The Model 1920 French Police Contract Broomhandle Pistol,
One of the rarest contract models of the Broomhandle pistol was the M1920 French contract. Produced by Mauser Works in Germany, 1,000 of these pistols were manufactured for the French Gendarmie Nationale in 1920. Chambered for 7.63x25 Mauser and holding ten rounds in a fixed magazine, the French contract model only had two differences between regular German issued broomhandle pistols. First, the French contract featured a 3.9 inch barrel, as the post World War I Versailles Treaty banned the production of pistols with barrel lengths 4 inches or longer. Secondly, instead of wooden grips, the French contract grips were made of ebonite, a type of vulcanized rubber.