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The Italian Vetterli Rifle by Wilsey


The Italian Vetterli Rifle: Development, Variants and History in Service by Robert Wilsey

While the longarms used by the Italian forces have long been popular with collectors, very little information about them has been available in the English language, until now. One of the first bolt-action rifles issued for military use, the Vetterli had a service life of 70 years. This guide covers all of the variations and describes how it was developed as a long rifle, a short rifle, a cavalry and a police carbine, in single-shot form and later adapted for a variety of magazine feed systems such as the Vetterli-Vitali, Vetterli-Bertoldo and Vetterli-Ferracciù. The conversions from 10.35 mm to 6.5 mm calibers and subsequently to a .22 training carbine are also covered in detail. Contains information on the arms factories that manufactured them. Covers the history and use of the weapon on active service in some of the less well-known campaigns in Europe and Africa including Ethiopia, Somaliland, Libya, Ireland, Russia, China, Turkey and the Spanish Civil War. This book will appeal to both the firearms collector and the military historian. The wealth of research and detail fills a gap in the history of early breech-loading military rifles.


  • Hardcover with dustjacket
  • 8.5″ x 11″
  • 168 pages
  • 350+ color photos


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