Armaguerra Last-Ditch M35 Pistol

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When Italy signed an armistice with the Allied powers in 1944, the German military took over control of several Italian arms factories still in their geographic control. These included Beretta and Armaguerra, in Cremona. The German military was happy to use Italian pistols and submachine guns, and under their control the Armaguerra plant set up a production line for the Beretta M35 pistol, in .32ACP (7.65mm Browning). Only about 400 were made before the end of the war, and they show very crude machining, typical of “last ditch” arms worldwide. Curiously, the safety markings were reversed on these guns, compared to the standard Beretta production…

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