The Glisenti Ml

The Glisenti pistol was originally patented in 1905 by the Societa Siderúrgica Glisenti in Brescia. Italy. Early pistols were chambered for the .30 Luger (7.63 mm) cartridge, but in 1909 the gun appeared in 9 mm caliber, was adopted by the Italian Military and eventually named the Pistola Automática M910.

The Glisenti will chamber conventional 9 mm Luger ammo, but was not designed to handle it. The 9 mm ammo as made in Italy developed considerably less pressure than 9 mm German-made ammo of the same period, and the usage of commonly available 9 mm Luger ammo in the Glisenti is not recommended.

In 1911 a simplified version was put out by Metallurgica Bresciana Tem-pini (which accounts for the MBT molded into the grips of some guns). While the Brixia, as the revised gun was called, and the Glisenti are similar in appearance, their parts are not interchangeable. ■

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Disassembly Procedure

Step 1. Exposing the operating mechanism only requires removing the side plate (35). To do this, first remove the magazine (23) and clear the chamber. Push in the plunger (34). turn the large knurled screw (40) until it stops, then lift off the side plate, the left grip (36) and the disassembly tool (37). Push the barrel and receiver assembly to the left until it is free of the guide rib in the frame, then lift it up.

Step 2. The bolt assembly (14) is held in the receiver (2) by a cross key (12). To remove it. push up on the small spring (shown in the inserted drawing), push the key out from left to right and withdraw the bolt (14). To replace the bolt, push the firing pin in as far as it can go. It may be necessary to trip the sear to get it far enough forward to allow the cross key to clear the firing pin spring (17). Use a screwdriver or the disassembly tool to push the firing pin (18) forward. Step 3. The firing pin guide (15)

also acts as the sear and must be removed before removing the firing pin (18). It has a left hand thread and must be turned in the direction indicated by the arrow, using the disassembly tool as a wrench. Before attempting to remove the guide, insert a thin blade into the bolt and push back the firing pin until the guide is centered in the wide opening (note inserted drawing). When the guide is out. unscrew the safety catch (19) as shown and remove the firing pin (18). firing pin head (16) and firing pin spring (17).

Step 4. The disassembly tool is used to remove the extractor (13). After the firing pin has been removed, insert the tool into the small elongated slot in the bolt as shown. Push the tail of the extractor up slightly until it is just clear of the bolt (14); then tap it lightly on the front or claw end and it will spring free of the bolt.

Step 5. A separate barrel return spring (7) is incorporated into the underside of the receiver. The spring is rigidly assembled to the spring guide (8) so the assembly must be removed as a unit by inserting a small screwdriver into the screw slot on the spring guide. Push the plunger forward, rotate it 90: and ease the assembly out.

Step 6. To remove the right grip (20), first remove the magazine and rotate the small plate on the grip as shown. When the plate is free of the cut in the frame, the right hand grip can be lifted off.

Parts Legend

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