Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Glisenti Model 1910, Italy’s first semi-auto military sidearm.

It was a 9mm calibre semi-automatic service pistol produced by the Italian company Societa Siderugica Glisenti. It saw extensive service in World War I and limited service in the World War II with the Italian Army.
Glisenti first introduced their Model 1906 to the military which was designed to fire a 7.65×22mm bottleneck cartridge. The Model 1906 failed to impress the Italian Army and they requested a redesign to fire a round similar to the German 9mm Parabellum.

Glisenti made only minor changes and named the pistol the Model 1910 and was formally adopted by the Italian Army.
The Model 1910 retained the same complex and fragile firing system of the parent pistol which mandated that the pistol use weaker cartridges than the 9mm Parabellum. To reduce ease the stress on the pistol's weak design, the Model 1910 had to fire the 9mm Glisenti which is structurally similar to the 9mm Parabellum but has a reduced velocity.

The Beretta M1915 would later become the official service pistol in the Italian Army in 1934. The Glisenti was declared obsolete the same year but remained in arsenal inventory until the end of World War II.

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