Gun of the Week #10 : Beretta 1935

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Every Wednesday, I feature a gun from my collection. You can see the whole series here. Today it is a Beretta 1935.  I bought this gun from Collectible Arms and Ammo in Merrimack NH.  This is my favorite gun shop, I have bought over 20 guns from them.  This was a C&R gun and they had my C&R FFL on file, so  I hand them $400 and I am out the door.  IIt is in great shape.  I believe that this gun is a German Bring back from WWII because it has the 4UT stamp near the backstrap. That was the German Nazi acceptance stamp. There is sometimes confusion over this Model.  The Beretta 1934 was chambered in .380 ACP. This gun is a 1935 model, the only difference is this gun used .32 ACP instead of .380.

History
In the early 1930s, the Italian army was impressed by the Walther PP pistol. Beretta did not want to lose a big Italian military contract and designed the compact M1934 for the Italian army, which accepted it in 1937. The M1935 is simply an M1934, modified to fire .32ACP ammunition.Image

Specifications
The M1935 is a single-action semi-automatic blowback pistol that fires the .32 ACP ammunition. It is made out of carbon steel with plastic grips. It is fitted with a manual safety and when the last shot has been fired the slide is retained open by the empty magazine. The magazine capacity is 8 rounds. As this pistol was built for the Italian army, all parts were interchangeable, which simplified maintenance and manufacturing: a first at the time.

Intended Market
The M1935 was purpose built and designed for the Italian armed forces, however it was also sold to the civilian market and issued to the German forces in 1944 and 1945.

Design Advantages
Fitted with the Beretta style open slide, the M1935 has a very reliable feeding and extraction cycle. It was made with few parts and is very simple to maintain. The M1935 is a very robust construction with long service life if properly maintained.
Limitations[edit]

The .32 ACP ammunition is somewhat under-powered for combat use. The magazine capacity of only 8 rounds and short effective range reduces the M1935 to a last resort self-defense weapon. The slide is not of the self-catching type; the magazine retains the action to the rear. When the magazine is removed the action returns forward on an empty chamber. This slows down reloading of the pistol.

Production
From 1935 to 1967, about 525,000 units.
Mod. 1935 cal. 7.65 / .32ACP
Start / end of production from 1935 to 1967
Quantity produced about 525,000
Start – End -Serial numbers
1935 – 1959 from about 410000 to 923048
1962 – 1963 from A10001 to A14130
1966 – 1967 from H14131 to H14673

World War II Prize Guns
The Beretta M1935 was captured in huge numbers during World War II from Italian and German armed forces by allied soldiers, who liked it because of its small size, rugged design and good construction. Many of these captured pistols are operational to this day and widespread in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France and in the United Kingdom. The M1935 is compact and easy to hide, with ammunition available for it.

Gun of the week number 6: Russian Nagant M1895 Revolver

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I admit, I have a fondness for Soviet guns.  I currently own 3 Ak’s, 2 Nagant Pistols, 6 Tokerov models and 5 Makarov caliber pistols and a few Mosin Nagant rifles. But the first Soviet weapon that I bought was The Nagant Revolver. It was the first guns I bought when I got my Curio and Relic Federal Firearms License. This license enables me to buy any gun over 50 years old or guns deemed of a historical nature by the ATF. When I bought these guns, the first one was $99 and the second one was $120. I think they are a little more expensive, but they still can be purchased cheaply, although the prices seem to be rising lately due to short supply.

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This gun is over 50 years old and it is historic. I actually have two of them now in the family. One is fine and I bought one for my son a few years ago for Christmas. I just love the look of this gun. The fact that is was designed in 1895 makes it more an interesting artifact.  This gun was designed so soldiers in the field could fix most problems with a hammer and a screwdriver/chisel. One of mine is dated 1940 and the other one is dated 1938.  Loading the gun is interesting, you pull a level down and then you have access to the cylinder so you can load 7 bullets. Then you push the level back up and you are ready to go.  Once the gun is fired, you must again pull the leverl down and this is a rod in front of the gun that you push in to eject each spent casing. It is not a very fast gun to reload.

