Monday, June 27, 2011

A call to arms (so to speak), aka, an update on girls on the range.

So I did a little research on Heather's gun, and it is a Galesi-Brescia 6.35mm pistol. Galesi Arms was an Italian gun manufacturer formally named Industria Armi Galesi which was founded in 1910. They began to produce their pistols in 1914, following Italy's entry into WWI. The first design was a 6.35mm blow-back design based on the Browning 1906. I think this is what her gun is. So what I thought was an MG may have been a stylized AG. It is not in very good shape, and we can't figure out how to break it down, but if there is anybody out there who can help, or has any advice on what to do with this thing, it would be appreciated. It really was cute as could be, even though it may only sting if you got hit with it. However, I usually operate on the assumption that most people don't want to get shot with anything. Mrs. B


ajdshootist said...

Try looking on Gunparts Corp on the Net they have a lot of gun part diagrams or ask Tam at View from the Porch.

Anonymous said...

here is a link to a page that has some info on the pistol


SiGraybeard said...

I didn't notice the first post, but I have one of those. Looks just like the picture, except fully black with the white plastic grip. It was my father's gun, bought back in the 1960s when he worked night shift at the downtown Miami post office.

I had my local gun shop gunsmith (small shop) give it a look over, since it hadn't been fired in 35 years or more, and have since put a box or so of .25 through it. It's a decent little gun, very concealable, but subject to misfeeds if I limp wrist it at all.

Were you looking to find out how to pull the slide off it? It doesn't lock back with a lever on the side like modern guns do.

It's tricky to do and a smith can probably show you easier than I can explain. Make sure it's unloaded (of course) and while pulling the slide back slightly, turn the safety lever 180 degrees (one end of the lever needs to go into the notch on the slide as you flip it). The pin that engages the notch on the slide will now point down.

At this point, slide the slide backwards and note that the firing pin holder now slides back unlike while using the gun (it's that thing that looks like two circles, a smaller on top of a bigger with a little stalk between them - on mine it has horizontal ridges).

Now you can lift up on the slide and pull it forward and off the lower part. The barrel stays - it's part of the lower body of the gun. The spring is about twice the length of the barrel.

Does that help? I have the instructions: original 1960s cheap paper, almost transparent. Don't know if I could scan it in.

sigraybeard at gmail dot com if you need more info.

Mrs. Bitchpatch #1 said...

Yes, I was trying to break it down. I tried to push the little button on the back, but nothing happened. I'm afraid it might be rusted or the spring is shot. Maybe I just didn't push hard enough, my hands aren't very strong. Anyway, it needs to have that corrosion taken care of, and a good cleaning at the very least.