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Hello,

I recently got in hands a WaA251 marked MAB D #59250.
I found on internet some pics of another german marked MAB D #69296.
Both, 1st type with underside of slide lever-lock and lanyard loop.
OK.

But, today, I found a third MAB D #66531. No nazi marking and it's a 2nd type : no underside of slide lock and no lanyard loop. All matching numbers.

How is it possible..? Is it a commercial model made under german occupation..? Why doesn't it have the underside of slide lock? The known date for suppression of this lock is july 1945...

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MAB D mysteries

According to published sources, there is no real post war serial rationality.....I do not know what they were doing, except that it seems certain contracts had their own serials, and some were re-numbered by milling out the original and restamping, just like the Unique Pistols of the same era.....

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The reason is quite simple, during the german occupation, the data have not been correctly classified, partially lost... So the management decided in 1945 to re-began to number the weapons. Pre-war pistols and post-war pistols can have the same serial numbers. One last thing add to the confusion : the serial numbers for the MAB D (and some other models) don't begin with number one. In 1933, it began with the serial number 10500 for the .380 model and 10730 for the .32 model. Before the war, these serial numbers were common with the model C, but it is not the case after the war. I don't know from which number they re-began in 1945. In june 1945, the D models were circa 103400, and the C models had a special serial (56000 something with a C letter at the end). In september 1948, the D models were circa 77300 and the C models circa 3400. In march 1950, the D models were circa 79200 and the C models were circa 7100. In 1954 : 122000 and 23000, in 1956 : 327000 and 318000 (!) At least for the C model, serial numbers have made a huge jump between 1954 and 1955 : 24600 in october 1954, 310400 in may 1955.
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