Beretta 1934

 

1939 - 1944-RE - 1944-AF

 

The Beretta 1934 was the major pistol of the Italian army. It is a well made pistol and has a very good accuracy according to the size. All parts were oversized, so it was a very dependable one. This should also be the reason, why most of them are still today in good shape.

 

Technical data:

Caliber: 9 mm short
Function: blow-back; external hammer; slide catch
Barrel length: 85 mm
Weight: 679 g
Magazine capacity: 7 rounds

Production data:

Company:

Beretta

Location:

Gardone, Italien

Period:

1943 - 1945

Amount:

65,000

Serial numbers:

 

The Beretta 1934 is not split in major variations. You can split them according to the year of manufacturing, acceptance, legend and finish

1939 (no WaA, blued with slide legend)

Characteristics:

Legend:

P. BERETTA-CAL. 9 Corto-Mo1934 BREVETT.ATO

Gardone V.T. 1939-XVII

The roman 17 stands for the 17th year of the fascistic government.

Finish: highpolish-finish
Grips: black plastic grips with Beretta logo
Serial number:

6-digit number right on frame

6-digit number right on slide

5-digit number on barrel

Acceptance stamp:

Crown over RE (Regio Esercito = royal Army)

Test proof stamp:

Crown over FAG over 39 (FAG = Fabricia d'armi die Gardone = Weapon factory Gardone)

 

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pic 4 Holster from Africa-Theater:

 

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1944 (no WaA, blued, no slide legend, built under German control)

 

Characteristics:

Legend:

none

Finish: highpolish-finish
Grips: black plastic grips with Beretta logo
Serial number:

6-digit number right on frame

6-digit number right on slide

5-digit number on barrel

Acceptance stamp:

Crown over RE (Regio Esercito = royal Army)

IVU in oval = 4th technical control unit of the FAG company

(here strucked up side down)

Test proof stamp:

none

 

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1944 (no WaA, blued, no slide legend, built under German control)

 

Characteristics:

Legend:

CAL.9 on right frame

Finish: highpolish-finish (plum-colord blueing)
Grips: black plastic grips with Beretta logo
Serial number:

6-digit number right on frame

6-digit number right on slide

5-digit number on barrel

Acceptance stamp:

Crown over Eagle (Italian Airforce)

Test proof stamp:

none

 

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