MOTO GUZZI SUPER ALCE
By Rob Arndt
The 500cc Moto Guzzi Alce (Elk) was introduced in 1938 for military use in areas such as reconnaissance and convoy escort. It was a 4-gear motorcycle with a top speed of 90 km/h.
Surviving Moto Guzzi Alce military motorcycle
Bersaglieri Motorcycle Troops
Unlike the Germans which used DKW and BMW motorcycles with side car mounted MGs operated by a second soldier, the Italian Bersaglieri became highly adept at handling the single M30 as a combat scout rider.
9mm Beretta M38A sub machine gun
1950s Moto Guzzi Falcone (civilian version)
Breda 30 LMG in action
Breda M30 in use in the desert
1. The magazine is not removable, it is hinged to allow access for reloading with charger clips.
2. The box structure over the receiver houses an internal oil pump that oils each round as it is loaded. This was not the best feature for a desert war.
Length: 123 cm
Weight: 10.2 kg
Barrel: 51 cm long, 4 grooves, right hand twist
Feed System: 20 round attached box magazine
System of operation: delayed blowback
Rate of Fire: 475 rpm
Italian Strange Vehicles