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Beretta MAB M1938A from my collection

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Beretta MAB M1938A from my collection

#1 Post by M67 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:10 pm

The last submachine gun from the big five (USA, USSR, Great Britain, Germany and Italy). Exceptionally beautiful and high quality designed and machined Beretta MAB M1938A in 19x9 caliber. It has two triggers, one for single and one for automatic fire. This SMG was produced in 1942. It is a little bit to heavy and long but still has great shooting performance. It has two row magazines for 20 and 40 rounds.
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#2 Post by ffuries » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:14 pm

Wow that is sweet. Does it cost a lot to find/own weapons like that over there? And are they hard to find?
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#3 Post by M67 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:01 pm

This submachine gun is quite rare and expensive especially if it is well preserved. If it's an excellent barrel, it's especially expensive. Some years ago, some of them came to sell from Ukraine or Romania, including a Romanian version - Romanian contract from ww2 with Romanian inscriptions. Now they do not get any more, they are soon gone of course. I have two 20 rounds magazine which they were common with this SMG.
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#4 Post by vandle » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:05 am

you are making me very jealous :naughty:
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#5 Post by M67 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:29 am

Why? They are just five of them. Beside rifles, semiautomatic rifles, carbines, pistols and revolvers and I do not have any of MGs.
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#6 Post by indy1919a4 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:25 am

M67 wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:29 am
Why? They are just five of them. Beside rifles, semiautomatic rifles, carbines, pistols and revolvers and I do not have any of MGs.

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#7 Post by indy1919a4 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:34 am

ha ha ha ha I like that you do not have any other MGs... Well at least over here :( .. People have been known to build a whole collections around owning one of those..

SO of the 5... which do you think is the best to shoot...??? And the best from a recreational shooters perspective.. Not necessarily from a war weapon perspective..

Oh do I need to add.. That Beretta is a beauty... I love those WW II sub machine guns that still have a rifle stock look.. I.E the Berretta, MP 41 & Lanchester and are not just made of all stamped metal...

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#8 Post by M67 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:39 am

This is a very complex and difficult question. We can evaluate weapons from several different point of view.

First of all, reliability and combat effectiveness, combat weight, ammunition weight, complexity and production costs, weapons dimensions, shooting range.
If we look from the point of view of the shooter and not combat efficiency, in my opinion, is the best MAB and followed by PPSh, Thompson, MP40 and STEN.
The weight and the dimensions are best for PPSh, followed by STEN, MP40. MAB and the last Thompson.
Reliability is definitely MAB, Thompson, MP40, PPSh, STEN.

The PPSh rate of fire is very high, too high, te MAB is too clumsy, too big, Thompson is like a trezor, STEN is very ugly.
And many other areas. That's just my unprofessional opinion.
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#9 Post by indy1919a4 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:22 pm

Thanks for a very detailed answer.. I have shot a MAB 1938.. I loved it.. yes a bit big.. But it has a very solid feel... I loved the 2 triggers.. If memory serves me the MAB was a very expensive to make originally

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#10 Post by M67 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:43 am

Yes; very true. It was big and expensive. For that reason Italy invented MAB M 38/42 simple and lightweight version.
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