Re: Relics or Antiques?
The Guardia Di Finanza ( Finance Guards, ie, the Tax and Customs Service) have existed in Italy since Napoleonic Times
they were issued with Bernardelli made "Glisenti (or Bodeo, to give the proper name, as Glisenti was the original manufacturer of the Design back in Black powder days, (the M1874..Bodeo developed the later (M1889) shorter, lighter version for use with smokeless powder; Glisenti Siderurgica (Gl. Steel Works) were still the major maker right up through the First World War.
Bernardelli and also SFARE G Vt ( Army Assembly section, Gardone) made or assembled M1889s for all the Services in Italy during the 1920s ( Army, Carabinieri, Colonial Services, Finanza, and Regie Guardie ( State Police); Bernardelli was also able to sell these on the civilian market for Municipal Guards, prisons, etc.
Ammunition was produced by all the major Italian makers, (Gov't Factories, as well as SMI, Fiocchi, BPD, Leon Beaux of Milan, and Martignoni) in the "modern" M89/99 Gilded lead smokeless loading.
There is a little handbook in Italian, by the Editors of "Diana Armi" an Italian Monthly on Firearms, called "Le Pistole Bodeo" ( or similar title published som 20 years ago...a good analysis of all types of 10,4mm revolvers, both Bodeo system ( folding trigger,(Trooper's Model) and "officers Model" with trigger guard) and some of the other WW I substitues from Spain ( on the break-top S&W system) of which several tens of thousands were acquired, also in 10,4mm.
By the end of the 1930s, all front line officers and NCOs in all the services had been issued with Beretta M934 Autos, the "Glisenti" revolvers were relegated to Country Carabinieri and Local Police, and Non-essential services where the "Pistol" was more a ceremonial appendage than a tool of trade. Many were also shipped to the Colonies, where the heavy .42 calibre slug was more efficient than the small, 93 grain 9mm Corto projectile in dispatching animals and the occasional recalcitrant native. They were also simpler for the untrained native levies to start off on ( although by the time a native trooper reached Non-commissioned Rank, he usually had already upwards of Ten years service, and was quite well experienced with All types of Italian and Foreign Firearms, given the hotch-potch of equipment in the AOI.