More Italian Trials Rifles

Previously, we looked at the Breda Model 39, an Italian rifle that competed against what would become the Beretta BM-59 in a bid to be the Italian military rifle of the 1950s and ’60s. TFB friend Trevor Weston sends along more photos of three Italian rifles that are not well known today. The first two are Beretta-made licensed-produced copies of the 7.62mm  SG 510-4 rifle, the more conventional one being the first Chilean contract rifle of 13,000 made by the company for that country. The other is a Beretta-made “improvement” of the 510, called the BL-62, with a combined buttstock and pistol grip.

Rifle C

Rifle A

The third rifle is most unusual, and I’m not rightly sure what it is. It appears to be based on the pre-war Polish Wz. 38M rifle, but chambered for 7.62 NATO, a pistol grip (and what looks to be a grip safety), bipod, and rifle-grenade launching capability! The rifle was apparently produced by Beretta, but whether the designer was the same as the Polish rifle, or someone basing their work on that weapon is unknown.

Rifle B

If any of our readers have any more information on this third “mystery rifle”, please let us know!

Thanks, Trevor!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • SP mclaughlin

    That Beretta stock compliments the SG510 quite better than the original imo

  • Tyler McCommon

    Some ugly ass guns right there.

  • andrey kireev

    What’s up with Italians making ugly guns…..maybe they should just stick to making cars….

    • ostiariusalpha

      You should consider that you are actually looking at Swiss & Polish guns here. The Italians changed the initial designs very little, as far as aesthetics go. Though I think those 510 derivatives have a nice retro-futuristic charm to them.

      • andrey kireev

        ARX-100 still looks like a pregnant fish…

        • Twilight sparkle

          Maybe that’s one reason why they ended up choosing the bm59 over these? :p

          I don’t hate how the arx-100 looks, but when I hold it my hand want to barf

        • ostiariusalpha

          Hard to argue against that, but the AR70/90 is a good looking, reliable rifle. It fulfills the potential that was so promising in the AR-18 before it’s production ended.

    • itallianstattion

      beretta, perazzi, cesare guarani and a whole host of others, beretta is the oldest firearms company in the world

      some people would argue that Italy is THE gun manufactoring country
      everybody else is just copying them
      there are makers just as prestigoues as Holland and Holland and whatnot
      and you don’t have to deal with the snotty english attitude.
      who needs a bolt gun anyway? a real gentleman uses a double

    • Anonymoose

      The SG510s are Swiss, and they aren’t pretty at all. The 540 and 550 are sexy, though.

  • Renegade

    I dunno, I kinda like the BL-62… looks like something that would have been used in Firefly.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Definitely, between the BL-62 and the FN Universal Carbine prototype that was chambered in 7.93 Kurz, you’d feel right at home in Fallout.

      • Secundius

        @ ostiariusalpha.

        There’s a Pakistani company called Pathan that makes a Short-Shorty AK in 7.92×33 Kurz. Called the “44-Bore”, There’s Company Run Store in Midland, TX…

  • Twilight sparkle

    I much prefer the bm59 to these.

  • Lance

    Luckily the Italians looked past these VERY heavy and bulky designs and went with the BM-59, which still sees some use in the Italian Navy these days.

  • jerry

    I have a breda of 39a mag only, what’s it worth?
    Can send pics

  • Don Ward

    That is a finicky looking weapon. And not at all what I expect from an Italian weapon. It should be curvy and sexy.

  • jcitizen

    Two of those rifles look more like they are from a SIG AMT family.

    • jcitizen

      These were available to civilians when I was a kid, and I was in love with them. I ended up with an HBMG instead – oh well *

  • Secundius

    I’d LOVE to have the Beretta BM-59 Mk. 1 Para Model in .30-06, if it weren’t for the price. But I understand that Indonesia has a License to produce the BM-59 in .30-06 called the SP-1 produced by PT.Pindad (the Bandung Weapons Factory) in Bandung, Indonesia…