WW1 French "Ruby" Pistol (VB) 32acp
With the advent of WW1, the French Government found itself short of sidearms for its army. They looked to other makers for weapons and purchased large quantities of these pistols from various makers in Spain. Essentially a copy of the 1903 Browning design, these simple pistols spent many years in service with the French. This example was surplused by the French in the late 1940's and sold here in the US. The numbers all match on this one, (Except Magazine) and the bluing is rather nice for a pistol that saw service in two world wars. It shows some holster wear and some thining of the bluing in the grip strap areas, but displays very well. The bore is bright and sharp, but does show a little bit of old rust pitting in a few areas. Nothing serious and it is still very shootable.