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MAB Mle D

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    France

  • NICKNAMES
    Modèle D
    MAB D

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1930's

  • DESIGNER
    Manufacture d'Armes de Bayonne (MAB)

  • PRODUCTION
    1933 - 1967

  • PRODUCERS
    France - MAB

  • QUANTITY
    Well over 50.000 produced.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged design
    Limited firepower

Introduction

The Mle D is a pre World War 2 era pistol of French origin. It was developed in the 1930's for police and military use. The official name is Modèle D, but this is often abbreviated to Mle D or MAB D.

Design

The design of the Mle D is based on the earlier civilian Mle C. The Mle C is in turn inspired on the FN model 1910/22. The Mle D is a long and thin pistol made out of metal. It has plastic grip plates, is available in two calibers and uses single stack magazines.

Firepower

The Mle D is a single action semi-automatic pistol. It fires the 7.65mm Browning from a 9 round magazine or the .380 ACP from a 7 round magazine.

Users

The Modèle D was adopted by the French military and law enforcement before World War 2. During the war it was produced for Nazi Germany. After the war it remained in wide use throughout various French agencies, although revolvers remained more popular. It was also exported to several nations with close ties to France. Additionally it was sold on the civilian market.

Variants

Mle D

The Mle D is a semi-automatic pistol available in 7.65mm Browning and .380 ACP. The design is derived from the Mle C, which in turn is inspired on the FN 1910/22.

Modèle D, Type I: Original production model with external muzzle bushing release latch in front of the trigger guard. Produced from 1933 to 1945.
Modèle D, Type II: Improved version with internal bayonet type release requiring pushing in and turning the muzzle bushing. Produced from 1945 to 1967.

TypePistol
Caliber7.65x17mm Browning
Magazine9 rounds
OperationBlowback operated, single action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length101 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity213 m/s
Stock-
Length178 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.76 kg
SightsIron sights, fixed
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.380 ACP
Magazine7 rounds
OperationBlowback operated, single action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length101 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length178 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.76 kg
SightsIron sights, fixed
Remarks-

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