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Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#1 Post by M67 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:24 pm

I have got very old revolver from ww1, finally.
The Bodeo Model 1889 (Italian: Pistola a Rotazione, Sistema Bodeo, Modello 1889) is an Italian revolver named after the head of the Italian firearm commission, Carlo Bodeo. It was produced by a wide variety of manufacturers between 1889 and 1931 in both Spain and Italy.
This revolver produced by MIJA Castelli from Brescia. It is in original condition, all matching but badly preserved. It was not refurbish in 30s. Beside I got one holster. It is from my close area and served during ww1 and probabbly ww2. Revolver has one problem, a broken spring which holds ejecting rod. But for this price it is good investment.

I should clean it.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:34 pm

Do you know if the revolver was stored for years in that holster??? The finish kind of looks it.

And dang it, you guys are forcing me to get these and I have other things to get...

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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#3 Post by M67 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:53 pm

How do you know this? Previous owner kept it many years in that old holster. I know that the finnish is gone but I like it anyway.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#4 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:13 pm

Have seen that finish look before.. always comes from storing inside a holster for years..

I have a couple myself.. and also do like the look..

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I do not know if it is a European leather thing or any leather will do that to stored guns.. But the ones I have found are mostly
war bring backs, The guy tossed in the trunk and it sat there for years..
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#5 Post by Airforce1 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:10 am

The spring seams to be a weak point as I too have one that is broken.

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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#6 Post by indy1919a4 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:13 am

Hey m67 when you get the time I would love to see a photo of inside the pistol handle.. I do like how accessible the parts are to that gun..

Now if it was me in 1915 I would rather have a colt single action.. but it would have been hard to feed in Eastern Europe at the time.. :)

Hey I meant to ask over in your area, do you ever turn old ammunition for this gun also?? Or is that so rare you have no hopes of finding it??

Also a nice little history of the pistol lots of facts in the beginning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UHYQuFW7gM

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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#7 Post by M67 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:53 am

This revolver it is not rare in Slovenia because of historical reason. Isonzo front, italian ocupation zone, ww1 and ww2 Italian presence. I can say that Bodeo is on the first place regarding all models of revolvers. You can find ammo easily.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#8 Post by indy1919a4 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:32 pm

M67 wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:53 am
This revolver it is not rare in Slovenia because of historical reason. Isonzo front, italian ocupation zone, ww1 and ww2 Italian presence. I can say that Bodeo is on the first place regarding all models of revolvers. You can find ammo easily.
Is all the ammo vintage surplus, or do they make new today???

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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#9 Post by M67 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:48 am

First of all- the answer. Ammo 10.35 Italiana Ordonanca is stil avaible.

I would say that this revolver has not been diassembled for a long time. Inside is stil blueing and dirt. But I'm glad that all parts have the same serial numbers , even both wooden grips. The dirty old coyote is so ugly that it is even sympathetic in some way.
I got two cartridges with the revolver. One has LN C-15 on the bottom and it is from ww1, and the second one is from 1936.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#10 Post by M67 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:49 am

and cartridges.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#11 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:45 am

Very Very Nice M67.. A little dirty.. many thanks for the inside look.. It looks solid. Yeah this finish is worn but I do like the look also.. Thanks for showing the Cartridges,..

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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#12 Post by 72 usmc » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:51 am

Interesting cartridges, never saw those at a gun show.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#13 Post by M67 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:57 am

72 usmc wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:51 am
Interesting cartridges, never saw those at a gun show.

I found another one 10,35 mm cartridge and it is from new FIOCHI production. I should try test fire with that cartridge.
So, I have LN C-15 from ww1, the second one is from 1936 and the third is new FIOCHI. There are consctruction differences between them.
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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#14 Post by indy1919a4 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:10 am

wow the new FIOCHI round looks like it has some age on it.. I would have never guessed it was new.. Thanks for the update

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Re: Revolver Bodeo Castelli 1917

#15 Post by 72 usmc » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:25 am

Yes, great info Thank You.AZA
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