Also, BPD and SMI ( and Capua) had a long experience making 7,7 for the Regia Aeronautica, since WWI…Lewis and Vickers Air
and Breda,/Safat models. After WWII, they simply continued with the MkVIIz clone, for Infantry weapons. (Also made for export
Egypt, etc) GFL also made it for commercial and military use ( 1950s catalogue).
Tiratore scelto: originally meant
“Selected shooter” of a unit. Also called “Cecchino” after the Snipers
Of the Austro Hungarian Army, with scoped M95s;
Cecchino from " cecco- beppe"
An Italian nick-name for Francesco Giuseppe ( Franz Josef).
Became a common Italian name for any Sniper with or without optics.
The Military term in Italian remained “Tiratore scelto”, as a soldier with a Marksmans badge.
Rifles factory selected, and special lots of ammo prepared ( usu. By Figure of merit selection).
Our Italian members will have more info.
Una pallottola per ogni nemico, un nemico per ogni Pallotola.
( a bullet for every one of the enemy; one enemy for every bullet.)
In other words, don’t waste ammo!!