Beretta Model 38

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The Beretta Model 38, also known as Moschetto Automatico Beretta 38 (literally "automatic rifle Beretta") or MAB, for short, was designed by Tullio Marengoni in 1935 and can trace it linage back to the Villar Perosa Machine Gun. The Beretta 38 was introduced in 1938 as the official sub machine gun of the Italian Army. It was a very robust weapon weighing in at 9 pounds 13 oz. fully machined forging and finely finished. The Model 38A was manufactured from 1938 to 1942 when the simplified Beretta Model 38/42 was introduced. The Model 38/42 was made from stampings and a rolled steel receiver to increase war time production. The Model 38/42 was produced from 1942 to 1944. The Beretta Model 38/44 was introduced in 1944 by the German controlled production line to German troops as a substitute standard. That model was in production from 1944 to 1949 and was issued to the Italian Army and Police after the war between 1945 and 1962.

The Beretta Model 38 appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Beretta Model 38A

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm

Specifications

(1938 - 1950)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber(s): 9×19mm
  • Weight: 9.26 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 37.2 in (94.6 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 12.4 in (31.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 10, 20, 30, or 40-Round Detachable Box Magazine
  • Fire Modes: ??

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Attention! Bandits! (Achtung! Banditi!) Giuseppe Taffarel Commander Vento 1951
Vittorio Duse Domenico
Italian cacciatori and partisans
Our Man Flint James Coburn Derek Flint With removed barrel shroud 1965
Our Man Flint Fake and real guards in Z.O.W.I.E. building With removed barrel shroud 1965
Pasha (Le Pacha) Quinquin's henchmen 1968
The Battle of Neretva Italian troops, Ustasha and partisans 1969
The Pacifist (La pacifista) Italian Carabinieri 1970
Borsalino and Co. Adolfo Lastretti Luciano 1974
Borsalino and Co. Siffredi henchmen 1974
The Cassandra Crossing Soldiers 1976
The Gods Must Be Crazy Terrorist leader Sam Boga 1980
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) Daniel Olbrychski Davorin 1981
Igor Hajdarhodzic Lovre
Italian troops, Tito´s partisans
The Sicilian An outlaw Two inverted Beretta M38A visually modified to resemble Villar-Perosa SMG 1987
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Christian Bale Mandras 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Nicolas Cage Captain Antonio Corelli 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Italian infantry and Carabinieri 2001
El Alamein - The Line of Fire Italian soldiers and officers 2002
Miracle at St. Anna Sergio Albelli Rodolfo 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Italian partisans 2008
New Kids Turbo Tim Haars Gerrie 2010

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Medal of Honor Allied Assault: Breakthrough 2002
Forgotten Hope 2003
Silent Storm 2003
Forgotten Hope 2 2005
Mafia II ".38 SMG" 2010


Beretta Model 38/42

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
Beretta Model 38/44 - 9x19mm. This model replaced the 38/42 and features an unfluted barrel and lacks the recoil spring extension from the back of the receiver.

Specifications

(1942 - 1945)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber(s): 9×19mm
  • Weight: 7.21 lbs (3.27 kg)
  • Length: 31.5 in (80 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 8.39 in (21.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 10, 20, 30, or 40-Round Detachable Box Magazine
  • Fire Modes: ??

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Consider All Risks (Classe tous risques) Italian police 1960
The Last Adventure Hans Meyer The Mercenary 1967
OSS 117 - Double Agent (Niente rose per OSS 117) Tuaregs guard 1968
Ho! Stéphane Fey Schwartz-younger M38/44 1968
Pasha (Le Pacha) Quinquin's henchmen M38/42 and M38/44 1968
The Battle of Neretva Italian troops, Serbian chetniks and partisans 1969
The Olsen Gang in a Fix Bavarian mobster 1969
How I Unleashed World War II Waclaw Kowalski Sgt. Kiedros 1970
Marian Kociniak Pvt Franek Dolas
Italian soldiers
Execution Squad (La polizia ringrazia) Carabinieri 1972
Almost Human Italian Police 1974
Rabid Dogs Police 1974
Silent Action Police and terrorists 1975
Violent City (Roma violenta) Italian Police 1975
Libera, My Love (Libera, amore mio ...) Claudia Cardinale Libera Valente handed to the partisans 1975
Libera, My Love (Libera, amore mio ...) Italian partisans 1975
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man Italian Police 1976
Rome Armed to the Teeth Italian Police 1976
The Big Racket Salvatore Borghese Sgt. Salvatore Velasci 1976
The Big Racket Italian Police 1976
Goodbye and Amen Italian SWAT 1978
Fracchia the Human Beast (Fracchia la belva umana) Carabinieri 1981
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) Daniel Olbrychski Davorin 1981
Miodrag Krivokapic Andro
Igor Hajdarhodzic Lovre
Italian troops, Tito´s partisans
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Sean Connery Henry Jones, Sr. mocked-up as a Villar-Perosa Mod 15 1989

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Legend of the Living Dead (Legenda o živých mrtvých) Renáta Doleželová Helena mocked-up as MP41 1971
Stanislav Zindulka Tony Adler
German and ROA soldiers

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Franco 2008

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Silent Storm Suppressed & Unsuppressed 2003
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One 2005

Fake Villar-Perosa M1915 SMG

Fake "Villar Perosa" SMG. Photo from Long Mountain Outfitters web site.

Movie armorers often use Beretta Model 38 variants to mock-up Villar-Perosa M1915 SMG. The most known example is a hand-held variant made by movie armorer Bapty & Co. which was used in several productions.

Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Sicilian, The An outlaw fitted with wooden stock for off-hand use; a Bapty & Co. mock-up made of: two visually modified inverted Beretta M38A, Bren front grip and a trigger group from an MG42. 1987
Batman Joker's goon fitted with wooden stock for off-hand use; a Bapty & Co. mock-up made of: two visually modified inverted Beretta M38A, Bren front grip and a trigger group from an MG42. 1987
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Sean Connery Prof. Henry Jones Mounted on the biplane; a mock-up made of two upside-down Beretta Model 38/42 submachine guns. 1987



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