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Weapons Pistols

Discussion in 'Italy' started by Dan Morton, Jan 30, 2016.

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    More from La Grande Guerra web site...

    GLISENTI MODEL 1910 SEMIAUTOMATIC PISTOL (9MM.): Called "The Poor Man's Lugar" because of its appearance, poor quality material and mediocre performance in action. Designed in 1906 for a 7.65 mm shell, a larger caliber round was later deemed necessary, so it was re chambered for a 9 mm bullet. It was found, subsequently that the new configuration could not use the 9mm. Parabellum bullet, so a less powerful 9mm round was developed for the weapon, thus negating the effect the larger caliber. It had a 7 round clip which was inserted in the pistol butt.

    BERETTA BREVETTA 1915 SEMIAUTOMATIC PISTOL (9MM.): The forerunner of the Beretta semiautomatic pistols, the famous gun manufacturer started making military hand guns in 1915, the year Italy declared war. Designed in two versions, 7.65 and 9 mm, it was sturdy enough to use much more powerful loads than Italy was manufacturing. Although much better made and more economical to manufacture, it still did not completely replace the Glisenti model 1910 during the war. Weighing 880 gms. (just under 2 lbs.), the pistol had an 8 round clip.

    And an unusual combination of hand weapons - the Alpini ice axe and bayonet in one holder.

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