BUT this model is a truly neat wee thing for use anywhere people actually are allowed to defend themselves from criminals ..
So I was interested to find images of the Manufrance Le-Francais .32" ACP that was made - guess where? (in France possibly 😆) from 1950 to 1965 - because there are some quiet similar design features .. plus a lot of differences too eh.
Le-Francais St. Etienne (MAS) .32" ACP.
It is a cleverly designed double-action-only striker-fired auto-pistol - one that I'd also love to own out of interest - should I ever have the spare cash. It takes an 8 round magazine plus the one up-the-spout.
Both the Beretta Tomcat and the Le-Francais use similar(ish) verticle 'bell-crank lever' recoil spring systems to function their blow-back operation but the 'Ooh La-la chic' pops-up it's 83 mm. (3.27 inches) barrel automatically for chambering a round when the magazine is removed.. Clever eh.
Forgotten weapons Ian McCollum does his usual excellent review of this little known piece - Link:
No John M Browning Influences Here Then.