SOLD FOR: $1104
Make: Société Alsacienne de Constructions Mécaniques (SACM) during German occupation of France
Model: 1935 A, Pistole 625 (f)
Serial Number: B8006A
Year of Manufacture: 1941-1944
Caliber: 7.65×20mm Longue
Action Type: Single Action Semi Automatic Pistol
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked with “Mle 1935_A”, a German Eagle over “WaA251” Waffenamt code, the serial number, “B8006A”, and “S.A.C.M.”.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is post on a base dovetailed into the slide. The rear sight is a square-notch that is integral to the slide.
Stock Configuration, and Condition: The grips are two-piece black checkered hard rubber with smooth borders. The smooth borders have intermittent light nicks and scuffs and there are a few spots where the checkering is worn down. Otherwise the checkering is well-defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rates in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Black Enamel over Parkerized Gray Undercoat
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is quite bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 88% of its metal finish. The slide has scattered minor nicks most notable along the top and light thinning on some edges. The frame has light thinning on some edges along with light nicks and scuffs. Screws have moderate tool marks with usable slots and markings are generally clear. Overall, this pistol rates in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This M1935A will ship with one (1) 8-round magazine.
Our Assessment: Designed in the late 1930s by Charles Petter, a former French Foreign Legion captain and SACM engineer, the 1935A was brought to production after competing in trials set forth by the Commission d’Experiences Techniques de Versailles, and by 1939 was being delivered to the French Army. The pistol was ultimately in production from 1937 to 1950. This particular example was produced during the German occupation of France, likely between 1941 and 1944, and bears a German Eagle over “WaA251” Waffenamt code. It’s fascinating to consider that while many local officials made peace with their German occupiers, others fled and kept fighting, and more than likely were at the wrong end of weapons crafted by their French brothers and sisters. WWII weapon history is dense, and there is no end to fascinating stories such as the story of the 1935A. Good luck and happy bidding on this interesting pistol.