French M1935 Pistols

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The models 1935A and 1935S are two separate pistols, both designed in response to a 1935 French military competition, and were intended to become the standard French military sidearm. Unfortunately, production, which began in 1937, was inadequate to meet military needs as WWII began in Europe in 1939. During the German occupation of France the 1935A was kept in production by the German army for use by its forces (the second 1935A image is of a German occupation pistol), while production of the 1935S ceased until the liberation of France in 1944. During the post-war years, these were the official French military sidearms, although extensively supplemented by other pistols (MAB Model Ds, Unique Model R, and surplus WWII Allied and Axis sidearms) until production was sufficient to meet French needs. These pistols were not completely replaced by the model 1950 in French military use until about 1970, and also saw extensive service with the Gendarmerie. The 1935A was the design basis for the Swiss 9mm SIG P210, and the 1935S was the design basis for the 9mm French model 1950 (aka MAC Mle 1950).

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SACM M1935A

Specifications

French SACM M1935A Pistol - 7.65 MAS/7.65 x 22mm Longue
SACM Model 1935A Pistol - 7.65 MAS/.32 ACP Long

Type: Pistol

Caliber: 7.65 MAS/ .32 ACP Long

Capacity: 8 Rounds

Length: 194mm

Barrel Length: 110mm

Weight: 670 grams empty / 815 grams loaded

Operation: Semiautomatic Pistol. Browning Swinging Toggle Link Action.

Produced: Designed by Charles Petter, manufactured by Societe Alsacienne de Constructions Mecaniques (SACM) 1937-1950

The SACM M1935A and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
OSS 117 - Double Agent (Niente rose per OSS 117) John Gavin Hubert Bonisseur alias OSS 117 1968
OSS 117 - Double Agent (Niente rose per OSS 117) Guido Alberti Faruk Melik 1968
OSS 117 - Double Agent (Niente rose per OSS 117) Giovanni Pallavicino Assassin 1968
OSS 117 - Double Agent (Niente rose per OSS 117) Emilio Messina Assassin 1968
The Assassination (Atentát) Rudolf Jelínek Sgt. Ota Strnad 1969
Army of Shadows Jean-Pierre Cassel Jean-François Jardie 1969
How I Unleashed World War II Joanna Jedryka Teresa 1970
The Conspiracy (Le complot) Michel Duchaussoy Leblanc 1973
Gabriele Tinti Inspector Moret
Police detectives
Sadsacks Go to War (Les Bidasses s'en vont en guerre) Jacques Seiler Sgt. Bellec 1974
Dirty Hands (Les innocents aux mains sales) Paolo Giusti Jeff Marle 1975
Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff Philippe Léotard Inspector Marec 1977
The Dogs of War Jean-François Stévenin Michel 1981
The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes Dominique Briand "The Brain"'s lieutenant 1982
The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes "The Brain"'s henchmen 1982
The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes Catherine Serre Christine Roncourt 1982
Days of Glory Colonial Tirailleur 2006

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2001-2012


MAS M1935S

Specifications

French MAS M1935S - 7.65 MAS/.32 ACP Long
French MAS M1935S - 7.65 MAS/7.65 x 22mm Longue

Type: Pistol

Caliber: 7.65 MAS/ .32 ACP Long

Capacity: 8 Rounds

Length: 188mm

Barrel Length: 106mm

Weight: 770 grams empty / 915 grams loaded

Operation: Semiautomatic Pistol. Browning Swinging Toggle Link Action.

Produced: Designed by Manufacture National d'Armes de Saint Etienne (MAS), manufactured by MAS 1939-1940, 1944; Manu-France (MF) 1944-1945; Maunfacture Nationale d'Armes de Chatellerault (MAC) 1945-1956; Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle (MAT) 1945-1956; Societe d'Applications Generales d'Electrique et de Mecanique (SAGEM)1945-1951.






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