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ca. 1905 c96 broomhandle. interesting marks

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:13 pm
by dynachrome
Well, I took a flyer on this at the local gunshop.
No import mark.
All matching including last 3 digits underneath the grips.
5 digit serial # ties to about 1905, so a pre war commercial. Possibly used in WW1 sometime?
Ulm proof marks.
no stock, case or holster.
On top of the barrel is marked "Manufacture Francais d'armes et cycles St. Etienne" which seems to be a mail order sporting goods store. (they sold the Hirondelle bicycle)
Link: https://manufrance.wordpress.com/1-manu ... t-etienne/

Any info would be appreciated, as there does not seem to be any info on how many of these were marked and sold in France.

(can't seem to input pictures, no matter what size?)

Re: ca. 1905 c96 broomhandle. interesting marks

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:06 pm
by indy1919a4
Here are some other guns they sold under their name

http://www.phoenixinvestmentarms.com/Hi ... nch9mm.htm

http://www.littlegun.info/arme%20franca ... o%20fr.htm

attached a few pages of their catalog.. the sad news is your Broomhandle is pictured on the other page from the Luger..

Re: ca. 1905 c96 broomhandle. interesting marks

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:12 pm
by indy1919a4

Re: ca. 1905 c96 broomhandle. interesting marks

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:23 pm
by dynachrome
Thanks! Heck, I bought the dang thing before I even noticed the French marking on the barrel. I guess now I will have to try and scavenge an original stock/holster for a reasonable price. Not likely as originals go for near what I paid for the gun.

Re: ca. 1905 c96 broomhandle. interesting marks

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:29 am
by indy1919a4
Well I tell you this "little" catalog company is getting to be one Hell of an operation... 1st this this is not a company like SEARS, it is a large manufacturing
empire that has been making firearms since Napoleon. In fact they did for years "Manufacture d'armes de Saint-√Čtienne" uses the initials MAS which we all know and love.. They seem to have either manufactured the items in their catalogs or at least put their mark on their items...

There is not a lot of ready info on them.. this is an interesting find