French Unique D’armes Des Pyrenees Francaise DES/69 (DES69) Standard U.I.T., Blue & Phosphate 5.91″ Semi-Automatic Olympic Competition Pistol & Box

SOLD FOR” $956.01

Make: French, Manufacture D’armes Des Pyrenees Francaise Armes “Unique”

Model: DES/69 Standard U.I.T.

Serial Number: 760870

Year of Manufacture: 1980’s

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle

Action Type: Semi Automatic Pistol with detachable magazine

Markings: The right side of the pistol is marked “Manufacture d’armes / 64 Hendaye / UNIQUE / 760870”. The barrel is marked “SOLERSPORT – SEATTLE” and “CAL. 22 L.R. – Made in France”. The left side of the slide is marked “PISTOLET OLYMPIQUE Standard U.I.T / MODELE “DES-69”. The muzzle weight is marked “Unique”. There are a few competition stickers on the pistol including US Shooting team Barcelona 1992, 32nd International Shooting Championship 1992, NRA 28th international shooting championship 1988, and a Unique France Factory Sticker. The magazines are marked “UNIQUE”

Barrel Length: 5.91” / 150mm

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed blade on a raised ramp. The rear sight is a click-stop adjustable for windage and elevation. The sight radius is 8.66”.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are factory French walnut with thumb-rest and adjustable hand-rest. There is no checkering but a stippled pattern. There is a little dirt buildup in the stippling form normal handling. With the adjustments to the trigger and rest this grip shape should adjust to fit most shooters. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition. Some may discount the grips because of the discoloration in the stippling, please view our pictures

Type of Finish: Blue Barrel, Phosphate Slide and Frame

Finish Originality: Factory Original

Bore Condition: The bore is Bight and the rifling is Sharp. There is No erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its Visible metal finish. The balance to the finish is lost to the moving parts from normal operation, mostly to the hidden underside of the barrel. There is no erosion or frosting to the finish. We do not know what the finish looks like under the stickers, we don’t know if this has affected the finish. It would be a shame to remove them, they tell the story of this pistol after all. The gun was used and well cared for as a precision tool and not abused by the previous owner. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine – Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The Dry Firing Mechanism works (please see instructions on how to use this properly it is not automatic). We did not fire this handgun.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The original factory hard case with instructions, flyers, warranty cards, patch, and sticker, along with extra magazines. There are 4 factory marked magazines. All show signs of use, but again, no abuse with very little fouling on the followers. The foam in the case is a little old, but still intact and not crumbling yet. The instructions have some light wear.

Our Assessment: from what I can tell this is one of the most proven pistols for competitive Standard target matches. Standard Catalog of Pistols documented 12 successive years in the 70’s and 80’s where this pistol was used by one or more of the competitors in each match and the French national pistol champion holding this gun (not THIS gun, but this model). There are also numerous championships in the USA that were dominated by this pistol. Nygord Custom was also known to import these into the US to meet the demand for this pistol here in the states. This Pistol has a great reputation and will always be a competitor on the range and should never be taken lightly. If you are looking for a competition target pistol this is for you, there are few that compete at this level.

French Unique D’armes Des Pyrenees Francaise DES/69 (DES69) Standard U.I.T., Blue & Phosphate 5.91" Semi-Automatic Olympic Competition Pistol & Box
French Unique D’armes Des Pyrenees Francaise DES/69 (DES69) Standard U.I.T., Blue & Phosphate 5.91″ Semi-Automatic Olympic Competition Pistol & Box