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The M1895 started to be replaced by the Tokarev semi-automatic pistol in 1933, but was still produced and used in great numbers during World War II. Despite being supplemented after 1930 by the Tokarev, it was never fully replaced until the arrival of the Makarov pistol in 1952, Even after that these guns were still sometimes still given to loyal Communist Party members as reward for their loyalty.

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Firing the Gun

This is the most inaccurate gun that I have ever fired. If you want to hit the side of a barn at 20 feet, you might get better luck throwing the gun at the barn instead of shooting it. In the War this pistol worked best when you were firing it within a few feat of your target. It works in bought single and double action. The single action is normal. This gun requires a great deal of force in Double Action mode.

The ammo was hard to fine until about a year ago. Last time, I bought some ammo it was 14 surplus soviet cartridge for about $7.  One advantage of the round, if proper brass can be found, is that it leaves the chambers totally clean, and there is no need to scrape lead and powder residue out.

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7.62x38mmR (7.62 mm Nagant) cartridge, left, shown next to a .32 S&W Long Cartridge and a .22 LR cartridge for comparison.

The projectile is seated below the mouth of the cartridge, with the cartridge crimp sitting just above the bullet. When fired in the Nagant revolver, the crimp expands into the forcing cone, completing the gas-seal and ostensibly increasing muzzle velocity by approximately 23 m/s (75 ft/s).

The 7.62 mm calibre was chosen, in part, to simplify the tooling used in barrel making and manufacture of projectiles—the Russian service rifle of the time—the Mosin Nagant M91 featured an identical bore diameter, being chambered for the 7.62×54R rifle cartridge.

Description from Wikipedia

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The Nagant M1895 Revolver is a seven-shot, gas-seal revolver designed and produced by Belgian industrialist Léon Nagant for the Russian Empire. The Nagant M1895 was chambered for a proprietary cartridge, 7.62x38R, and featured an unusual “gas-seal” system, in which the cylinder moved forward when the gun was cocked, to close the gap between the cylinder and the barrel, providing a boost to the muzzle velocity of the fired projectile and allowing the weapon to be suppressed (an unusual ability for a revolver)

Technical characteristics

The on-gas seal revolvers have a small gap (known as a flash gap) between the cylinder and the barrel; the small gap between the cylinder and barrel is necessary to allow the revolver’s cylinder to revolve, presenting a new, loaded chamber for firing. This necessitates that the bullet jump the gap when fired, which may have an adverse effect on accuracy, especially if the barrel and chamber are misaligned, and also presents a path for the escape of high-pressure and high-temperature gases from behind the bullet. Expensive revolvers such as Korth and Manurhin are hand-fitted, keeping the gap to a minimum. Mass-produced revolvers such as Smith and Wesson may have a gap as large as .25 mm. The M1895 has a mechanism which, as the hammer is cocked, first turns the cylinder and then moves it forward, closing the gap between the cylinder and the barrel. The cartridge, also unique, plays an important part in sealing the gun to the escape of propellant gases. The bullet is deeply seated, entirely within the cartridge case, and the case is slightly reduced in diameter at its mouth. The barrel features a short conical section at its rear; this accepts the mouth of the cartridge, completing the gas seal. By sealing the gap, the velocity of the bullet is increased by 50 to 150 ft/s (15 to 45 m/s). This feature also eliminates the possibility of injury through the dangerous expansion of gases from the cylinder behind the barrel, which are easily capable of severing a finger if the user holds the gun incorrectly (with a finger positioned in front of the cylinder during fire) – a noted safety-issue in conventional revolvers.[5]

History and usage

The M1895 revolver was used extensively by the Russian Imperial Army and later by the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution. In Russian service, it was known for its extreme sturdiness and ability to withstand abuse. As one former Imperial Russian officer stated, “if anything went wrong with the M1895, you could fix it with a hammer”.[citation needed]

It was widely employed by the Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka, as well as its Soviet successor agencies, the OGPU and NKVD. In the police role, it was frequently seen with a cut-down barrel to aid in concealment by plainclothes agents. Despite the advent of the more modern Soviet TT pistol, the M1895 remained in production and use throughout World War II.

