The Beretta BM59 is an Italian-made rifle based on the M1 Garand. Designed in the 1950s, the BM59 utilizes the Garand’s action but adds such features as a detachable box magazine-feed system, select-fire, a bipod, and a combination flash hider/rifle grenade launcher. The BM59 was the service rifle of the Italian Army from 1959-1990 and was also used by the Algerian, Argentine, Bahrain, Ethiopian, Indonesian, Libyan, Moroccan, and Nigerian armed forces. It must also be noted this rifle was also manufactured in Nigeria under license from Beretta issued with a distinctive stock.