Two specimens of Beretta small pistols were presented here today. First of all, there is the model 34 of Tipo Alleggerito in .380. This was due to a peculiarity in Italian legislation that banned civil sales of small-scale military armaments. Tipo Alleggerito Beretta: Because Italian Gun Laws are Wacky.
Tipo Alleggerito Beretta: Because Italian Gun Laws are Wacky
A few years before it was adopted by the Italian military, Beretta commercially sold the 1934 model and it became, in effect, a military weapon, which forbade future commercial distribution. Beretta complained to his government that they should be able to sell them again, citing two somewhat unusual arguments.
Firstly, it stated that 380 was a high-level weapon and thus more adapted to a close-range than a long one. Second, pistols below 600g (about 21 ounces) have been largely considered as civil. Following this second argument, they produced the 1934s model with enough material reduced from the barrels to weigh under 600 g (“Tipo Alleggerito”) for a limited quantity of lightweight models.
However, both arguments were dismissed by the Italian Government and the weapons were never really produced.
The second pistol is a model 1935 variant of aluminium alloy framed in.32ACP. The Italian military didn’t employ the model, therefore it was fair to sell to the civilian market. In 1940 Beretta used aluminium framework for a lighter pistol, and this is one of them, and he created tiny number of weapons.
They did test this on the 1934 model calibre 380, but found it a little too hefty to last for the barrel seat. After World War II, the tiny Beretta pistols produced commercially made this type of aluminium frame ubiquitous, but the design was invented before the war.