This prototype Italian Pavesi 1942 semiautomatic rifle is quite something to see.
The prototype is unlike any other rifle you have ever witnessed before.
Ian from Forgotten Weapons tells us all about the rare and unique prototype Italian Pavesi 1942 semiautomatic rifle.
During World War II, the small arms developments were ramped up to high gear. Rifles like this Italian Pavesi 1942 semiautomatic rifle were being experimented with for possible future military use.
This striker fired rifle from the Beretta collection might just be one of a kind. The rare prototype semi-automatic rifle is recoil operated and the barrel actually pushes back into the receiver. The 8mm cartridge was a heavier military cartridge at the time that had more punch than other current military rifle calibers.