Ansaldo Crocetti



After the demonstration of the FIAT submachine gun in late 1916, the Italian Army commissioned several firms to adapt the twin-barreled Villar Perosa into a single-barreled, shoulder-fired submachine gun. Ansaldo was one of the contracted parties and their submission was known as the Moschetto Automatico Crocetti after its designer Enrico Crocetti. It featured a fire selector and could give automatic fire or single shots, but otherwise very little is known about the design. The weapon was tested by the Italian Army in 1918 and may have actually been issued in small numbers for field trials, although the Italian Army seems to have decided against purchasing it in favour of the Revelli-Beretta carbine. The Crocetti was tested again in the early 1920s, although this was predominantly a comparative trial to determine the effectiveness of the 9mm Glisenti cartridge against the newly-developed 7.65mm intermediate rifle cartridge.

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