Object Title

Centrefire self-loading military pistol - SACM Model 1935.A

Centrefire self-loading military pistol - SACM Model 1935.A


made 1938

Object Number



Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

The Model 1935 A is a 7 shot self-loading pistol chambered for the 7.65 mm Longue cartridge. It was developed by the Swiss Charles Petter (a former captain of French Foreign Legion), engineer of the French company Société Alsacienne de Constructions Mécaniques (SACM) and used by the French Army in several wars. This example has an exposed hammer

Petter designed a pistol which had some of the same design elements as the John Browning M1911 such as the grooved slide and barrel which interlocked and recoiled together until a pivoting link lowered the barrel, thus unlocking the assembly and further rearward movement of the barrel and slide together, which after reaching the point of greatest movement would be returned to battery. Along the way the slide would strip a cartridge from the magazine and push it into the chamber just prior to the under barrel link forcing the barrel up into engagement with the slide, locking the action. Petter eliminated the barrel bushing and used a full length spring guide which had the effect of removing one of the elements of inaccuracy from the M1911 design and increased functional reliability.

In production from 1937 to 1956 with around 84,000 units being built.





BarrelLength4.3 in
BarrelLength108 mm
OverallLength200 mm
OverallWeight0.75 kg


Serial Number A 2163


7.65 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

manufacturers legend
MLE_1935_A / S.A.C.M.
left side of frame



Production data indicates this pistol was shipped in 1938 to the Parc Regional du Material a Bourges.