Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines Military Pay Chart (2023) Military Ranks
Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)

Service Revolver [ 1891 ]

The Model 1889 Bodeo revolver entered the Italian Army inventory in 1891 and continued service through to the end of World War 2 in 1945.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 06/02/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Model 1889 "Bodeo" revolver served as the standard Italian Army service revolver for decades after being adopted in 1891. The type saw combat action in World War 1 by which time the Glisenti Model 1910 semi-automatic pistol was selected to supersede the revolver. However, durability issues limited the extent of the Model 1910 in widespread acceptance leading the Model 1889 revolver to see continuous service into World War 2, not to be officially retired until 1945. The Beretta Model 1934 was then adopted as the standard semi-automatic pistol of the Italian Army during the mid-1930s, replacing the Glisenti Model 1910 and easing the Bodeo revolver into retirement. The revolver was known by its long form designation as "Pistola a Rotazione, Systema Bodeo, Modello 1889".

The Model 1889 Bodeo proved a most conventional revolver design through and through. It was a solid frame development (featuring a bridge over the cylinder to help make it stronger) with a six-shot rotating cylinder. The hammer protruded from the rear of the frame with the barrel extending ahead in the usual fashion. The weapon was chambered for the unique 10.4x22R Italian Ordnance cartridge with a loading gate set to the right side of the body and an ejector rod fitted under the barrel. The pistol grip was integrated into the frame's design as normal and the grips featured a diamond pattern. A lanyard ring was affixed to the butt of the grip for ease of carrying into combat. The revolver appeared in two general forms - an "infantry-minded" version sporting a folding trigger assembly (lacking a traditional ring guard) and an "officer-minded" version featuring a full trigger guard. The folding trigger option was intended for when the weapon was stowed. Additionally, infantry types were finished with octagonal barrels while officers were issued revolvers with rounded barrels. Despite these distinct variations, models containing both octagonal barrels and trigger rings eventually appeared as well. Otherwise, the Model 1889 followed suit with the many revolvers having proliferated the firearms market throughout the mid-to-late 1800s.©MilitaryFactory.com
The Model 1889 was produced by a bevy of Italian brands throughout its run. This included Castelli, Metallurgica Bresciana (producers of the failed Glisenti Model 1910), Siderurgica Glisenti (original holders of the Model 1906/1910 design), Real Babricca d'Armi and Vincenzo Bernardelli. Manufacture of Bodeo revolvers spanned from 1889 to 1925 and some 200,000 examples were believed produced. The design was attributed to Carlo Bodeo.

When Italy went to war in World War 1, the Model 1889 Bodeo revolver was already embedded as its standard-issue revolver. Due to the large quantities required of the war effort, Errasti and Arrosteguiof Spain were also enlisted to provide additional manufacturing of the type. To this end, production of the gun spiked considerably during this period and, as expected, dwindled in the immediate months following the armistice of November 1918. However, the work was done and the Bodeo would continue to serve in large numbers in the decades following.

Despite the arrival of the semi-automatic Model 1910 Glisenti, the Bodeo survived as a sturdy revolver option into the Italian wars of the 1930s and 1940s. The Glisenti design was doomed by its weak receiver forced to fire a more powerful 9x19mm Glisenti cartridge (with lower charge) to help mimic the performance of the famous 9x19 Parabellum round. The coupling never wholly succeeded and led to the Bodeo revolver and Model 1910 semi-automatic pistols serving concurrently in the lead up to World War 2 (1939-1945). To make up for the short fall that was the Glisenti, the Italian Army adopted the semi-automatic Beretta Model 1934 and it was this design that ultimately resigned the Bodeo to history. The Bodeo revolver did manage to see combat service throughout all of World War 2 and, somewhat amazingly, outlasted the Glisenti Model 1910 in production - the same gun intended to succeed it.©MilitaryFactory.com
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.


Service Year

Kingdom of Italy national flag graphic
Kingdom of Italy


Service Revolver

Various, See Text - Italy / Spain
(View other Arms-Related Manufacturers)
National flag of Italy National flag of the Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
232 mm
9.13 in
Barrel Length
115 mm
4.53 in
Empty Wgt
2.09 lb
0.95 kg



Rotating cylinder

(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


10.4x22R Italian Ordnance

Rounds / Feed

6-shot revolving cylinder
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Muzzle Velocity
836 ft/sec
(255 m/sec)

Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo) - Formal Long Designation; produced in varied forms with rounded or octagonal barrels and folding/open or ring-enclosed triggers.
Model 1889 Bodeo - Alternative short designation

Military lapel ribbon for the American Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Ukranian-Russian War
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2

Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns / operations.

Images Gallery

1 / 4
Image of the Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
2 / 4
Image of the Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
3 / 4
Image of the Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)
Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
4 / 4
Image of the Pistola a Rotazione Modello 1889 (Bodeo)
Side view of the Model 1889 Bodeo revolver sans its lanyard ring under the grip handle


Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2023 Military Pay Chart Military Ranks DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing military medals and ribbons.

View day-by-day actions of the American Civil War with CivilWarTimeline.net. View day-by-day actions of World War II with SecondWorldWarHistory.com.

©2023 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2023 (20yrs)