice addition to a French or Cold-War era sidearm collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.