Breda PG Photos

We recently had the opportunity to handle a Breda PG rifle. They were made in 1935 in Italy, and the only major sale made was to the government of Cost Rica (in 7mm Mauser).

Breda PG 1935 rifle
Breda PG 1935 rifle

The rifles are notable for being one of the first designs to incorporate a burst feature in the trigger mechanism. In the Breda, the selector allows shooting single shots, 4-round burst, or full automatic. What isn’t obvious from photos and online descriptions is the bulk of the design. While relatively short (with only an 18 inch barrel), the Breda PG is a very wide rifle, and quite heavy (11.5 pounds unloaded). This likely aids controllability when firing in automatic mode, but certainly makes the gun less appealing to carry for extended periods. Hopefully we will be able to test fire this rifle and bring you a good range video on it.

The Breda PG uses a rising bolt design with a locking lug on the top of the receiver. As the bolt and carrier move forward under pressure from the recoil spring, the bolt is forced upwards, engaging it against the locking lug. A gas piston running inside the handguard pushes the bolt carrier back upon firing, which in turn cams the bolt downward and unlocks it.

Breda PG bolt and bolt carrier in mid travel
Breda PG bolt and bolt carrier in mid travel

We took a number of photos of the rifle and its magazine, which you can see here. High resolution copies of both galleries can be downloaded form the Breda PG page in the Vault.

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  1. How wide is the receiver?
    For what is the hole in stock…for attaching a sling or to disassemble something?

    • I didn’t have a tape measure with me, but I would estimate the receiver and bulk of the stock are a solid 2 inches wide. The hole in the stock is for a sling, which this particular rifle didn’t have.

  2. Ian,
    I am a costa rican firearms enthusiast, and i’m very sad because this guns are sold to external gun collectors around the world, and no one are still there for legal transfer.
    Please, can you make a video in your youtube channel about this rifle? its because this guns are part of the forgotten military history of my country (no one are still even in museums).
    Nobody here have the opportunity of handle or make a review of the gun.
    I am gonna be happy if you can make a review of the gun.
    Sorry for my spell.
    Thanks for read my message.
    Sincerely Johnny.

      • I have one, and you may Review it if you want.
        It is in perfect condition, except that i will not repeat. Most likely due to the (civilian) 7 mm mauser I used.
        Little Problem: you will have to go to Europe first..


  3. Having seen photos, I came to a conclusion that BREDA PG bolt system based on patents CH167204A and DE607588C. Yes? 🙂

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