I inherited a beretta semi auto pistol from my granndfather. he was in WWII and he always told me he brought it back from overseas. I am curious about the guns history as well as value. any information would be appreciated. the serial # is 442591
i'll need to have the model number to see if i can help.
would be nice to have some details on it to help id it,,look on the side of the slide for information such as dates or manufactures ,,post exactly what it says because this usually has a major part to play in idying a firearm,,and example of a beretta marking on the slide would be,,
PIETRO BERETTA BRESCIA CASA FONDATA 7.65MM BREVETTO 1915,,These markings would usually be on the left side of the slide and would indicate that this pistol would be a model 1915 pistol,,any other marking would also be helpful such as proofs marks to determine if it was ever proofed by the germans during ww2 for use,,so look it over and try to post as much detail as possible
mandiesdad, Your Beretta pistol is a Model 1935 in 7.65mm (or 32 ACP) caliber used by the Italian Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and a few were used by the Royal Army. With your serial number I'd say the pistol was from the end of 1939. Check the frame area for additional markings. The Air Force used an eagle with a Crown above and at that time the Navy was using letters of R&M. It is also possible that this was a commercial sale to someone, usually in the military. These markings are also on the frame of a proof, and date stamps.
All that info above assuming you did not misstate your serial number. Very important in identifying Beretta pistols without photos or additional information.
As to the value condition is key but probably $350-$600 or more (Mar.2010) based on the bluing and lack of damages. Additional information would help in determining the value.
As this message is so old I doubt you'll return for the info. Too bad for that.
plinking around here on the site i realized i have one of these from my great uncle. serial 56444. and on the right side of the frame just under the slide on the rearward corner of the grip is a stamp DR in a rectangular box with the corners hal rounded in. any ideas??
Flatfoot, I guess you are asking what is the value? I'd say your Beretta Model 1917 (some call it the 1915-1917) in 7.65mm Cal. or .32 ACP value depends upon the condition and what else might come with it. Perhaps as high as $900 or more if you have a holster, capture papers, etc. But failing those last items and say 70% condition more likely around $350.
i was curious about what year it was made. it has 1915 stamped on the barrel and all the identifying marks of the above mentioned pistol. i have a rather well worn leather holster and two ectra clips that are stacked in a leather pouch attached to a broken leather belt with old brass rivets. the buckle has ITALIA RB stamped on it and the rest is worn off. the pistol functions well and is quite accurate. has some pitting on the clips in the pouch but the one in the pistol is fine. the front sight is pitted only on one side and the frame is missing most of the bluing. but overall it looks as good as most pawn shop specials. it was wrapped up in a wool campain hat?? with some papers that have a wax stamp on the envelope. i haven't opened the papers since they are so brittle in the envelope i figured i should take them to someone that knows what they are doing!!
i thought it was odd that someone else hade a pistol like mine they were trying to value, i just want info on what to look for history wise. i have no plans on selling this family "heirloom" thanks!!
Glad to hear you won't be selling. I'd estimate the year and month of manuf. to be Feb.1919. They stopped manufacturing them at the end of Mar.1919 but sales continued for many years as not all units were sold at that time.
I'd be as interested in seeing the holster as the pistol. Perhaps you can forward some images to my gmail.com account as I have add address there of berettamen [that is men not man] at gmail. I get cryptic on the email address so those web-searchers won't pick up my account name (spam spam spam).
will try to get the pics up as soon as i can get my cable found to download the disc from my camera. mad cow i guess...... don't know where it went.
thanks for the info. i also have a revolving cylinder lever action shotgun looks like 10 ga and is HEAVY. i'll get pics of it too, you might be able to i.d. it too.
I had asked the question about my beretta pistol a long time back, and for whatever reason, I forgot to check back in. Sorry! I found the proofmarks that you mentioned and I found the RM for Navy, and also a SF below the RM. I will attach pics.
Welcome back Mandiesdad31,
This is a Italian Royal Navy pistol probably from 1939. Is the slide marked:
P.BERETTA CAL 765 BREVETATTA
GARDONE V.T. 1939-XVII
The Roman numerals after the date represents the fascist years in power at that time.
Looking forward to a few images.