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MAB PA-15 Brevete :)

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by bac1023, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. bac1023

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    Well, I just picked up another 9mm that's been on my list for quite a while. Its the French MAB PA-15 Brevete. I've been looking for a while, but couldn't find the right one until now. The bluing looks very nice and it even has the box and papers. I don't think it was fired much at all, as it looks about as new as an old pistol can look.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=152701396



    I ended up paying more than I wanted to because of a very determined bidder at the last minute. :steamed: That said, there was one in this condition on GunsAmerica last year that sold for $850, so I guess it isn't too bad. Still, I was hoping for $545, which would have been awesome. Oh well, I really wanted one in this condition for a while and they don't pop up often, so I just had to have it. There's another on GB with a starting price of $600, but its not nearly as nice.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=153062920



    Here's a couple on GA for $695 and $775 that show a good deal more wear. Prices have climbed on these lately.

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/973524648/Guns/Pistols/Military-Misc-Pistols-Non-US/MAB_Modele_PA_15.htm

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/931708394/Guns/Pistols/MN-Misc-Pistols/MAB_Brevete_9mm.htm#




    Anyway, I've always thought they were beautiful pistols in a unique sort of way. I've never shot one, but have handled one at a show before. The very few I've seen at shows were outrageously priced for the condition they were in.

    I hear they're accurate shooters. I also believe it was the first 9mm pistol to surpass the Hi-Power's 13 round capacity. They were introduced in the mid 1960's, IIRC. The pistol uses a rotary barrel, which is cool.

    I know at least one other member (fnfalman) has a PA-15 here.

    Any thoughts? :dunno:

    I don't own any handguns from France and, as many know, I love collecting 9mms. :hearts:





    I also won this auction a short while back, so I'll have two new to me 9mms shortly. :)

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=150785675

    Slowly but surely, I'm picking up all the 9mms on my list. ;)
     
  2. dnuggett

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    Congrats on your purchase. I see the interest in the MAB.

    I'm curious the thought process on picking up the Star though.....??
     

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    Thanks.

    I like Stars and other Spanish pistols actually. I'd like to get an Astra A100 at some point as well.
     
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    How does that Star shoot, compared to say a 3rd Gen Smith?
     
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    The a100.... made by EAA? Same company that puts out the Witness, right?
     
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    Yes, the Astras are made in Spain though.

    http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg81-e.htm

    Many EAAs, including the Witness, are out of Italy.
     
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    I don't have it yet, but I do like my Star Model B quite a bit.

    I'm not saying they're as good as a 3rd gen S&W, but I do like them.

    I like all the Spanish pistols, Star, Astra, Llama, etc.
     
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    your definately starting off the new year right ..
     
  9. fnfalman

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    Mine has a grey parkerized finish.

    Wait till you disassemble the gun and look at the bolt face's design. You'd be scratching your head and go "WTF, over?"
     
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    Very nice, Bac, the MAB resembles a Hi Power, and the Star looks a lot like my S&W 439.
    I see some of the older MABs around for sale on occasion, but rarely any much later than say, 1950s.

    Im a fan of Star too, I'm sure youve seen this, but heres some interesting info on dating and identifying the Stars.
    http://www.star-firearms.com/firearms/proof.shtml
     
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    I have to say you've stumped me on this one....I have no idea what that is...:dunno:
     
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    Thanks fnfalman.

    I heard the early models were blued and then they went with parkerizing.
     
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    Thanks.

    Yeah, you see a lot of the smaller 32 and 380 MABs, but the full size PA-15s can be hard to come by.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I've never actually seen that site.
     
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    Looks good Bac , Was it only dropped once?;)
     
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    Congrats on the purchase, another great addition to the 9mm collection. :supergrin: The design of the pistol is interesting, I have very seen anything quite like it. It resembles a Browning HP a little, but not much.
     
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    Congrats bac you will need to buy one of those refurbished missile silos to fit all this in at some point.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    Congrats on the new Pistol looks a little like a BHP and somewhat like a SIG. Good luck with it. Like your 9mm collection got most of the classic ones.