Beretta M1918/30 and Beretta Bolt Comparison

This weekend we took a look at a Beretta 1918/30 carbine, as well as a couple later Beretta SMG bolts. The 1918/30 is rather unusual in that is was designed specifically as a semiauto firearm, and uses a hammer mechanism instead of the much more common fixed firing pin setup generally found on pistol-caliber military carbines and SMGs. Let’s have a look:

You can find a gallery of photos of the 1918/30 on the Beretta 1918/30 page in the Vault…


  1. Thanks for the video, Ian. It provides an excellent insight on a little known Beretta gun. Btw, I was under the impression that the M 1918/30 sold to the Argentinean police were in 9×19 Luger. Can anyone please confirm (or disconfirm) this info?

  2. So if the rear plug is not properly screwed in the bolt won’t fully close and can cause a headspace problem ?! Or maybe it has a built in safety to clear that issue?

    Trigger guard has a nice extended front portion. I wonder was it intended to be convenient to use with gloves or it’s just for “aesthetics” ?

  3. Hrachya, maybe the first. Interestingly, the trigger guard seems to lack the flowery extension which was a carryover from the Italian Vetterli rifles (it looked rather archaic in a gun produced in the early 1930s…). It has the shape of the trigger guard commonly used in the M 1918 and the M 1918/30 Berettas – maybe it is a late production batch of M 1918/30, as it lacks the afore-mentioned extension, as seen here:

  4. Ruy
    Well noted ! I imagine how bad that extension (on earlier guns from your link) would catch clothes, loops, straps, belts etc.

  5. First of all, Ian. Thank you so much for what you do. Now my question, Can the rifle be “field stripped” simply by untwisting the end cap? Or does the action for some reason need to be removed from the stock for simple cleaning?


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