Page 342 - Auction84-Book2
P. 342

 LOT 1674
World War II Beretta Model 38/42 Submachine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun - Serial no. CR3326, 9 mm cal., 9 inch fluted bbl., blue finish, hardwood stock. 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. CONDITION: 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.
Estimate: 12,000 - 17,000
  LOT 1675
of the receiver and a hinged top cover. The top of the receiver is marked “GOBIERNO DE (removed)/MITRA. LEGG. Cal. 7M No.33/BREDA ROMA 1935 A.XIII”; the end of the top line is illegible, but similar markings have been seen on Breda MGs attributed to Costa Rica. A folding bipod assembly is installed at the front of the handguard, with a pair of ribbed panels on the pistol grip and a straight buttstock with flip-up shoulder rest.
CONDITION: Very fine as deactivated, with 75% of the blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, spotting, wear and high edge marks. The stock shows a number of cracks and chips, and has been partially stabilized
at the wrist by adding a bolt. The chamber area of the barrel has been ground and torch cut, with the breech welded shut, though the bolt is still mobile and the weapon can be cycled. Aside from the deactivation, the
bottom of the magazine shows damage suggestive of a bullet strike or similar battlefield trauma. NOTE: This is a registered DEWAT weapon with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), as a
National Firearms Act (NFA) weapon, that is fully transferable. It has been classified as a Curio 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. Estimate: 6,500 - 11,000
Italian Breda Model 30 Machine Gun, Class III/NFA DEWAT C&R Machine Gun - Serial no. 33, 7 mm cal., 19 inch round bbl., blue finish, hardwood
stock. A somewhat unusual design for the time, the Breda Model 30 was the primary light machine gun of the Italian armed forces during World War II, and served as the firepower backbone of most infantry formations. A true “heavy metal” machine gun, the Breda design banks heavily on machined steel construction with a recoil driven closed-bolt mechanism. Though physically rugged, the Breda was heavy, suffered from issues with feeding
and extraction, struggled with dirt and debris (an issue that became dire in Africa), and was handicapped by the use of a fixed box magazine for feeding. Between the various issues, the Breda’s effective rate of fire
was closer to the American M1 Garand than its actual counterpart, the Browning Automatic Rifle. Fixed blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights, with a conical flash hider and takedown handle
340 installed on the ribbed barrel, the fixed magazine on the right side

   340   341   342   343   344