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I saw that someone complains about the lack of historical facts about the Glisenti Mod.1910, I know somethimgs and, if you like it, I want to tell them there.
The designer was Bethel Abiel Revelli, a former artillery officer. The technical drawings of the gun was sold to the Company of Brescia "Glisenti". In 1907 the Glisenti sold the project to the "Metallurgica Bresciana Tempini", that was the only manufacturer of the Mod. 1910. The "Metallurgica Bresciana" was equipped with excellent machinery purchased by Ludwig Loewe of Berlin and Mr. Tempini was in contact with Paul Mauser and Georg Luger. For this reason, perhaps,the first model of the automatic pistol Glisenti was manufactured in caliber 7,65 with a bottle-shaped cartridge case identical to the 7.65 Parabellum (30 Luger), but with less powder charge. This cartridge was insufficient to military uses and the pistol, in fact, was refused in 1909 to an official announcement for a semiautomatic pistol.
The caliber was changed in 9 mm. This last round was identical in shape to the cartridge 9 Parabellum caliber, but, again, with less powder charge.
This calibre was accepted by Military and the weapon was adopted in the Italian Army in 1910 as “Pistola Automatica Modello 1910”.
The total production of 1910 model was around 32,000 pieces. The entire supply was handed the Italian Army before World War I and the gun was the "baptism of fire" during the war of Libya, between the Kingdom of Italy and the Ottoman Empire, began September 28, 1911 and ending October 18, 1912.
The lots of guns were 2,000 units each, always preceded by a letter. The letters go from “A” to “R”, without “J” e “K”, missing letters in the alphabet Italian.
On the right side of the gun, above, is stamped the serial number of the weapon and, in a circle, C/Fab1910. “Fab” means “Fabbrica d’Armi di Brescia” (Weapons Factory – Brescia) and 1910 indicates the year of adoption of the weapon. Interestingly is the fact that on the first 5000 pistols, from A1 to C1000, circa, there is, in a circle “C/Fab 1909", rather “C/Fab1910”; this means an acquisition before the official adoption. This gun was very well manufactured. The magazine is a masterpiece of efficiency. If you seek its cartridges is very pleasant to shoot, very accurate and safe use.
The materials used are excellent (less than the grips, which is ebonite), the workmanship is impeccable as for the Lugers.
Pay attention, if you remove the firing pin, the sear is screwed with the thread counter-clockwise.
Cari Amici, cordialissimi saluti
Giuliano
P.S. the second to last photo shows a cartridge cal 9 Glisenti dismantled and the last shows two packages of cartridges, cal 9 Glisenti always, distributed to the troops during I WW.
Giuliano
 

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Grazie per la lezione, professore!
Nice presentation for a underappreciated handgun.
Abraços,

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Excellent presentation! I have owned two Glisentis in my life, and I regret not being able to keep them (I needed trading material for Lugers!:)). They are well made and interesting guns. However, I never could find one that still had the "tool" under the left grip.
 

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Grazie per la lezione, professore!
Nice presentation for a underappreciated handgun.
Abraços,

Douglas
Dear Douglas, obrigado pelo elogio!
But I'm not a professor, I like only communicate what I know in the field that we are passionate. I hope to be helpful in describing this old lady.
Yes, the Model 1910 is a weapon not appreciated by us in Italy also. Everything comes from the fact that people want to use the more powerful 9 Parabellum rather than the cartrige Glisenti cal 9.
Dear Douglas, um abraço para você também !!
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Dear Dave, thank you for your kind words.
Dear Ron, it is possible that I have a tool. If you want, I can send it you as a gift.
I'll tell you that it is a gift why another German member of Furum wrote to me to find out handbooks on Italian revolver Model 1874 and 1889. I answered that I knew nothing and that I could send a brochure on these revolvers, obviously as a gift.
The man replied me no more ..... I have been very bad about it !!
Guys, excuse me for having vented.
Cordialissimi saluti a tutti
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A consideration for Douglas: the Modello 1910 has been little appreciated for two main reasons: the very high cost and the low power of the cartridge caliber 9 Glisenti.
The first reason has motif to be: the Modello 1910 was actually very expensive.
The second absolutely not. In fact, this gun was replaced during I I World War by the pistols Beretta, Mod. 15, caliber 7.65 mm Browning and 9 Glisenti. The first cartrige was much less potent than the 9 Glisenti, which was also chambered for the Beretta.
Other criticisms are completely unjustified.
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Giuliano
 

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Great information. I see you have the correct lanyard for the Glisenti M1910, it is only the second one I have ever seen. Are they common in Italy? I have a second Gllisenti M1910 and a Brixia that need one. The holsters are also uncommon. Thank you for sharing this information, these are very interesting and well made pistols.
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Dear Dean, the lanyard is not common in Italy, indeed, it is rare. I have only this. It is in silk. In past years, holsters were relatively common, but now absolutely no.
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Giuliano,
Great pictures and presentation. Thank you for sharing, it is important when collecting firearms or anything. The forum gives us that opportunity. Again thanks and God bless. art.
Giuliano,
I just remembered what I was going to ask. Is the Glisenti and Brixia (my spelling may be wrong) magazines interchangeable? art
 

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Giuliano:
Great information about M1910 Glisenti pistols!
Especially helpful are production numbers, which seem to be very low.
I always thought that these came in 10000 /letter blocks.
Now, that I know that they were made in 2000/letter blocks, they seem to be much rarer pistols then I had anticipated.
By the way, where can one find a grip for one of these?
(my left grip is cracked and I need a new one)
Thanks!
Val
 

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Giuliano,
Thank you for your most generous offer, but I no longer have a Glisenti to go with the tool. Your kindness is most appreciated.
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Dear Art, the magazines are not interchangeable. The magazine holder on the Mod 1910 is a button, in the Brixia is a leaf spring attached on the back of the magazine.

Dear Val, this gun is always considered a "Cinderella", but it is not. Unfortunately I can not help you with the grip.

Dear Ron, I think that on the Forum we are all Friends !
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WOW, Giuliano!! You have a Glisenti 1910 rig too!! You are the 'go to guy' for Italian handguns, my friend!!!!!

Your information is only surpassed by your kindness!

Cordialissimi saluti a tutti,
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Dear Dave, I am very pleased to hear you!!
Many thanks for your kind words.
Saluti cordialissimi a tutti in Famiglia
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Dear Jason, I hope you bring the Glisenti. I saw the pistol. It seems to me in very good conditions. The left grip is intact and that is rare on a Glisenti.
I think that Lugers, P.38 and other pistols are .... very common and widespread. If you search one of this, you find it. The Glisenti in a very good conditions as is this, is difficult to find.
Dear Jason, let me know.
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Dear Klaus, I thank you for the appreciation, however, I must thank you: I enjoy myself.
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Hi Giuliano and thanks for this great information.
I recently got a pretty nice Glisenti N1425, and was wondering:
1) how do you recognise the original bakelite grips - mine seem to be plastic replacements, though I am not 100% sure;
2) If there is some possibility to find either an original takedown tool or a reproduction, mine being missing.
rgds,
Andrei
 
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