Beretta BM59

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Beretta BM59 "Truppe Alpine" - 7.62x51mm NATO
Beretta BM-59 Civilian Model - 7.62x51mm NATO. The Grenade Launcher, Gas Cut off and bipod were removed for civilian sales outside of the U.S. Within the U.S. the military characteristics (sans the select fire option) remained on the rifle for private sales.

The Beretta BM59 is an Italian made rifle based on the M1 Garand. Designed in the 1950s, the BM59 utilizes the Garand's action, but adds such features as: a detachable box magazine-feed system, select fire, a bipod and a combination flash hider / rifle grenade launcher. The BM59 was the service rifle of the Italian Army from 1959-1990 and was also used by the Algerian, Argentine, Bahrain, Ethiopian, Indonesian, Libyan, Moroccan and Nigerian armed forces. It must also be noted this rifle was also manufactured in Nigeria under licence from Beretta issued with a distinctive stock.

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Specifications

(1959 - 1990)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber(s): 7.62x51 mm NATO
  • Weight: 9.70 lbs (4.4 kg)
  • Length: 43.1 in (109.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 19.3 in (49.1 cm)
  • Capacity: 20-round box
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The Beretta BM59 has been used in the following productions:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Patton US Army soldiers Appears as a M1 Carbine 1970
We Want the Colonels (Vogliamo i colonnelli) Italian soldiers In documentary footage 1973
Deathcheaters Various Henchmen Mocked up as an M14 1976
Illustrious Corpses (Cadaveri eccellenti) Italian soldiers Standard and folding stock 1976
A Rumor of War US Marines Mocked up as an M14 1980
A Rumor of War Brad Davis Lt. Philip Caputo Mocked up as an M14 1980

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Mission: Impossible Peter Lupus Willy Armitage "The Mercenaries" (S03E04) 1968
Mission: Impossible William Lucking Corporal Stohlman "The Mercenaries" (S03E04) 1968
Mission: Impossible mercenaries "The Mercenaries" (S03E04) 1968
Mission: Impossible - Season 5 Eastern European guard "The Amateur" (S5E09) 1970
S.W.A.T. James Keach Arlie Warren "A Coven Of Killers" (S1E02) 1975-1976
T.J. Hooker Kristoffer Tabori Kevin Wyman "Terror at the Academy" (S2E11) 1982
Miami Vice Michael Talbott Det. Stan Switek 1984 - 1989

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Padania Terrorists 2008



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