This submachine gun was developed by the
aircraft firm of Giovanni Ansaldo in response to a commission by the
Italian High Command. The designer was Enrico Crocetti. It was submitted
to SMG trials in 1917 and competed against the Fiat-Revelli prototype and
the Beretta SMG. The latter gun won out and was adopted by the Italian
Army in 1918. In the early 1920s, further trials were arranged, and the
Crocetti gun was again tested, however this time it was beaten by the
Revelli-OVP submachine gun. The Crocetti design was then abandoned.
Unfortunately, no photographs and very few records of the Crocetti have
survived, but it is most likely that it was based on the Villar Perosa.
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