This is an early production version of the desirable Italian Beretta Model 38/42 fully automatic submachine gun chambered in the popular 9 mm Luger cartridge. This was basically an improved and simplified version of the original Beretta Model 38A submachine gun, with a fixed firing pin and improved recoil spring mechanism. This model was heavily used by both the German and Italian Armies throughout WWII and even afterwards by several of the surrounding countries as it was a very reliable and easy to maintain submachine gun. This example has the early fluted barrel with an integral muzzle break on the end. It has a heavy stamped (extruded) receiver tube, a welded on magazine well, and machined bolt components. It was fitted to an Italian walnut stock with a heavy steel buttplate and sling swivels mounted on the left side. This functions as a basic blow-back operated machine gun that used a stick magazine which was very similar overall to the WWII German MP40 and British STEN submachine guns. One very interesting/unique aspect of this weapon is that it has a double trigger mechanism. The front trigger is used to function in a single shot mode with the rear trigger firing in a fully automatic mode. The rear area of the barrel shoulder is stamped "2794 CAL. 9" and it is marked on top of the receiver tube with "MP-Beretta Model 38/42-Cal. 9/serial number "2794". The Italian walnut stock is stamped on the left side with its matching serial number "2794". It comes complete with one 30 round stick magazine.
Fine with 40% of the original blue finish on all the metal parts which now show a mix of light browning and oxidation spotting overall. The bolt is in the white as it left the factory. The stock is in very fine condition with its original oil finish showing numerous light pressure dents and dings on the sides from actual field use and handling. A good cleaning and oiling of the metal surfaces would dramatically improve the appearance of this weapon. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.
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