POTD: From Air to Ground! The Villar Perosa Machine Gun

   04.12.21

POTD: From Air to Ground! The Villar Perosa Machine Gun

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Ah yes, the Villar Perosa. Legend to World War One small arms buffs and inconsistency to many historians. Both thought processes are fair since this machine gun is a bit of an anomaly. It was originally an early machine gun to be used in air warfare. Most people do not know that those early dog fights were mostly fought with rifles and handguns in the sky. World War One was a constantly evolving war. Machine guns went from the ground to the air and higher capacity rifles and other small arms went from the air to the ground. The Villar Perosa was an exception to that claim. A post from Cody Firearms Museum expands a bit more:

The Villar Perosa was a machine gun developed in Italy during WWI. It fired 9mm Glisenti at a reportedly blistering rate of fire from two barrels mounted together. Originally intended as aircraft armament, it was later tried out as a LMG. Neither role worked that well, but individually the twin barreled actions made good SMGs, leading to the Beretta M1918.

Cody Firearms Museum is a great group of people! Please check them out.

#tbt to when we posted our Villar Perosa. [Photograph found on Cody Firearms Museam Facebook]. (2019, September 12). Retrieved April 9, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/3120687394822085

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