Went back to the gun shop today to check out this pistol tagged "French 9mm- used by French in Vietnam- Vet Bringback".....ok, here's the
short story...saw this gun a few days ago, thought it might be something unique so I went back today. Asked to see this gun, a very nice Colt Police Positive
.38 Special, and a Webley .455. The French MAB was priced higher than I remembered it at $595, and the Colt was a more reasonable $275. I put the Webley aside,
didn't want to pay the $550 for a neat but another gun in an odd caliber.
I originally was going to buy the Colt, and put a few bucks on the French and come back for it after pay day. I asked the owner to find some flex on the prices, and he came back with $525 for the Frenchie and $225 for the Colt. After a minute of thought, I decided to just buy the MAB outright and let the Colt go, possibly for another day. If it's there in maybe a few months when I return, I may go look for it. Police Positives are everywhere in my area, probably because they were bought back in the 60's-70's as reliable .38's for around the farm or property, and are being sold off now as just "grandpa's old revolver".
Anyway, the MAB has "Made in France" stamped on the slide so I kinda called BS on the owner's claim of "Vet Bringback" and he told me "that's what the guy who sold it to me said, and he's not here to back it up so we'll just go with what he told me". I went there looking for a "MAC 50" but instead found this "MAB PA-15". I have no idea where it came from, when it was made or if it's French commercial, military or police. I did my best to disregard any of the "bringback" stuff, and given my lack of knowledge of French pistols tried to focus purely on the gun, it's condition and "cool" factor. It's a very solid 9mm in great condition. It still has cosmo here and there in the crevices, and although it had wear in the slide channel it does not seem to have been used and abused. Bluing is nearly perfect, and from me shooting about 50 rounds through it today, I started a wear line where the frame rubs on the outside of the slide near the muzzle. The gun appears hardly broken in.
I was able to punish a target from 20 yards with a mix of S&B and Blazer 115 gr and Fiocchi 147 gr. My skill with a pistol are kinda rusty, so I missed the head to the left with a few rounds but this pistol is dead accurate and reliable with all the ammo I fed it. The slide is heavy so felt recoil is almost nothing, even with hot Fiocchi and Blazer. This piece reminds me of my CZ-75 or a Browning Hi-Power in it's overall function and feel. I might even go so far to say I like it better than my beloved CZ-75.......well, maybe not...I love my CZ! I already want another one of these MAB 9mm's and I'm not even sure what they are, I think a cheaper, more well used but solid example would be awesome so I could take it out and blast it as much as I do with my SA 1911A1 and CA...I just recently shook off the OCD-like obession I had with putting wear marks on new-condition military pistols, usually opting for more holster worn pistols..but hey, you can't take them with you so might as well shoot em!
Anybody have any ideas as to what this is exactly? I haven't found much on the internet about it.