MAS Mle 35S



Overview


Mle 1935S

Right side view of Mle 1935S pistol.
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Origin
France
Type
Pistol
Entered service
1939
Status
Obsolete
Development
1935
Developer
France
Production
1938 - 1939 (1.404 by MAS)
1944 (6.686 by MAS)
1945 - 1953 (SAGEM)
1944 - 1945 (ManuFrance)
1946 - 1956 (56.087 by MAC)
Producer
France - MAC (main producer)
France - MAS
France - ManuFrance
France - SAGEM
Number produced
82.773
Designations
Pistolet automatique modèle 1935S
Notable users
France

Description


Introduction

The Mle 35S is a pre-World War 2 pistol of French origin. It was developed to meet a French military requirement in the mid 1930's. The Mle 35S lost out to the Mle 35A during the competition running from 1935 to 1937. Production was ordered nonetheless to alleviate in shortages in pistols in towards World War 2.

Design

The Mle 35S looks somewhat similar to the Mle 35A since both pistols are inspired by John Browning's M1911 design. The Mle 35S remains closer to the Browning design as it retains the locking system and recoil spring design. It is an all metal pistol with single stack magazine and plastic grip plates.

Firepower

The Mle 35S is a single action semi-automatic pistol. It fires the French 7.65x19.5mm Longue round from an 8 round single stack magazine. The accuracy is slightly less than the Mle 35A, but practical effectiveness is similar.

Users

The Mle 35S was produced in very limited numbers before the start of World War 2. Unlike the Mle 35A the Mle 35S was not produced during Nazi German occupation. The vast majority of Mle 35A were produced after World War 2 to equip the French military and various law enforcement organizations.

Variants

Mle 1935S
Initial production variant, less than 20.000 produced.
Mle 1935S M1
1947 production model with safety functioning in similar direction as Mle 35A.

Details


Facts Mle 35S
General
Origin
France
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
7.65x19.5mm Longue
Feed system
8 round detachable magazine
Barrel length
105 mm
Rifling
Right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
345 m/s
Operation
Action
Short recoil, locked breech
Locking
Browning style
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Trigger type
Single action
Dimensions
Length
188 mm
Weight
0.658 kg empty
0.79 kg loaded
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights, fixed
Sight radius
164 mm

Media


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