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This is one of the most uncommon Italian pistols, developed by “Meccanica Bresciana già Tempini” in order to replace the “Pistola Automatica Modello 1910”, known worldwide as Glisenti. No info are available on production data, estimed in 12000, and in serial numbers. Italian collectors call it Brixia, latin name of Brescia, but official choice was “Pistola Automatica Modello 1912”. There is an official handbook of the Navy titled “Pistola 1913 Modello Regia Marina” (1913 Pistol Royal Navy Model). The improved Brixia mechanism allowed it to shoot 9 mm parabellum ammo. I’m trying to create a serial number data base. My Brixia is #D860, while Jan Still in Axis Pistols shows #C507. I have seen #C392 and #C647.
Brixia owners in the Forum, please post here your serial numbers!
Loriano





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My "Brix" rig. Below: different internal mechanism between Brixia (above) and Glisenti



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Loriano,
I am glad someone is collecting info on these interesting pistols. I don't have one in my collection and have only seen a few for sale here. Have you found any information that these were purchased or used by the Italian army? I have read that they were used and I have read that they were only tested but not authorized.
Another question if I may, have you seen any Glisenti or Brixia with the Crown over RE markings? Do you know when the practice of marking handguns with the Crown/RE started?
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Hello Dean!
About your questions: I've never seen a Brixia or a Glisenti crown/RE marked. They usually bear only inspector markings. Some Brixias were anchor marked from the Navy, but they are quite scarce. Brixia was developed after the 1910-1911 colonial wars in Africa, when we realized that Glisenti mechanism was too weak. But there was no time: war stopped model changing. I believe that all Brixias were forced into service. A further version was developed after the war. We call it Model 1920 and it is a long barrelled version with serrated grip and holster stock broomhandle style. Extremely rare, perhaps no more of 2 dozens produced. Again: crowned RE was first punched on Beretta 23.
 

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loriano
Thanks for your excellent Glisenti photographs. These Brixia and Glisenti photographs were on the old Forum before it was destroyed. Am reposting them below.
Jan


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Figure 1B. Left side, Brixia, serial number C 507.


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Figure 2B. Right side, Brixia, serial number C 507.


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Figure 3B. Front of frame and bottom of barrel, Brixia, serial number C 507.


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Figure 4B. Top hallmark, Brixia, serial number C 507.


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Figure 5G. Left side, Glisenti, serial number F / 1697.


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Figure 6G. Right side, Glisenti, serial number F / 1697.


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Figure 7G. Details right side, Glisenti, serial number F / 1697.


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Figure 8G. Front of frame and bottom of barrel, Glisenti, serial number F / 1697.


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Figure 9G. Top hallmark, Glisenti, serial number F / 1697.
 

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PAOLO
Thanks for your data: Three Brixias for a single collector! It's difficult to find one, so three....E307 is highest number at this moment.
Jan
Beautiful photos. Your Glisenti has wood checkered grips. They were introduced into service in 1912 (the left grip was too weak) so your pistol as a post 1912 production or grips were arsenal replaced after breakage
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Ah! The "TM" in a circle - same inspector mark I found on a full size (9rd.) Ruby pistol. The 7rd. Rubys were "RP" marked.

Sorry - I am interested in the Spanish made pistols that went to Italy during WWI.
 

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Here is my Glisenti. The serial number is L1296. It has the chip at the corner of the left grip. I would guess this is from disassembly.
Hey Loriano, do you have extra wood grips? I have a friend whos Glisenti has a left grip that is broken in half and he can't find original grips.
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Dean,
I hope you have better luck with those grips for your friend... I have been looking for the black plastic/hard rubber grips for 42 years!! I can't even find a Glisenti that has been broken down for parts!!

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Dave, I know what you mean! I was hoping Loriano might have better luck in Italy with the wood ones.
Loriano,
Maybe you can help me figure this out. I have read that the wood grips were on the later pistols while the early ones had the black ones. I have also read that the enlisted mans pistol had the wood ones and the officers had the black ones. Were the wood ones put on the pistols at the factory or added by the military as replacements?
Thanks for any info on this.
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Dave,
I'll take a look around. It's not impossible to find. I know one or two armouries specialized in spare parts. If I find the grips I'll e-mail you.
Bob
we imported a lot of pistols and revolver from Spain in WWI. I wrote an article on a monthly journal, "ARMI MAGAZINE", with production data and known gunmakers. If I find it I'll scan the pages to you (sorry, you must learn Italian!).
Dean,
really a nice gun, in beautiful shape. About your question: you're right, hard rubber grips (ebanite, a new material) on early pistols, wood grips later. This occurred in 1912 because, as I wrote, left grip has an unlucky profile at the corner (you know it). Only officers and NCOs were armed with handguns, semiauto or revolvers (Bodeo). Machine gunners and Military Police too obtained official pistols (usually revolvers). Wood grips were put on pistols at the factory or were arsenal replacement, but there was a large number of ebanite grips and we used them after 1912 on many pistols.
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Loriano,
Great info!!. I hope you can find those black grips....I have really searched all the gun parts places around... I even used to cut up confiscated pistols for the Police Dept. Never found a Glisenti!!
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Loriano - I would love to see a copy of your article. I do pretty well reading French, Spanish, and I wade my way through some Dutch, so the Italian shouldn't be too hard to read. Actually, some of the roughest reading I have ever had was some British journals; some of that "Queen's English" is a bit hard to wade through ----
 

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Loriano,

The S/N of my Brixia is C576. It has a crown DS stamped at the rear of the trigger guard & on the magazine.

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I' m sorry for my first response to your question (brixia data base)in the bad place.So I tell you back the sn of the Brixia:E 747
In other respects it is possible to find on internet those sn in addition to yours A 762,A 838,B 896,E 307 and E 565
 

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Hello Loriano

In case you are looking serial number data on the M1910 Glisenti , I recently picked up serial number 1451M

Best regards. Mike
 
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