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Beretta BM59
300px-Mitragliatrice fucile FAL BM 59
A BM59 with a bipod

Type

Battle rifle

Place of origin

Italy

In service

1959-1997 (Italian service)

Wars

Anti-guerrilla operations in Indonesia, Falklands War, Somalia Civil War

Designer

Pietro Beretta

Designed

1950s

Manufacturer

Beretta, Bandung Weapons Factory, Defence Industries Corporation

Produced

1959

Cartridge

7.62x51 mm NATO

Feed system

20-round detachable box magazine

The Beretta BM59 is an Italian-made rifle based on the M1 Garand rifle with the main addition of having a detachable magazine and a selective fire. It was adopted in 1959 and served with Italian, Argentinian, Indonesian and Moroccan armies. In the early 1980s, semi-automatic versions were imported to the USA and sold to private collectors. It should be noted that earliest BM59s were manufactured from available US manufactured M1 parts, including re-chambered barrels.

In 1990, the BM59 was replaced in Italian service by the Beretta AR70/90 assault rifles.

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