I picked up a "Soc.lt.F.lli Galesi-Brescia-Cal 6.35" as a carry pistol last weekend. I was somewhat supprised to see "XXI" or XXII" on the right side under PSF which is under some type of crest? "Made in Italy" is stamped on the slide and the SN is in the 483,000s. I assume the pistol is post-war, any explanation of the Roman numeral date?
Hi, PSF stands for Polveri senza fumo = smokeless powder.
This is a mark of the National proof House of Gardone.
The XXI or XXII stands for years 1965 or 1966.
Dad bought one of these pistols, dated XXIII, in 1968. The hardware store clerk told him that he better get it now because the new law would make imports of these guns illegal. Dad carried it many years while fishing, and used it for plinking. It was exposed to sand and salt water and never cleaned, but it nevere malfunctioned. Dad passed away 5 years ago. The pistol was found rattling around in a 5-gallon bucket of steel tools. I cleaned it for the first time in almost 40 years, and it worked as good as new. In the five ears I have had it, it has still never malfunctioned. It is all steel except for the grips, and seems to be ver strong for such a small gun. It is so light that I can carry it in the woods all day and never notice it.
If you intend to carry it for defense, there is one problem, in addition to the small caliber, that you should know. There is a takedown button on the left side of the gun. If the button is pressed accidently, you cannot fire the gun until you push the spring back in. It has happened to me a few times, but since I do not carry the gun for defense, it is no big deal. I suggest that you carry the gun in an otherwise empty pocket, without anything else that could press against the takedown button. Also be careful when you draw the gun not to press the button. Other than that, they are really great little pistols.
I found a .22 Galesi in excellent + condition. Proof tested in 1968. Like some of my girlfriends back when I was single, it was cute and cheap. The only kick is that it was made for 22 long or short only (LR is too long). 22 shorts jam the pistol. So the only option is 22 Longs which are not stocked by most gunshops. On the plus side 22 Longs are still alot less expensive than .25 ACP.
i have no idea what those roman no. are for...........
Which roman no. are you speaking about?
Come on guys, you are both right. Just add the Roman number to 1944 to get the mfg date; i.e. XXI = 21, 21 plus 1944= 1965.
03man - Don Voigt
Author of "The Japanese T99 Arisaka Rifle" 2010 edition
Co-author of "The Knee Mortars of Japan 1921-1945" 2011 edition
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