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MAB PA-15

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    France

  • NICKNAMES
    Pistolet Automatique de Précision F-1 / PAP F-1 (PA-15 Target in French service)

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1960's

  • DESIGNER
    MAB

  • PRODUCTION
    1966 - 1968 (P-8) 1966 - 1982 (PA-15)

  • PRODUCERS
    France - MAB

  • QUANTITY
    About 100.000 produced.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Large magazine capacity
    Limited recoil due to weight and design
    Bulky grip and very heavy

Introduction

The PA-15 is a late Cold War era pistol of French origin. It was developed by MAB in the 1960's as a private venture. The name PA-15 stands for Pistolet Automatique 15, which translates to automatic pistol and 15 refers to the magazine size. It was the first pistol to have a 15 round magazine within the pistol grip, improving the 13 round record set by the famous Browning High Power. Despite its capabilities sales were limited.

Design

The PA-15 is a delayed blowback operated single action pistol with rotating barrel. The PA-15 is an all metal pistol with exception of the plastic grip plates. It has both a frame mounted and magazine safety. The double stack magazine makes the grip rather bulky and the weapon is quite heavy compared to other pistols with similar characteristics.

Firepower

The PA-15 is a semi-automatic pistol which fires the 9x19mm round from a 15 round magazine. Extended 20 round magazines were produced in limited quantities. The effective range is a few dozen meters. The target pistol with longer barrel is capable of better accuracy.

Users

Since a 9x19mm pistol could not be sold to French civilians and military purchases were limited the PA-15 was produced predominantly for export sales, including civilian, law enforcement and military sales.

Variants

PA-15

PA-15: Standard PA-15 pistol with 15 round magazine. Also known as P-15S or PA-15 Standard.
P-8: PA-15 pistol with single stack 8 round magazine. Introduced in 1966 alongside the PA-15 and produced in limited quantities.
PA-15 Competition / P-15 F1: PA-15 target pistol with 150mm long barrel and longer slide. Adopted in limited numbers by the French forces as the Pistolet Automatique de Précision Modèle F1 or PAP F-1 for short, which translates to precision automatic pistol, model F1.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 20 rounds
OperationDelayed blowback
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity350 m/s
Stock-
Length203 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.09 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 20 rounds
OperationDelayed blowback
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length150mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity366 m/s
Stock-
Length245 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.17 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and adjustable rear
Remarks-

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