Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy

Giorgio O
by Giorgio O

The Beretta M12, with its variants, has over 60 years of history, and it’s one of the most iconic SMG models in Europe. Recently Beretta gave it an heir with the more modern PMX. The book by Carlo Canterini “From the Beretta M12 Machine Gun to the PMX” details this journey.

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Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy

Dalla Pistola Mitragliatrice Beretta M12 alla PMX

The book, released in February 2024, is currently available only in Italian, a detail that may sound far from ideal to most TFB readers. However, thanks in large part to its 550 pictures, it may still be a valuable resource for collectors and historians not familiar with the language.

A military history-focused online bookshop carrying the book (ISBN code 9788832033120) offers the following English translation to the foreword by M. L. Scomazzoni (Curator of the Historical Museum of War in Rovereto, Italy):

The author, thanks to meticulous and painstaking work, succeeds in this difficult objective with this work mainly focused on one of the most famous Italian weapons of the second half of the 20th century. Carlo Canterini’s profound passion and knowledge for mechanics emerges, which manifests itself in an almost obsessive attention to details and construction modifications that have characterized the evolution of this weapon. In the description of the accessories, their development and use, the background of the instructor and the user emerges who takes advantage of these descriptions to talk to us about the various departments and bodies that were equipped with the machine guns examined in this work. This book is a real mine of detailed and detailed unpublished information (prototypes, operating diagrams, variants, accessories), in particular on the special models and foreign versions of the BERETTA M12. This is an unmissable work for ballistics experts and hoplologists. However, it is not an exquisitely “technical” book for professionals only.

Paperback, 21 x 30 cm. page 359 with over 500 color and black and white illustrations, summary technical diagrams

Printed in 2024 by Arnaud

The book is divided into seven main chapters that can be translated as follows:

  1. Beretta PM 12 – The dean of all submachineguns
  2. Submachinegun Beretta M12
  3. Evolution of the Beretta M12 SMG
  4. Use and maintenance of the Beretta M12, PM12S, PM12SD, and PM12S2
  5. Clones and authorized and non-authorized copies of the Beretta M12 and PM12 SMGs
  6. Carbine Beretta CX4 Storm ancestor of the military version MX Storm
  7. Submachinegun Beretta PMX

An English version is not in the plan at the moment, and should this edition be successful, it may be considered in the future.

Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy
Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy
Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy
Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy
Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy
Book on Beretta's Submachineguns' History Published in Italy

All pictures courtesy of Carlo Canterini.

Giorgio O
Giorgio O

Italian firearm enthusiast, Giorgio has a passion for innovative or plainly unusual mechanical solutions. He's also interested in manufacturing technologies with a recent focus on additive manufacturing.You can contact him at giorgio_o at zoho dot com and you'll find him in the comments section as Giolli Joker.

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  • Michael Leighton Smith Michael Leighton Smith on Mar 22, 2024

    The model 12S is my hands-down favorite subgun. A little quirky with the grip safety, but it is smooooooth! Perfect rate of fire! With a decent can on the front, it is a life changing experience. When I was with AAC we had Tim Bixler of SCRC make some 12S specific Mk-25K suppressors. With one of those on a 12S, it chugs along silently. Best subgun experience ever!

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    • Giolli Joker Giolli Joker on Mar 25, 2024

      @iksnilol The Indonesian one manufactured by Pindad and presented at Shot.
      It is one of the clones discussed in the book as well.

  • Brettbaker Brettbaker on Mar 23, 2024

    Paging Headstamp Publishing....