Bernardon-Martin 1909 Pistol in a Chinese Museum

Note: I’m slipping! I initially identified this as one of the mystery Chinese pistols, having not recognized it as a Bernardon-Martin. A bunch of folks in the comments did, though, and I have corrected the post.

A reader named Liliang sent me these photos of a pistol from a Chinese museum (the specific museum or its location was not mentioned). It is a Bernardon-Martin model 1909, although the exact details don’t quite fit any of the variation I can find documented.

Chinese pistol
Originally, there would have been markings on the side of the slide, but these have worn off on this example.

 

Chinese pistol
Opposite side. The lever at the front of the trigger guard is to lock the slide open.

 

Chinese pistol
The rear portion of the frame is screwed to the grip – not something often seen. The button at the base of the grip is the magazine release.

 

Chinese pistol
These were chambered for the ubiquitous .32ACP cartridge, along with a smaller pocket model made in .25ACP.

 

Chinese pistol
The lever here at the front of the trigger guard is to lock the slide open.
Chinese pistol
Another odd lever just behind the trigger. The safety is at the back of the grip, but I don’t know what that front one is. Possibly a manual slide release?

 

Chinese pistol
It has clearly been underground on underwater for a while…note the extractor held in place with a screw here.

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