MAB semi-automatic pistol

MAB semi-automatic pistol model D, to 1946-47

© National Museum of the Navy / A. Fux

Tan and plastic (grip plates)

for the pistol and the chargers; brass and copper (balls);

tinplate and synthetic material (brush);

paper (notice); box (box), weapons factory of Bayonne

Don VAE Ausseur. Inv. 2012.104.1

This model, developed in 1933 and realized on the model of the Browning Mle 1910 / 22, equiped both the army and the public services. A wired anchor distinguished the Marine model.
This gift is interesting in two ways.

On the one hand, the museum was rather poor in French armaments in the second half of the 20th century. Model D thus enriches the collection of personal handguns of post-war naval officers.
On the other hand, the weapon, in very good condition, is complete in its original box with explanatory notice, chargers, cleaning brush and ammunition (balls of 7,65 mm).

The donor had a brilliant career. Born in 1923, Philippe Ausseur served in Indochina (1947-49) and was decorated with the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre (TOE) for acts of war. It was at the end of the specialty course of the Ecole des Transmissions, in 1950, that he received the pistol, as a prize.
He was a member of the General Staff of General De Gaulle (1967-69). Promoted to Vice Admiral of Wing in 1981, he was appointed member of the Superior Council of the Navy.

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