Proposed Law Would Force Parents to Disclose Gun Ownership to School District

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Apparently, liberals have a plan to bring an end to school shootings: Make disclosure of firearm ownership mandatory for all families enrolled in public education. There is no reason for this law unless the intention is to discriminate against parents who own guns.  The law says teh parents just have to tell the school district if they own a gun. Not what guns the parents have.  Can you imagine if you had to tell the school district the following:

Dear School System: This is what I currently have. Note; I Buy and Build new guns all the time.

  • 3 AR-15.s
  • 3 different AKs
  • 2 M1 Carbines
  • 1 M14
  • 2 Mosin Nagants
  • 2 Carcanos ( Yes the gun that killed JFK. I can bring it in for history class if you want)
  • 1 Masuser
  • 1 UZI
  • 1 Suomi Kp-31
  • 1 Mp5
  • 7 Tokerevs
  • 5 Makarovs
  • 1 FN-9
  • 1 Walther P1
  • 1 Beretta M9
  • 2 Nagant Pistols
  • 1 Beretta Tomcat
  • and 7 assorted Revolvers

If I had to disclose this, I am sure the local liberals want find some reason that my child couldn’t go to their school.

According to the Missouri Torch:

A  bill in the Missouri Senate would require parents of public school students to report to the school if they own a gun.

Why don’t we just cut right to the chase, and write a law instructing would-be mass-shooters to report their intentions well ahead of time? Or, heck, we could just outlaw the act of killing innocent school children. And I’m sure criminals, owners of illegal weapons, and potentially dangerous sociopaths will be more than happy to follow along with such equally ridiculous legislation. Right?

More than being an egregious violation of personal privacy, the bill highlights the impotence of progressive “solutions” to violence conducted with firearms. Compulsory disclosure of gun ownership provides the authorities with such little actionable or useful information it is almost not worth mentioning.

The Missouri proposal, however, does not call on parents to disclose the specific firearms they own… See, according to Liberals, all guns are evil – and all gun owners merit increased scrutiny and surveillance by authorities. (Wow… And you wonder why people with guns don’t like more gun laws… Weird.)

This act requires a parent or guardian to notify a school district, or the governing body of a private or charter school, that he or she owns a weapon within 30 days of enrolling the child in school or becoming the owner of a weapon. The written notification only needs to include the names of the parent and any child attending the school and the fact that the parent owns a weapon.

Naturally, the question arises: What the heck is this proposal actually supposed to accomplish? Aside from giving schools (read: government) a list of the county’s child-bearing gun owners, actionable intelligence (and almost any other kind of intelligence as well) is non-existent.

More than likely, the bill is a reflection of the increasingly ambitious campaign to de-legitimize gun ownership. After all, it’s not as if it is designed to prevent maniacs from shooting up a school. The good news is that the bill’s author, Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, has introduced this bill before… And it went no-where. But her ambitions are telling of liberal impotence, and the left’s intrinsic inability to address the fundamental issues facing the nation.

There is no doubt that violence is a real, and tragically too regular, occurrence in the world. And while some schools are deciding to arm resource officers, permit concealed carry, and even hire additional security, the liberal solution is put up more “no guns” signs and ask parents about their personal interest in firearm ownership.

Heck, we should be recruiting gun-owning parents to volunteer (with rifle in hand) as “campus watch” guards. Most parents I know would be happy to guard their child’s life with a gun. But something tells me that’s not what the bill’s sponsor had in mind.

Christmas Story and Vintage Christmas Gun Advertisements

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I already wrote about remember when toy guns where a good Christmas present. .  I have bought my son two real guns over the past two Christmases and he surprised me last year with a gun, but it wasn’t just any gun.

