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TZ-45 Sub-Machine Gun, (Repubblica Sociale Italiana)

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Valerio_
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-TZ 45

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La prova a fuoco di una delle pistole mitragliatrici più rare della seconda guerra mondiale, la Tz 45 calibro 9x19 mm in dotazione ad alcuni reparti della Rsi.

Video prova di fuoco

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This is another wartime design produced in small numbers by a small company. No more than 6,000 were made during 1944-45.

In comparison with the FNAB-43, the TZ-45 is much more the sort of weapon one would expect in that place and at that time. It was cheaply made from metal stampings, welded together in parts, and the finish is rudimentary. For all that, it worked and managed to exhibit one or two interesting features. The action is simple blowback, but the return spring is assembled around a guide rod which is in two pieces and telescopes as the bolt returns. A muzzle compensator is fitted, and the shoulder stock is formed of steel rods that slide alongside the receiver when retracted. Two separate safety systems are fitted: the fire selector lever has a “safe” position that locks the bolt in either the forward or rearward positions, while a grip safety is fitted behind the magazine housing. Unless the weapon is held properly and this grip compressed, the bolt cannot move in either direction to cock or fire.

The entire issue of the TZ-45 appears to have gone to various units of the Italian Army operating against guerilla forces in the mountains. It was offered to the British and American armies after the war and evaluated by them, but the general opinion of the weapon was unfavorable. It emerged from the war with a poor reputation for reliability and the style of the manufacture and finish was not liked. However, it did manage to get sold to the Burmese Army where it was later manufactured as the BA-52.

Article by: JDG

Sources:
Ian Hogg, Encyclopedia of Infantry Weapons of World War Two, Military Press, 1987.


Caliber: 9 mm
Barrel: 6 grooves with right hand twist
Length: 33.5 inches
Barrel: Length 9 inches
Weight: 7 Pounds 3 Ounces
Feed System: 40 round detachable box magazine
Rate of Fire: 550 Rounds Per Minute
System of Operation: Blowback, selective fire

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-Legionario delle "Brigate Nere" che mostra un TZ 45

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-TZ 45 con calcio inserito internamente.



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Edited by Valerio_ - 14/12/2007, 07:36
 
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