Friday, November 27, 2015

Assault Rifles

Balilla; Italian gun for the youth

A 1938 Grazian Balilla (top) and a late 1941 Grazian Balilla (bottom). The magazine of the 1941 model was almost identical to that of the FNA and Castelli Balillas, but the larger magazine was unique to Grazian production.
The magazine on early Grazian Balillas was made of a weak alloy that was easily damaged. By 1939, it was replaced by a steel magazine.
Here you can see a 1938 Grazian Balilla’s bolt action. The bolt itself is made of bronze, as can be seen where the surface finish has worn off. Also note the factory stampings at the front of the receiver.
The buttplate of the 1941 Grazian (left) is an exact copy of the regulation item. The bronze buttplate of this 1938 Grazian (right) has a significantly different profile.
This 1941 Grazian’s receiver ring has no logo stamping. It’s not common for a Balilla to lack a logo. Note the hectometer markings on the rear sight.
Except for their reduced size, the bayonet, bracket and front sight are virtually indistinguishable from that of the regulation service carbine.


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