This Beretta Model BM59 in .308 Win caliber Semi Auto Carbine is the rare BM69 civilian variant of the famous Beretta M59 and was made in 1965. The M69 variation means it’s made as a semi-auto rifle chambered in .308 caliber with a tri-compensator and has the grenade launcher removed. The Italian-made M59/69 is based on the U.S. M1 Garand rifle, but in a different caliber and an added 20 rd. removable magazine. This particular carbine features a 19” blued steel barrel. Markings include at the top gas tube band, “PB”; on the front sight, "P.B. BM59"; on the right side of receiver, "PB – 1965 – 7.62mm – 03-101-A-1" with four proof marks; on right side of slide receiver, "P.B. BM59"; rear top of receiver, “P. BERETTA – Gardone V.T. Italia” with SN; left side rear of receiver, "BM69 CAL. 308 W Semiautomatic – Made in Italy for Benet Arms Co Afton VA 22920"; the bolt catch lever, “PB BM59”; bottom of bi-pod legs, “PB BM59”; and magazine release button, “PB BM59”. Also has blued steel receiver; one-piece hardwood fore-arm stock & grip with separate wood upper handguard; one barrel band; bi-pod legs; safety; sling mounts (authentic OD Green military cloth web sling included); leaf post front & adjustable peep-hole rear sights. (1) Magazine included. Condition grades at 80%+ due to normal wear and handling marks on what appears to be the original finish. Vintage. Inventory#: D5774.
From the internet, “After World War II, Italy adopted the US-designed M1 Garand rifle in .30-06 Springfield (7.62Ã—63mm) and also manufactured it under license. This semi-automatic rifle proved itself well during World War II, but in the late 1950s it was considered outdated and obsolete and the Italian military also wanted a new rifle chambered for the NATO-standard 7.62Ã—51mm round. To meet these requirements, Beretta designed the BM59, which was essentially a re-chambered M1 fitted with a removable 20-round magazine, folding bipod and a combined flash suppressor/rifle grenade launcher. The BM59 is capable of selective fire. The BM59 was adopted in 1959 and served with Italian, Argentinian, Indonesian, and Moroccan armies. In the early 1980s, semi-automatic versions were imported to the United States and sold to private collectors. The earliest BM59s were manufactured from U.S.-manufactured M1 parts, including re-chambered barrels. In 1990, the BM59 was replaced in Italian service by the Beretta AR70/90 assault rifles, although some may be in service in the Italian Navy. The rare BM62 and BM69 are civilian sporting rifles with the grenade launcher and sights removed as a Semi-auto chambered in .308 Winchester (not 7.62Ã—51mm), came with 20-round magazines, civilian flash hider (no bayonet lug, no grenade launcher, no tri-compensator (extremely rare to have gas cylinder with bipod capability) with a bipod and tri-compensator.”
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