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Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

Article about: I've now acquired several small-caliber - mostly 7.65 mm/.32 cal. - pistols either bearing the Waffenamt stamp, or in the case of the Beretta, simply a wartime example used by Germany's ally

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    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

    I've now acquired several small-caliber - mostly 7.65 mm/.32 cal. - pistols either bearing the Waffenamt stamp, or in the case of the Beretta, simply a wartime example used by Germany's ally. I've previously posted the French MAB and the late-war CZ 27 so here will compare the latter to an earlier example that has unfortunately been nickeled or chromed, likely by its postwar G.I. owner.

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    Unfortunately the bright finish made photographing it difficult; above, the Waffenamt stamp and below, the marking even on the bottom of the magazine.

    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

    According to George Markham's Guns of the Reich, "About 16,000 guns had been made prior to 1939, and 5,000 were assembled from existing parts under HWaA supervision; these all had standard CZ marks. The factory was then renamed Bohmische Waffenfabrik, the marking dies changed and production resumed until the 'fnh' code was approved in June."

    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

    Below, in addition to the new three-letter code "fnh" the old CZ logo has been removed from the grips of the later parkerized-finish late-war CZ 27/Pistole Modell 27.

    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

    A comparison of the barrel markings below clearly shows the Bohmische Waffenfabrik A. G. in Prag marking which has been removed from the later pistol.

    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

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    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols


    Unlike the MAB or the CZ 27 which are both 7.65 the Mo 1934 Italian Beretta is in 9mm corto or short and fires easily-available modern .380 automatic ammunition. This one is marked in its year of manufacture, 1940, also the XVIII year of the Fascist Era.

    Axis Small-Calibre Automatic Pistols

    Unfortunately this example has been well-used and apparently stored where it allowed rust and pitting to occur on the pistol's right side as can be seen below.

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    Nice examples James. The one sided pitting on the Berretta is quite interesting.

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    Nice pistols, but what a shame about the nickel plating on the CZ 27!
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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    Nice pistols, but what a shame about the nickel plating on the CZ 27!
    True, but I suppose it's all a part of its history, and fortunately doesn't affect it's performance in any way - I've fired all these except the Beretta which I just bought the ammunition for and hope to rectify soon!

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    A nice little collection of interesting weapons - thanks for posting

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