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This a restored and updated posting !

The Belgian A.E.P. firm ( Anciens Etablissements Pieper, Herstal )purchased in 1907 the manufacturing rights for this pistol from the German Bergmann Industriewerke ( Theodor Bergmann ) and called it the Bayard Model 1908 ( Cal. 9mm Bergmann Bayard ).
In 1910 this pistol was adopted by the Danish Army as the Model 1910. The Army purchased a quantity of 4840.Upon the delivery, the Army applied their own serial numbers on the right side of the frame.

In the period of 1922 to 1935 the Danish Army produced 2204 ( 900 ? ) pistols more with slight modifications in the Haerns Rustkammer or Haerens Tojhus and called it the Model 1910/21.
The 4840 A.E.P. manufactured pistols were modified and stamped 1910/22.

After the German occupation in 1940 these pistols were inspected by the Heereswaffenamt. Some of them were reworked and stamped with an additional Danish !! Crown/DK or Crown 41, 42 or 43 stamp. After 1943 very few are stamped with the E/WaA C6 acceptance stamp.

The German designation for the pistol was P.644(d). See page 48 of the "Kennblätter fremden Geräts" Vol. 1, 20.3.41, Oberkommando des Heeres --Waffenamt.

WaA accepted Bayards registered in my file:

# 5972 Danish Army # 1233
# 6349 Danish Army # 1279
# 6727 Danish Army # 873
# 7223 Danish Army # 1881
# 7735 Danish Army # 1423
# 8170 Danish Army # 1821
# 9807 Danish Army # 2323
# 9929 Danish Army # 2282
# 17710 Danish Army # 4761
# 17714 Danish Army # 4624

Pictured here is SN 9807 ( Danish SN 2323 ).

Shown is also an original package of cartridges in Cal.
9 mm Bergmann Bayard.
Please note that the package has become a sticker.


Fritz
 

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Fritz, Jan - Mine has SN 10004, (Danish SN 3820) and also lacks German acceptance marks. However, mine does have a very small "crown" proof stamped upside down on the right side of the frame just forward of the magazine release. Looks very much like the WWI Imperial German "bug" proof on my Mauser M1914. Any ideas? (Sorry, no pictures - no camera!)
 

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Fritz, Jan
Thanks for your excellent photographs. The waffen stamp may appear to be a E/WaA66 but close examination of several of these pistols indicates that it is in fact an E/WaAC6(Axis Pistols, WWII edition page 317, 355 and 357).
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Fritz said "Less then 15 A.E.P. WaA accepted Bayards are known today."
Do you know the serial numbers of the 15 WaA accepted Bayards and which are in Europe and which are in the US.
Thanks
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Hi Jan,

I'm collecting since 30 years. In this very long period I only saw two AEP WaA by myself here in Germany.
Mine is AEP # 9807 - Danisch Army # 2323
and in an auction catalogue
...... AEP # 7735 - DA # 1423
( the only rig observed with accepted holster, I believe ).

Note the pics from the catalogue
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The other serial numbers are from American books (Whittington, Still).

AEP - Danish Army
# 4624 - # ?
# 5972 - # 1233
# 6349 - # 873
# 6727 - # ?
# 17710 - # 4761
# 17714 - # 4624

I have valued the number 15 at due to my long-standing observations.
Fritz
 
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