Here is one final piece of information on this firearm. I always thought it was my grandad's pistol since that is what my dad told me. However, after talking with my uncle this past weekend, it was his! He clearly recalled bringing it home along with a Mauser and P38 after WWII. Another piece of it's history is that his outfit was part of the Rainbow Div. 3rd Army I believe and they took a factory in Schwienfurt, Germany. He immediately went to the officer's quarters and "liberated" this Bayard from the locker of one of those officers. It made the gun all the more special learning about it's history.
Only problem for me is I think I will give all 3 guns to my cousins since they are really heirlooms for their family!
We live in the greatest country on Earth- always be thankful!