Small Arms of WWI Primer 004: French Pistol Mle.1915 "Ruby"

Small Arms of WWI Primer 004: French Pistol Mle.1915 "Ruby"

Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

C&Rsenal presents its WWI Primer series; covering the firearms of this historic conflict one at a time in honor of the centennial anniversary. Join us every other Tuesday!

Pistolet Automatique Modele 1915
Cartridge: .32 ACP
Capacity: 9 rnds
Length: 6.2″
weight: 1.9 lbs

Notes for this episode:
Current funding level: $324.00 of $500.00 required to fund basic costs of production. (at time of release)

Additional reading:

Armes à Feu de l’Armée Française 1860 à 1940
Jean Martin

French Service Handguns 1858-2004
Eugene Medlin and Jean Huon

Spanish Handguns: The History of Spanish Pistols & Revolvers
Gene, Jr. Gangarosa

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. I have one that has no markings except military automatic .32 calibre and made in spain.

  2. Stop copying Frank2ano November 28, 2020 @ 8:04 pm

    But does it take glock mags?

  3. Have the same Ruby with 2 magazines and 300 rounds ammo in turkey. This is the Gun who have my grandfather kill a french soldier and take this gun us survival. I have modificated this gun with 24k gold and african wood handle. My Ruby’s steel is hardened with blood 😎

  4. TheEpicFailMaster November 28, 2020 @ 8:06 pm

    Finally got around to try shooting mine in the range works just as it should

  5. Yeah Bieber Alex tnkz for the recommending I got mine from the same store *mrmasterglock on wickr* is reliable and fast ..

  6. Really excellent job guys! During ww1 the Germans carried more pistols than any other army. As in ww11, the average soldier carried ..25 and 7.65mm pistols from the nations that they conquered in addition to their own .

  7. Talked to a Sheriff from a neighboring county back in 1973, he told me of stopping a car loaded with highly intoxicated folks from a nearby "sovereign nation" as he was arresting the driver, he heard a "CLICK" then a slide RACK, followed by a "CLICK" so he looked in the back seat and one of the passengers had an old Ruby 32, which was in real bad shape, the fellow had tried twice to shoot him with the old gun, both times it failed to hit the primer hard enough to go bang. He took the old Ruby and still had it hanging over the mantel in his house. He was telling me about this, after seeing the M1911A1 on my hip. His conclusion from that situation was that he would never trust an "automatic" for a duty weapon, and carried a Model 19 S&W with a six inch barrel on his hip.

  8. I suspect the rivet was meant to prevent the safety being released upon holstering rather than applied upon drawing.

  9. Just got one of these for $100 at a pawn shop. Mine is extremely crude, sharp edges in the ejection port, extremely heavy trigger, like a Cobray Derringer bad, trigger is sharp too and there is a nice sharp cut out under the trigger that your finger gets to drag across once it actually releases. Magazine looks like it was made by an eight year old with a piece of flat steel, a hammer and some tin snips. Two flat pieces of (actually nice) wood for grips, all of the screws protrude a bit, some less than others. Front sight blade is just a little crooked. But it looks awesome and I love it for $100. 😁

  10. One thing about the construction of the model 1903 is a maxim that John and Browning expressed:

    " Make it as strong as it needs to be.
    Then, double it."

    So I think that a lot of metal shaving could be done with these Ruby’s and still not harm the safety aspect of it…

    I myself have a pistol I could not resist buying– a Spanish "Bufalo." It has features of both the 1903 and the FN model 1900.
    Mine is a very low 9000 somewhere serial number.

    The problem with it is that I have not yet figured out how to take it down completely because it doesn’t come down as either the FN or the Colt.

    I said I could not resist buying it. You may ask, why?

    I keep it tucked away in a box with another pistol I already had.

    A Savage Model 1907 made early in 1917.

    So one has a buffalo head looking at you from the grips and the other has an Indian on the grips looking at you… both in the same caliber.

  11. Hello came over from the "Great War" Loving your videos and you two seem to be having a lot of fun. 🙂 ….. I was thinking that the French complaint about the safety being tripped on when upholstering seems odd. I would want it on safe while in the holster anyway even in a combat situation. What good are you if you shoot your own foot while trying to draw your weapon? With the safety right at the thumb, it would be an automatic thing to make it ready as soon as it cleared the holster. If it was knocking it out of safe while holstering I could see that as a huge issue. Again do not want to shoot foot…… assume it is always loaded with a round in the chamber….. Tribbles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  12. So in theory one can turn this pistol into a full auto pistol?

  13. Hearing its history it makes me sad that we never got to see this gun come to Battlefield 1.

  14. been watching a lot of your WW1 video reviews. Great work. Ever thought of a different them music? I don’t know about royalties or such but tings "Children’s Crusade" would be wonderful with thee being a WW1 items. Check it out.

  15. In Spain,in the Country Basque,they have their own versión … a pistol called “VESTA”,its the same gun

  16. The Great War brought me here. I’m not much of a gun boi but I love me some history.

  17. Forgotten Weapons brought me here.

  18. Thanks, very well done & informative…dispitevthe fact you didnt show disassembly

  19. WW1 French Hi-Point

  20. seen a portugesse version of the ruby dont know how old it was but had portugesse stamps on it and royal crest of some family i think,the guy who had it got a handfull of odd handguns in a auction,in portugal

  21. I got a name for this:

    French Makarov

  22. One of my goals in life is to have a Ruby with holster for my collection… No accounting for taste! In his book "A Farewell To Catalonia", George Orwell mentions obtaining a Ruby pistol during his service with the communists in the Spanish Civil War. He seemed to be pleased to have it.

