History[edit | edit source]
The Beretta Model 6 was developed by Domenico Salza, who replaced Tullio Marengoni as Beretta's chief designer after the latter's retirement. Salza aimed to create a new submachine gun, not based on the aging Beretta Model 38. The Model 6 was first in a series of Salza-designed prototypes that eventually led to the development of the Beretta Model 12.
Design[edit | edit source]
The Model 6 was a blowback-operated submachine gun that utilized a long "¬"-shaped bolt. The long, horizontal section of the bolt lay over the barrel while the shorter part, of which the firing pin was attached to, came down behind the breech. The bolt was cocked from the top, with the cocking handle protruding from above the barrel.
Designed to be easily mass-produced, the Model 6 made use of simple metal stampings rather than extensive machining. The entire lower part of the receiver, encompassing the trigger mechanism and magazine feed, was built from one single part.
References[edit | edit source]
- The Pictorial History of the Submachine Gun, Hobart, 1973
- Modern Firearms, Cadiou & Richard, 1975