posted on Mar, 30 2017 @ 07:18 AM
Years ago after my grandfather died, my grandmother handed me a brown paper bag and said "here take this" as she shoved at me. She was obviously
nervous to have such a thing in her possession and eager to get rid of it. Inside the bag, wrapped in an old handkerchief, was a little pocket pistol.
I had never seen it before and never heard of the brand either.
A Bayard 1908. Chambered in 7.65mm. Made in Belgium.
Manufactured by Acniens Etablissements Pieper or A.E.P, this model is called the 1908 but didn't show up until late 1909 or early 1910. It was
produced in 3 different calibers, 6.35, 7.65, and 9mm. It is unique in that the barrel is beneath the return spring.
In 1914 Belgium was under German occupation and the Pieper factory was used in the production of rifles and ammunition for the Germans. Production of
the pistol continued but now they had the added German proof marks along with the Belgium ones. I am not sure if mine is pre or post German
occupation. If anyone knows about proof marks please let me know. (pictures of proof marks will be below). I have read that if it has the German
Imperial Eagle, it is worth more and also all of the German ones were in 7.65, which this one is. I have been able to deduce that this is a second
variant pistol though. It has 2 screws for the grip panel where as the 1st variant only has one.
This thing is tiny. I can completely cover it up with my hand.
Here is a comparison to a full size 1911. Also interesting that these guns were designed at the same time. (though my 1911 is a modern iteration)
Here is a picture of the proof marks:
A very interesting pistol to say the least. The manufacturing quality is superb. The engineering design is also very interesting and clever. With the
barrel below the recoil spring and tube, this lowers the barrel in the hand reducing the recoil impulse. But that creates other issues such as the way
the hammer and sear interact.
If anyone has any info on this I would welcome it. Hope you all enjoyed a look at this little beauty.
edit on 30-3-2017 by FauxMulder because: (no reason given)