  23. Neil Cavuto?

  24. Ruby, Ruby, Ruby!

  25. How about a vid on field dressing please.

  26. And this thing beat out the legendary browning hi power? Pathetic the browning is 500 times the gun the ruby is and the hi power is still in service in many militaries the globe over

  27. Thanks, I was given a smaller version years ago. It’s a 6 round Ver,,,, I kind of like it as a pocket pistol. It’s a JUAN ESPERANZA Y PEDRO UNCETA GUERNICA (ESPANA) 7.65 PISTOLA AUTOMATICA FACENTADA ASTRA mod 191F. Every bit of that is stamped on the Slide. !!!!
    ‘On the barrel it says. HOPE. Where can I learn more about it .?..

  28. Personally, this show put the Eibar region of Spain on my bucket list.

  29. Anarchy And Empires November 28, 2020 @ 8:41 pm

    Ok so how much money do I have to donate to get a video about the M1911 made?

  30. I have a French Unique model RR51 chambered in .32 ACP similar to the Ruby pistol. I would love to see you do a review of the pistol.

  31. Hubert Cumberdale November 28, 2020 @ 8:44 pm

    For some wierd reason this gun wasn’t in Battlefield 1, but it is in Battlefield V.

  32. My grandpa was a us medic in the Korean War. Is it a possibility he took it off a dead enemy or were any sent off to the us

  33. Mitchell Hoffarth November 28, 2020 @ 8:46 pm


    War were not declared again

  34. I have an Aldazabal Leturiondo ruby, technically a model of 1916 since that’s how this specific company named it. French accepted. It’s my understanding that the knob added for the holster was done in mass in the 20s. Mine does not have it, which may be simply because of when it was made. I bought mine from an older gentleman who’s grandfather brought it back from the war. The story he told me was that his grandfather traded 4 cigarettes for it from a French soldier who didn’t want it, as it was issued with a single magazine and no holster.

  35. I’m a Brit and inevitably twitchy about gun control – but I find this gun-geekiness alluring in that each firearm (and Othias, so good!) speaks so vividly about the way that each firearm has a narrative on the society that produced it and the society that used it. It’s a narrative that a Judeo-Quaker like me rarely accesses, yet it has a crucial role in understanding conflict. For example Hitler wanted Czech handgun technology so he created the Sudetenland crisis as the doorway to accessing that technology. Discuss, use both sides of the paper if necessary… Mae’s comments and views are fascinating.

  36. got one for 60 bucks. shoots "minute of broadside of barn" at 10 yards

  37. I just want to comment on how far your production quality has come these past few years! Starting off with great quality yet continuing to raise the bar is a sure sign of the love you guys pour into this program. Thank you so much!

  38. I own this gun. My grandfather left it to me as an inheritance. His brother had fought against the Nazi’s in ww2, it was his brothers property. Ruby 1915 7.65 mm By F. Arzimendi y Goenaga.

  39. Michael Tortorello November 28, 2020 @ 8:50 pm

    I had one made by Retalazza in spain. Should have kept it.

  40. More info in 15 minutes on the Ruby then I have gotten in 10 years combined….Thanks

  41. LuciusSullaCornelius November 28, 2020 @ 8:52 pm

    Don’t worry about how your pronounce that, they are Basque names, only them know how to pronounce them

  42. Found you guys through Forgotten Weapons and am watching through the Primer series. Great stuff! I’ll forever know this pistol as the WWI Tribble.

  43. Thanks for a ‘crisp’ summary of this interesting WWI semi-automatic.

  44. I hate how EDUCATIONAL channels like this one are effected by the "anti-gun political crap" and can’t get monetized because there’s guns involved.

  45. its over 900.000 !!!

    i’m sorry its old video i know

  46. I’m really happy to see you guys got interested on our Ruby! Actually so many was made, that after first world war the market got flooded by those. Nowadays it’s the most common forgotten wardrobe gun in France. 100 years after end of the first world the gun the police most commonly seized is the ruby. Beside that, there was many variants after the war; with longer barrel, half moon high capacity magazine, a 9mm version, I ever heard about some imported to the USA with specific import markings, and so on. Most wasnt used by the army, you can easily see if yours was, French army will stamp a star on the slide and on the magazine. It is a common reception stamp from arsenal’s at that time. For the magazine, you can interchange with all magazines who bear the same letters, AA,GL, etc… Finally I’d like to point that it has not so good reputation with shooters as some are just worn out or simply was made of so low quality that it is not sure anymore to shoot it…if it ever was for some. Usually the case will break or inflate into the chamber or the gun suddenly become a full auto…. But if you’re lucky to find a good one checked by a gun Smith, it’s a great piece of history, cheap for a collection start and quite fun to shoot.

  47. Christopher Valdes November 28, 2020 @ 8:58 pm

    Awesome rifle collection btw 😀

  48. Were they (Rubys) only in .32 ACP caliber? weren´t any one in .380 ACP?

  49. Omg this is just like my great grandfather’s gun he had it from the ww2… I have shoot with it its very accurate, small and very beautiful..

  50. (Starts switching lyrics in The Beach Boys’ "Ruby")

    "Well I’ve got a gun and Ruby is her name. (Ruby Ruby RUUUUby baby!)

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