SOLD FOR: $1,031.32
Make: Manufacture d’armes de Châtellerault
Model: Modele 1950
Serial Number: A 8692
Year of Manufacture: 1953-1954 (Production of the Modele 1950 began in 1953. Batches of 9999 were given letter designations. This pistol, being an “A” designate would have been one of the 1st 10,000 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 “FRANCE” and A 8692”. The letter is a factory stamp, the numerals are likely an addition by the importer to comply with the 1968 GCA.
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 two piece grooved plastic grips exhibit numerous handling marks. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is sharp. There is shallow erosion in 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. Bare metal is exposed along the edges of the frame and slide with a couple abrasions in the finish visible on the top of the slide. Handling marks are visible on the front of the grip frame. The screw heads are significantly distressed and the top screw on the right grip panel is a replacement. The markings are Clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and features a magazine disconnect safety and a slide mounted cross bolt 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 is equipped with one 9 round magazine in Very Good condition. The pistol is housed in a web flap holster on a hooked canvas duty belt. The holster is khaki in color as opposed to the green color of the belt. Both are in Very Good condition and not original to the gun.
Our Assessment: The MAC Modele 1950 replaced the MAC Modelo 1935 as the French military sidearm. The 1950 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 Very Good condition, retaining about 60% of its original finish.