Ansaldo Crocetti


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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