Firearms / Pistols / SACM Mle 35

SACM Mle 35

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    France

  • NICKNAMES
    Pistole 625(f) (Nazi German designation for Mle 1935A)

  • DESIGNED
    1935 - 1937

  • DESIGNER
    Charles Petter (for SACM)

  • PRODUCTION
    1937 - 1956 (Mle 1935S)
    1938 - 1950 (Mle 1935A)

  • PRODUCERS
    France - MAC (Mle 1935S)
    France - MAS (Mle 1935S)
    France - ManuFrance (Mle 1935S)
    France - SACM (Mle 1935A)
    France - SAGEM (Mle 1935S)

  • QUANTITY
    84.950 Mle 1935A
    82.773 Mle 1935S

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Limited firepower
    Low magazine capacity

Introduction

The Mle 35 is a pistol of French origin. It was developed in the mid-1930's for a French army requirement. The SACM Mle 1935A was selected for service but the competing MAS Mle 1935S was pressed into service as well. A roughly equal number of both guns have been produced.

Design

The Mle 1935A and Mle 1935S are roughly equal in design as both are based on the M1911. They are semi-automatic pistols that use the Browning/Petter design for locking. The pistols are made out of metal and feature plastic grip plates. A single stack 8 round magazine is used.

Firepower

The Mle 35 is a single action semi-automatic pistol. It fires the French 7.65x19.5mm Longue round from an 8 round magazine. The accuracy was reportedly very good and it was deemed effective out to 50 meters.

Users

The Mle 35 was extensively used during World War 2 by both French and German forces. After the war it remained in French service and ended up with many ex-French colonies. In the French military it was replaced by the Mle 50 in the 1960's and the police used it until the 1980's. Nowadays the Mle 35 is considered obsolete.

Variants

Mle 1935A

The Mle 1935A was the design that was chosen over the Mle 1935S. It has a longer barrel and slide than the Mle 1935S and looks similar to the SIG P210, which was developed later by the same designer.

TypePistol
Caliber7.65x19.5mm Longue
Magazine8 round magazine
Operation?
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length109 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity345 m/s
Stock-
Length193 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.74 kg loaded
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

Mle 1935S

The Mle 1935S lost out to the Mle 1935A and was not to be produced at first. It differs from the Mle 1935A in being shorter and using a slightly different locking method.

Mle 35S: Original production model of the Mle 1935S.
Mle 35S M1: Mle 35S with modified safety produced since 1947.

TypePistol
Caliber7.65x19.5mm Longue
Magazine8 round magazine
Operation?
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length105 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity345 m/s
Stock-
Length188 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.658 kg empty, 0.79 kg loaded
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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