Military Factory

World War 2 Italian Guns and Other Small Arms (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

Though adequately equipped at the outset of war, Italian firearms industry generally still lacked behind her contemporaries during World War 2.





There are a total of (43) World War 2 Italian Guns and Other Small Arms (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. This listing also includes portable weaponry such as hand grenades and mortars. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1936
5cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 (leGrW 36)
The 5-cm Granatwerfer 36 (abbreviated as "leGrW 36") was the standard light mortar utilized by the G... [Read More]
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1915
Beretta Model 1915
The Beretta Model of 1915 was the beginning of the long-running and storied Beretta semi-automatic p... [Read More]
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1918
Beretta Model 1918
While the Italians developed and issued the first submachine gun in World War 1, it was hardly the q... [Read More]
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1934
Beretta Model 1934
Beretta - founded as far back as 1526 in Brescia, Italy - introduced their first semi-automatic pist... [Read More]
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1935
Beretta Model 1935
The storied firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Bre... [Read More]
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1942
Beretta Model 38/42/43/44)
The Italian Army of World War 2 went into the conflict with the very modern Beretta Model 1938A subm... [Read More]
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1938
Beretta Model 38A
Italian submachine guns were born from the original Fiat-Revelli Modello 1915 "Villar-Perosa" weapon... [Read More]
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1937
Boys ATR
Recognizing the increased reliance on armor by the world's armies in the lead-up to World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1935
Breda Hand Grenade Model 1935
In 1935, just prior to World War 2, the Italian Army adopted three infantry hand grenades under the... [Read More]
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1930
Breda Modello 30 (Breda 30)
Prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Breda Meccanica Bresciana (or simply "Breda") was a heavy industry... [Read More]
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1938
BREN LMG
The BREN Light Machine Gun was the standard light machine gun of the British Army and Commonwealth f... [Read More]
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1919
Browning M1919 GPMG
Like many of the infantry weapons made available to American servicemen of World War 2 (1939-1945), ... [Read More]
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1921
Browning M2 (HMG)
Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M... [Read More]
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1892
Carcano Modello 1891 (M91)
The Carcano Modello 1891 (Model 1891) was the standard Italian Army service rifle of both World Wars... [Read More]
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1895
Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger)
Convinced of the inherent value of machine guns based on experiences in the Spanish American War of ... [Read More]
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1933
Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in ... [Read More]
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1914
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1914
The FIAT-Revelli Modello 1914 (Machine Gun, System Revelli, Model 14) was the first large-scale indi... [Read More]
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1935
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1935
The FIAT-Revelli Model 1935 (Modello 35) of 1935 was a modernization of the World War 1-era FIAT-Rev... [Read More]
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1944
Giandoso TZ-45
The Italians were the first to introduce the machine gun and this was during 1915 in the midst of Wo... [Read More]
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1935
Kb wz.35 (Marosczek)
The Poles were not wholly ill-equipped during the German invasion of September 1939. Its tank-stoppi... [Read More]
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1935
Lanciafiamme Spalleggiato Modello 1935
The Italians joined the Germans, Americans, Soviets and British in deploying flamethrowers in World ... [Read More]
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1914
Lewis Machine Gun
American Isaac Newton Lewis (1858-1931) served in the United States Army and lent his talents to inv... [Read More]
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the e... [Read More]
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1936
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
Little discussion can be had on the subject of American infantrymen in World War Two without the men... [Read More]
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1939
MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38)
World War 1 introduced the concept of "machine pistols" to help bridge the gap between the portable ... [Read More]
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1896
Mauser C96
One of the most recognizable early-form semi-automatic pistols became the Mauser C96 series. The C96... [Read More]
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1918
Mk II / Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade fro... [Read More]
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1870
Modello 1870 Italian Vetterli
The 19th Century proved a critical one for the advancement of firearms. Up to this point, the flintl... [Read More]
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1935
Mortaio da 81/14 Modello 35
The Italian Army made use of two main mortar designs during World War 2 - the 45mm Modello 35 and th... [Read More]
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1935
Mortaio d'assalto 45/5 Brixia, Modello 35
Like all other modern militaries participating in World War 2, the Italian Army adopted a light infa... [Read More]
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1935
OTO Hand Grenade Model 1935
Italian Army infantry elements of World War 2 relied on three hand grenades of varying effectiveness... [Read More]
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1918
OVP Modello 1918 (Officine Villar Perosa)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the OVP Modello 1918 (Officine Villar Perosa)

1891
Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)
The Model 1889 "Bodeo" revolver served as the standard Italian Army service revolver for decades aft... [Read More]
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1910
Pistola Automatica, Modello 1910 (Glisenti)
The Italian Army took on the Model 1910 Glisenti in an attempt to field a semi-automatic pistol to r... [Read More]
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1905
Schwarzlose MG
Prussian-German gunsmith Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose developed a line of machine guns that became th... [Read More]
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1938
Solothurn S18-100
The rise of the tank in World War 1 (1914-1918) forced the development of tank-killing systems to fo... [Read More]
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1935
SRCM Hand Grenade Model 1935 / 1938
The Italian Army of World War 2 utilized three primary hand grenade series all under the designation... [Read More]
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1941
STEN SMG
The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperatio... [Read More]
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1907
Steyr Model 1907 (M1907)
The Roth-Steyr M07 (or "Model 07") holds the distinction of becoming the first self-loading pistol t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Steyr Model 1907 (M1907)

1912
Steyr Model 1912 (M1912) / (Steyr-Hahn)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Steyr Model 1912 (M1912) / (Steyr-Hahn)

1915
Stokes Mortar (3-inch)
While mortars largely fell out of interest prior to World War 1, the stalemate of trench warfare for... [Read More]
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1942
United Defense UD-42 (Model 42 / M42)
A myriad of varied weapon types proliferated the market during, and after, World War 2. Many were pu... [Read More]
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1938
Walther P38 (Pistole 38)
The Walter concern of German designed and developed the "Pistole 38" ("P38") semi-automatic pistol a... [Read More]
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