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Lot 1674: World War II Beretta Model 38/42 Submachine Gun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

World War II Beretta Model 38/42 Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $17,000

World War II Beretta Model 38/42 Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Beretta Pietro
Model: 38/42
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 9 inch fluted
Finish: blue
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 1765
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 340
Class: Class III

Descendants of the World War I Villa-Perosa SMG, the variants of the M38 earned a reputation as well made, potent close-quarters weapon, strongly associated with hard-fighting units like the "Blackshirt" infantry assault forces and the paratroopers. The 38/42 was a model streamlined for military production, with a shorter stock, simplified muzzle brake, and no provision for a dust cover for the magazine well. Blade front and two-leaf rear sights, with a 2-vent brake at the muzzle, deeply fluted barrel, and "CAL9" and "CR/3326" markings on the receiver. The mechanism is fitted with dual triggers, the front with a disconnector for semi-automatic fire, the rear for full automatic, and a two-position safety switch is installed on the left side. The smooth pistol grip stock is stamped "4/UT/44" on the left side, with a brown leather sling and a steel buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 90% of the refinished blue overall, showing some covered pitting on the barrel and receiver, contrasting finish on different parts, and mild wear and handling marks overall. Pitting is denser on the right side of the receiver around the breech, possibly a symptom of reactivation. The stock is also fine, with some slight splitting at the seam between the toe and the rest of the buttstock, scuffs and dents. Mechanically very good. NOTE: This weapon is 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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