Dating beretta pistols

dating beretta pistols

How do you date a Beretta M34?

Markings on the M34 are interesting and just a little bit different. The left side of the slide exhibits the Beretta address, model and date of manufacture-in the Gregorian calendar in Arabic numerals and in the Fascist calendar, which started in 1922, in Roman numerals. Thus the pistol shown here is dated both 1940 and XVIII.

How do I find out what year a Beretta was made?

Firearms imported by Beretta USA since 1988 can be searched by serial numberto obtain the description, the approximate year of manufacture/import, as well as the schematic, parts list, owner’s manual, and additional details. Records of firearms manufactured prior to this year are sparse, and Beretta Italy has never established a searchable archive.

Who makes Beretta pistols?

This large group of pistols was and is manufactured by Fabrica dArmi Pietro Beretta, Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia), Italy. This is certainly one of the oldest firearms manufacturing firms in existence, as it was founded in 1680. It is still very active.

What do the Roman numerals on Beretta pistols mean?

The Roman numerals appearing on Beretta pistols which were made during the Fascist regime represent the year of that regime and probably were required by government order. The 9 mm. Mod. 1934 Berettas made in 1941 and 1942 are normally in the 800,000 to 900,000 range of serial numbers.

How to find out what year a Beretta is?

Here are the date codes to find out which year they are:- Beretta date codes Italian guns are easily dated by a code - not in the serial numbers but next to the proof mark. Heres the list - and apologies for a rather long post: Roman numeral series

When did the Beretta M1934 come out?

The M1934 design evolved from the Model 1915/17, which saw service in World War I. It was the first of several later Beretta models to feature an open top slide, such as what is still seen on the famous Model 92 and all its variations.

How many 9mm Berettas were made in 1941?

The 9 mm. Mod. 1934 Berettas made in 1941 and 1942 are normally in the 800,000 to 900,000 range of serial numbers. Variant serial numbers are frequently found, however. Some of these are definitely pistols made for (or sold to) some foreign country, such as Nos.

What do the Roman numerals on a Beretta 9mm mean?

The Roman numerals appearing on Beretta pistols which were made during the Fascist regime represent the year of that regime and probably were required by government order. The 9 mm. Mod. 1934 Berettas made in 1941 and 1942 are normally in the 800,000 to 900,000 range of serial numbers. Variant serial numbers are frequently found, however.

What do the Roman numerals on a Beretta 9mm mean?

The Roman numerals appearing on Beretta pistols which were made during the Fascist regime represent the year of that regime and probably were required by government order. The 9 mm. Mod. 1934 Berettas made in 1941 and 1942 are normally in the 800,000 to 900,000 range of serial numbers. Variant serial numbers are frequently found, however.

How to find out what year a Beretta is?

Here are the date codes to find out which year they are:- Beretta date codes Italian guns are easily dated by a code - not in the serial numbers but next to the proof mark. Heres the list - and apologies for a rather long post: Roman numeral series

What year is the date code on an Italian gun?

Note that if you pick up an Italian gun made between 1954 and 1974, the date code will be in Roman numerals, and for the immediate post-war period the code is in Arabic numerals – that is the conventional 1,2,3, etc.

When was the first Beretta pistol made?

The first Beretta firearm using this dating system was the Model 1934 pistol (introduced in 1935), thus the year was indicated as XIII (usually marked on the slide) and thus referring to the 13th year of Mussolinis reign. This practice ended in 1945 with XXIII at the close of WWII, and the chart below resets the Roman Numeral marking to I.

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