Pics of my new MAB PA-15 Brevete :)

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  1. bac1023

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    I just picked up the French MAB PA-15 I won off Gunbroker a couple weeks back. Its an early model. The early models were blued, while the more common later models were parkerized. Its an interesting design with its rotating barrel. The PA-15 is SAO.

    Introduced in the mid 60's, it was the first 9mm pistol to hold more rounds than the Hi-Power, hence the name.

    I've wanted one of these for my 9mm collection for a looong time now and was waiting for the right one to come along. They're rare guns and even rarer with a blued finish. In this condition, they're almost non-existent. The gun is like brand new right down to the grips. I've got the box and papers as well.

    Anyway, enjoy these pics of a very unique pistol. I really like the way they look, to say the least. They remind me of a Hi-Power, but with a slight exotic flair.


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    Construction is all steel and it weighs 41oz unloaded, so its a big, hefty pistol. I'm very impressed with the trigger and the incredibly high quality feel to the pistol in general.

    The sights on the MAB are small, so its not uncommon to see them with larger aftermarket sights. However this is 100% original, which is just the way I like my stuff.

    Its the first firearm from France that I've ever owned, now that I think about it.

    I know fnfalman has one. Anybody else? Thoughts?
     
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    Thats way cool havnt seen one of them in blue, nice find
     

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    The parkerized one is prettier...
     
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    While the two pistols differ functionally in some ways, the design is similar to that of the Browning Hi-Power, and likewise, so are their appearance. :)



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  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I was thinking about getting an El Paso Saddlery holster for it, but I don't know if I can abide having an American holster for a product made by the cheese eating surrendering monkeys. :)
     
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    Wow! Another beautiful gun. Thanks for the pics and education.

    HR
     
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    Congrats BAC! The French don't have a great track record for quality firearms but that's a pistol I wouldn't mind owning. Nice!!!
     
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    Thanks HiVel.

    Very true, though they did a nice job with the PA-15. :)
     
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    :rofl:
     
  12. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    Damn, they stole the front end of the Hi-Power... Now I got Edith Piaf tryin' to caterwaul in my head.


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    Non, rien de rien. Non, Je ne regrette rien...

     
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    go with the el paso leather, very good for a reasonable price. the monkeys will never know

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    That looks cool bac congratulations.
     
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    carbuncle is not cool.

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    Neat, thanks for posting up what looks like a great example of a gun I had never heard of!
     
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    The Hi-Power was born because of a French inquiry which outlined their desire for a double column 9mm service pistol. Later, when the P35 was finally available, the French turned up their noses at the Belgians and refused to adopt the P35. The french insisted on an indigenous design and thus the MAB was born....many years after. The French arsenals (MAT, MAS and MAB)turned out some excellent designs and I've always been impressed with the quality and workmanship. The MAS 49/56 is one of the most under rated battle rifles ever.
     
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    You're not helping!




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    Very nice Bac :)