MAB Pocket pistols


The Scandinavian
November 19, 2003, 10:46 AM
MAB Pocket pistols


Does anyone know if it is possible to determine the date of manufacture of these firearms from the serial number?

Many thanks


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Jim K
November 24, 2003, 10:47 PM
Just to let you know you are not being ignored; it is just that no one seems to have the answer. There has been little published here about those pistols, though they are well made guns and pretty reliable.

You can try the following for a French firearms forum and someone there might be able to help:


The Scandinavian
November 25, 2003, 01:49 AM
Hi Jim

Thanks for your reply :)

I realised that this was a tough question, I didn't think I was being ignored!

One of the things that interests me about these pistols is that there is very little information available about them online.

As you say, the quality appears to be excellent , and also they must have been produced in significant numbers judging by the numbers available on the used market up here in the Frozen North.

I've been thinking that they would make an interesting subject for a collection :D

Thanks for the link, I will try my question over there...



Jim K
November 29, 2003, 11:06 PM
In the U.S., French arms have been a much neglected area for collecting and research. I suppose there are many reasons, but the fact is that German, British, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, and even Russian weapons are well known, while contemporary French weapons are uncommon.

It can't be from lack of quantity; France has always had a large armed force, with an army second in size only to the German. Whether French weapons were lost/destroyed in war, were destroyed later by the government, or are being kept in storage, the fact is that relatively few have appeared on the surplus market. Another factor is that French military weapons are, to coin a term, "different". They are just not what Americans want in terms of sporting rifles, so they are curiosities, of interest only to the few who collect French arms or who want them to fill out a general military collection.

Even French commercial arms are rare in the U.S. Only Manufacture d'Armes d'Pyrenees in Hendaye exported significant quantities of pistols to the U.S. Most MAB guns sold here were police surplus, most from countries other than France itself. Manurhin made thousands of pistols, but most of those were sold under the Walther name, and the French source concealed.

Maybe it also has to do with the often prickly relationship between the U.S. and France. Perhaps Americans, given a choice, would prefer to buy arms made by a known enemy, China, than by a sometime "friend" like France.


May 22, 2005, 06:05 AM

rust collector
May 22, 2005, 10:26 PM
I had a MAB model D which I picked up in the eighties for $79 or so. It had been rearsenalled, had the hokey plastic thumbrest grips, and rudimentary sights. Machining was not great and that plus the 32 auto chambering turned it into trading stock. Was a reliable pistol, however.

I have never seen a date reference for these pistols.

June 1, 2005, 02:59 PM
Two places you could ask the same questions are ( ) and ( ) they both have a FRENCH GUN section.

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