After all the giving of the presents was over last year, my son pulls out a package.   It is rifle shaped.  I open it and it is my father-in-law’s M1A. It was my favorite gun of his. It is the original  SpringField Armory National Match and is one of the early ones, It has a 4 digital serial number 52xx.  My son had bought it from his grandfather for $100 and was giving it to me for Christmas. (His grandfather was getting rid of his guns..He is now unfortunately in a full time care facility and can no longer shoot or even possess his guns)

My 16 year old took it upon himself to convince his grandfather to sell him the gun, paid him $100 of his own money, and then hid the rifle in the trunk of my borrowed car, and drove it home. (Luckily he was not stopped, that could have been a bad incident)

Words failed me. I was so amazed at getting this gun from my son.  Here is the gun:

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It is the best gift I have ever received.

Now here are some vintage advertisements about giving a gun for Christmas

Here are some advertisements from the past suggesting that guns are a good president for Christmas. And they are a very nice for Christmas.

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Ok this last one is not about guns.. It is just interesting

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I received the UZI violin case

For new people to the blog, I did a series on how to built your own fully legal UZI carbine.  You can see the complete instructions here.

I found a series of cases from AKcases, and ordered one off their ebay site for $175. They are normally $245 and they have them for many different styles of guns. I just received the case. Here is the violin case closed:

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Here is the case open. The case comes with either a red or blue interior. I chose blue.

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And finally here the case with the UZI carbine, I made during the build:

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The Velcro strips hold both the gun and up to 8 magazines. The interior and exterior is very good quality.

I highly recommend this case. The only problem is this case, looks just like my kid’s actual violin case, it

pretty embarrassing ( and highly illegal) if he took the wrong case to school. So I can’t leave this outside the gun room.

Why I carry a gun to go to: My Driveway Continuing series

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INDIANAPOLIS –

The woman’s quick thinking turned the tables on carjackers who demanded the keys to her car on the northwest side.

“It went so fast that I could not even believe it was happening,” the woman, Kari, said.

Just talking about the attack by a gunman during an attempted carjacking, Kari had to hold back tears. The mother of three, a law school student, showed Eyewitness News what happened outside her SUV that forced her to pull out her own gun.

“I do have a gun carry permit and I do carry a gun. I yanked over my passenger door and pulled it out and at that point, they scattered,” Kari said.

The attack happened at 11 p.m. Wednesday in her driveway as she returned home from law school, another reason she carries a weapon.

“It is personal protection, but I have never had to use it, ever,” she said.

Gun permit rates for women in Indiana are soaring. An all-female gun training class in Boone County usually has a waiting list.

For now, Kari is glad she’s okay, but is concerned that her attackers were very young and may even live close by.

“I have run into a group of boys down at the Speedway and I have always smiled at them and said hello,” she said.

After the scariest moment of her life, she now advises everyone – especially women – to never let your guard down.

“I stayed calm and was able to act,” she said.

Kari says her attackers who stood behind the teenager with the gun looked to be even younger. Detectives will most likely check security video from a nearby gas station and increase patrols near Kari’s home

Warning for People Selling guns via Armslist or Gunbroker

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I sell a gun on Armslist.com or Gunbroker.com every now and then.  I actually tend to buy more via those websites then sell guns.

I currently have a AK on armslist. It has been up there for a month or two.  I set a high price on it because I just don’t want to sell it that much. I am still in Denmark, but I am getting my email, I get a email yesterday from a guy in Long Island NY.  He is willing to pay the high asking price and wants me to ship it to his Long Island NY FFL.

But wait, AK’s are not allowed in NY State since Governor ButtFace Cuomo rammed the NY Safe act through the NY State legislature.

I talk to a few other people who have been selling guns, and they got a similar email.  So this is either New York law enforcement, or some of Mayor Assface Bloomberg’s people, trying to trick out of state sellers into shipping guns into NY State. And they have a FFL in Long Island that is helping them.  You really have to be careful these days.  I personally am only willing to sell to people face to face if they have a State Carry Permit and driver’s license or we go through a local FFL.