1908 Bayard 6.35mm (.25 ACP) SOLD


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This is a minty example of the Bayard pocket pistol in .25 ACPThe Bayard Pieper pocket pistol came to the life in three calibers; 6.35mm (.25 ACP), 7.65mm (.32 ACP) and .380 (9mm Kurtz).  Produced by Anciens Etablissements Pieper A.E.P. begiin around its patent date of 1908.  ☼ ANCIENS ETABLISSEMENTS PIEPER ☼ & ☼ HERSTAL-BELGIUM ☼  are cleanly marked on the left side to give the manufactureres name and the place of production. The right side has the matching serial numbers and the series of proof applied. (1724)

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In his 1921 book Automatic Pistols H.B. Pollard says:  “The Bayard pocket model is a very good Belgian pistol of extraordinary compactness, made by Piepers, of Liége.  ...  These pistols were rapidly rising in public favour before the war, for they were well made and powerful, and despite the light weight and heavy charge were not unpleasant in the recoil.”

The Pieper Bayard breaks down into two large components: the slide and the frame; and three smaller components: the magazine, the recoil spring, and the front sight.  The breech block depends from the rear portion of the slide, both being machined from a single piece of steel.  The firing pin runs through the breech block and is held in place by a crosspin; the spring steel extractor is flush with the side of the breech block.  The portion of the slide above the breech block is hollowed out to allow room for the recoil spring tube.  The ejector is a rectangular projection from the left interior wall of the frame.

Anciens Etablissements Pieper is a Belgian arms manufacturer established under the name Henri Pieper in Herstal, Belgium in 1884 (some sources use 1866), by Henri Pieper. In 1898, it was renamed to Nicolas Pieper, and it became the Anciens Etablissements Pieper in 1905. It stayed in business until approximately 1950. The company used the Bayard trade name and manufactured Bergmann–Bayard pistol and Bayard 1908 pistol.

 The .25 ACP (6.35mm) ammunition came on the market late in 1906 with the advent of the 1906 FN Browning pistol; it was introduced in the U.S. in 1908 as the .25 ACP.   The Bayard .25 ACP caliber pistol is a Very scarce variation .25 Auto. Seldom seen in .25 as most are .32 and .380. Near minty condition with excellent bore.

The serial number is mid-range in production of the 6.35mm Bayard. The gun weighs 428 grams and has an overall length of 126.29 mm with a barrel length of 56.48mm. The slide measured at the bottom widest point is 124.47mm. Rather a compact gun and directly comparable to the Kel-Tec .32.

The NRA Book of Small Arms, by W.H.B. Smith, says:  “This Bayard is one of the smallest pistols ever built for its cartridge and suffers from heavy recoil.  It is not a particularly sturdy weapon.”  He says pretty much the opposite about the .25 version, stating that the gun is an “excellent Belgian variation of the Browning,” and also: “The Bayard 1908 is of original design. ... It is an exceptionally sturdy weapon of its class.”  In the entry for the .380 caliber Bayard, Smith says:  “The Bayard is produced by one of the best European manufacturers, the Anciens Etablissements Pieper at Herstal, Belgium.  ...  The weapon is noteworthy as being the smallest, most compact, and lightest .380 caliber automatic pistol ever built.”

The date that the patent was granted is on the top of the slide.  It is reported that other patents had been granted previously but this is the one stamped onto the tops of the slide.

The Bayard has no mechanism for locking the breech, and does not incorporate a magazine safety.  The trigger is of the sliding type and connects to the sear through an integral linkage (transfer bar) on the left side of the gun.  At the end of this linkage is a tiny part (listed in the parts list as the “trigger sear”) which serves as a connector/disconnector for the trigger and main sear.  As the trigger is pulled to move the sear and release the hammer, the transfer bar moves past the bottom of the sear.  When the trigger is released, the “trigger sear,” which is tensioned by a tiny flat spring integral with the connector bar, is able to move down and out of the way of the bottom of the sear so that the trigger may return to its home position, whereupon the “trigger sear” pops back up and reengages the sear.

Henri Pieper was born in Germany in 1840 and died in Belgium in 1898. He founded his company in 1866 in Liege, initially to make shotguns and rifles. He was an early adopter of mechanized production methods for making interchangeable parts, and by the time of his death his company had grown quite large and had expanded into many different areas of manufacturing. Walter, in his Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers, says that Pieper “...was one of the European pioneers of mass-produced sporting guns...” and was a founding partner of Fabrique Nationale.

The 6.35mm Bayard barrel is integral with the frame--it is not a rifled sleeve pressed into the frame, as on the 7.65mm and 9mm versions.  The front portion of the trigger guard curves back somewhat before mating with the underside of the barrel.  Most of the upper portion of the slide is more narrow than the lower portion where it mates with the frame.  The 6.35mm Bayard is just over an ounce lighter than the second variant 7.65mm or .380 (9mm) versions.  Since there is less room on the barrel portion of the frame, the inscription was moved to the rear of the frame, over the grip plates, and the horse and rider logo was moved forward so it is just above the rear of the trigger.


Bayard, one of a number of trade names used by the Pieper company, was the name of the bay horse said to have been ridden by Charlemagne. Legend has it that the Bayard carried multiple riders, understood human speech, and escaped certain death to attain immortality. The horse Bayard and the chivalrous knight who rode him feature in a number of epic poems of the middle ages, and Bayard even appears as Troilus’ horse in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Evidently the name came to be commonly applied to any bay horse.

It is entirely subjective to give any gun a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few collectible firearms are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria. Any questions or request for additional purchases email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

This very hard to find Bayard 1908 vest pocket 6.35mm (.25 ACP), all matching and just minty. This seldom seen pistol is offered for $775.00. If you are a pocket collector gun enthusiast then this is a can't miss. We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that does not have a physical deposit. This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. Any questions or request for additional pictures email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.

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