The front of the slide looks sorta Hi-Powerish and the backstrap looks a bit like a 1911 sans pistol grip. I don't know for sure though.
Looks like one of the .32 ACP (7.65 mm) "Ruby" pistols made in Spain for the French in WWI ("copies" or take-offs on the Browning 1910). My eyes are so bad that I can't make out what it says on the grip. It's an R with something through it, but I can't tell what the something is. I have an old Ruby that was a bring-back from WWI that my grandpa got for my grandma. The only identifying mark on it is "HCA" on the frame. PISTOLS OF THE WORLD says that means Hijos de Callixto Arizabalaga. Still shoots well, but with the worst trigger pull of any firearm I've ever tried. My mother used it to kill a mad dog in our front yard when I was just a little kid. I was out in the yard when the dog came up. It scared the living shit out of me & I yelled for my mother. She came out the door, then went back inside. When she came back she had the Ruby, & one shot later there was a dead dog about 4 feet from me. That's better than I've ever been able to do with it.
ecaman-I'm sorry, but, your Mom killing a dog with it. That story is priceless, I'm sure the memory is still fresh. The "bring back" days are sure long gone. Could you imagine what it would be like if our troops would be able to bring home trophies!
It is based on the 1903 browning chambered for the 7.65mm/32 acp Spanish manufactureres copied it called the "Ruby" French adopted it in 1917
Thats one stand up Lady.. It takes some courage to shoot anything that is close to your child, and guessing she knew it was a "must" shot. Did you ever get her to talk about it..
To funny, guess i hit the enter twice, sure double posted, so i get on and delete it.. nope.. so i had to fill in something or have two "ecaman what a great story" this is the last mistake i will make this year..
Im (almost) sure of it..