Standard configuration Type Armee, Model 1928, with 5” finned barrel having fixed front and rear sight. Unique flip barrel. Double action only mechanism with correct magazine made to hold spare cartridge at the base. Top of slide marked “Le Francais” in a small oval. Model notation “Type Armee” on the left side of the slide with manufacturer “MANUFACTURE FRANCAISE D-ARMES ET CYCLES DE SAINT-ETIENNE”. Major parts rust blued with beautifully case hardened trigger and release lever. European walnut checkered panels whose inserted discs retain the internally securing parts. Magazine with release at base numbered “6293” having seven indicator holes and spring loaded sleeve for spare cartridge.
Scarce, massive and charismatic Le Francais 1928 Type Armee with finned barrel and correct “spare cartridge” magazine.
At least 98% bright original rust blue, with minimal evidence of use, scratch on top of barrel, minimal sharp edge wear in usual locations. Comparable condition case hardening. Generally excellent grips. VG+ magazine with insertional wear as photographed. Mirror bright bore. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the most impressive and scarce large caliber pistols to have been tested by the French military.