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The Zulaica y Cia Royal Semi Automatic pistol,
Throughout history gun designers have created many ingenious designs for a pistol that held more the more than typical number of rounds. From around the turn of the century to the 1970’s and 80’s, the capacity for semi-automatic pistols was usually around 7 or 8 rounds. That was until the development of the double stack (two column) magazine, which could hold 15, 16, or more.
Before the creation of the creation of the double stack magazine, a Spanish company called Zulaica y Cia had there one simple and ridiculously direct idea of increasing magazine capacity. They simply elongated the handle of the pistol to hold a longer magazine. Chambered for .32acp, it could hold an incredible 12 rounds. Unfortunately the new pistols, called the “Royal”, had some serious flaws. The elongated magazine gave the Royal a handle that was significantly longer than the slide, giving the firearm its unusual shape. However the Royal’s flaws went far beyond looks, it was uncomfortable to carry, unwieldy to handle and fire, and suffered from malfunctions due to an over-stressed magazine spring. Made in the 1920’s, the Royal saw little commercial success.
The M1935 is arguably the smallest service semi-automatic pistol of the Second World War. At just 6 inches long the .32 ACP calibre pistol has a 3.75 inch barrel. It has a 5 inch long grip with a magazine capacity of 8 rounds. It was developed in 1935 when the Italian Army expressed interest in a small pistol in 7.65mm (.32ACP), similar to that of Germany’s Walther PP.
Beretta took their M1934 pistol which was chambered in 9mm Short and adapted it to fire the .32ACP round. The M1935 weighed more or less the same as the M1934 and both shared the characteristic cut-away slide and grip extension on the base of the magazine allowing the user to comfortably grip the pistol.
Beretta have a history of small service pistols, during the First World War they produced the 5.75 inches long Modello 1915, and following the war they designed a commercial pistol the, Modello 1922, which was also under 6 inches long.
Both the M1934 and the M1935 were widely used during World War Two becoming the standard issue sidearm for officers, tank crews and air crews. They were extremely popular prize guns, liked because of their small size and robust design.
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