Manufacture dArmes de Pyrnes Franaises better known by the acronym MAPF was a civilian commercial company that was founded in 1923 by Mr. Jos Uria, initially located in the town of Bhobie, which moved to Hendaye soon afterwards. Hendaye is the most southwesterly town in the Pyrnes-Atlantiques Dpartement of Rgion Aquitaine confined on the edge of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrnes Mountains.
In 1928 the company started to produce a civilian type pistol based upon the Pistolet Automatique de 7 millimtre 65 genre "Ruby but of much superior materials and workmanship that it was later adopted by the French military during the early period of World War II (1939/40) calling it the Pistolet Automatique Unique Modele 17. This pistol was made up to Fall of France on June 22, 1940 and later during the German Occupation. After the departure of the German Occupation Forces and the end of the Second World War, MAPF resumed production of a new type of Unique pistol called the Pistolet Automatique Unique R17 for various government agencies which was basically the same as the pre-war models but with an exterior hammer.
In 1951 MAPF began to make improved versions of the Unique R17 based on the German Occupation Model called the Kriegsmodell (War Model), which had an exterior case hardened hammer and arched curved grip which gave a more comfortable hold in the shooters hand. There were two main versions made and the differences were the slide markings and grips these new pistols were called Pistolet Automatique Modele Rr 1951 Police and Pistolet Automatique Modele Rr 1951.
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