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    Default Bayard 1908 - Low SN: 1226

    Recently acquired: (7,65m/m) Bayard M1908 s/n 1226 (commercial)

    Patented 8 Sep 1908 - Would this early specimen be dated 1908 or 1909?
    I have not noticed any lower serial number in this forum or on the web... (?)

    Condition is excellent, almost unfired

    For your appreciation, gentlemen

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    Cool little pistol. Congrats on the acquisition and thank you for sharing...Bill
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    Default Comparing Bayard 1908 s/n 1226 & 170754

    For your interest, here are a few differences between the two specimens
    s/n 1226 (early model) on left, s/n 170754 (later model) on right

    Note the following:

    - grips are smaller on early model, and have one screw only
    - safety catch release is quite fancy on early model
    - magazines are different (!?!) - (not sure about the 4-elongated-holes mag)
    - magazine catch is not identical

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    Looks like the slide serrations changed, the safety, the grips went to two screws instead of one, and the holes in the magazines changed, and the frame machining for the mag release.
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    Yep, you are covering most of the production changes. These early ones are neat and rare, especially in that condition.

    The factory records were burned in 1957, so no way of knowing when production exactly started. Certainly looks like first year production, whenever exactly that may have been.

    I have only seen few early ones in this condition. Congrats! I will add it to my databases for the new book...

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    For what it is worth, it is the second lowest number I have documented in my databases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Vanderlinden View Post
    For what it is worth, it is the second lowest number I have documented in my databases.

    Anthony
    By curiosity, what's your lowest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruno38 View Post
    By curiosity, what's your lowest?
    It's in the 700 range.
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