English Villar Perosa Manual

We found an English language manual for the Italian M1915 Villar Perosa – the predecessor of all submachine guns. It includes a bunch or interesting photos, as well as a good description of the gun. Curiously, it also lists the cartridge used as the standard 9x19mm Luger, not the 9mm Glisenti as generally reported. Possibly this is just a mistake in the manual, or perhaps the Canadian-made Villar Perosas were proofed for 9×19? We don’t know, but we’d like to find out…

M1915 Villar Perosa on a simple tripod
M1915 Villar Perosa on a simple tripod

If you’re not familiar with this rather odd weapon, check out the M1915 Villar Perosa page in the Vault, where we have some discussion of its historical use as well as this English manual and an Italian manual.

Revelli Automatic Machine Gun (Villar Perosa) manual (English)
Revelli Automatic Machine Gun (Villar Perosa) manual (English)