Originally Posted by koalbucket
P. BERETTA-CAL.7 55-BREVETTATA
GARDONE V.T. 1944
THE LETTER "S" IS STAMPED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PISTOL.
ALSO, HAS A CLEAR PLEXIGLASS LIKE COVER ON BOTH SIDE OF HAND GRIP.
CAN ANYONE PASS ON SOME HISTORY ON THIS GUN.
MY FATHER IN LAW AQUIRED IT WHEN HE WAS IN THE NAVY MANY YEARS AGO.
1955 made in ITALY
also by the 1955 stamp is "SPF" AND other markings.
please share some history with me on both theses items.
I have an old spanish magazine (ARMAS) and I found some info...
About the Beretta 950:
The aut. pistol of the series 950, manufactured in cal. 6,35 (.25) and serving as base for the .22 short pistols, can be considered as the real pocket weapon for defense and sporting purposes. To its qualities of particular lightness it unites those of precision, sturdiness and security, which are the characteristics normally recognized to pistols of larger caliber, weight and dimensions. Compared with the foregoing series, the series 950 B enhances the results of large and extensive experiences which are proper of the BERETTA line.
The main characteristics of the pistol mod. 950 B are:
- a more sensible and promptly responding firing system,
- barrel particularly stabilized and reinforced, thanks to a perfect connecting device of the fitting to the body (frame),
- slender and graceful line, hinged barrel,
- possibility to introduce by hand the first cartridge or withdraw it,
- easy cleaning of the weapon,
- full absence of whatever extraction device (which after longer use is subject to breakage) on account of an ingenious exploitation of the recoil force and also because of the hinged barrel.
The 950 B maintains unaltered the characteristic of the outside hammer, which is proper of the BERETTA pistol in all its larger calibers, with the known advantage to consent to keep a cartridge in the firing chamber with lowered hammer, assuring the highest safety degree (it is though advisable to avail oneself of such advantage only in particular cases). The hammer consents besides to repeat the percussion in case of insufficient primer, without the necessity to recock the arm by pulling the slide backward.
The hammer is provided with a safety catch, which acts on the sear lever, so as to prevent any accidental firing.The body (frame) of the 950 B is made of a special light alloy of very high resistance, so as to confer to the weapon Iightness and high sturdiness; the barrel and the slide are of alloy steel duly annealed.All other parts are manufactured with suited and selected material and are interchangeable.
As a fun fact The Beretta 950B was the first pistol that I use James Bond as handgun, he was pleased with the lightness of the weapon and the fact that he was not enlarging him inside the suit. His superior, the director of the secret service, M, I order him to change the beretta into a more powerful weapon, since this one had obstructed him in his last mission. The major Boothroyd qualified to this pistol as a weapon for women and without stopping power.
About the BREVETTATA pocket pistol....
This is the history of them.... you have a 7,65 modern version of them, but want some of their history:
Beretta Pocket Pistol cal. 6,35 mm
We do not know exactly in which year Beretta began producing its first 6.35 calibre pocket pistol. The dates suggested by various sources range between 1919 and 1922, but it is possible that these guns were already being planned before the First World War. The exigencies of wartime naturally demanded that precedence be given to other products which were better suited to military needs. Therefore work on the little 6.35 was resumed only at the end of the conflict. The first version of this gun was very similar to the Model 1922; nearly a scale model in fact, with the single but important innovation of the spring-loaded firing pin which took the place of the internal hammer. Mechanically, this constituted a step backwards compared to the larger calibre model, and was probably taken due to considerations of size. In every other way the two pistols are identical, and share the trigger mechanism fitted with an escaping disconnector which is typical of all Beretta pistols of that period.A short time afterwards the second version of the 6.35 calibre Model 19 appeared, with an automatic grip safety fitted on the frame backstrap. Presumably this device was added with the aim of overcoming the reduced level of safety which is inherent in guns with a striker type of firing pin.
In 1926 a third version of the 6.35 calibre pocket pistol was introduced, in which the workings of the firing mechanism were completely redesigned to incorporate a disconnector similar to the one used in the 1923 model. It was a simple and economical modification, which contributed to the fame and commercial success of this automatic pistol. The innovation involved a slight modification to the left grip, and can easily be seen without the need to dismantle the gun. With these improvements the pistol can almost be considered a new model, the Model 1926.
The only modifications that followed were small cosmetic changes, which for the most part involved the design and material of the grips. The name was changed, however, to become first the Model 1926-1931, and later the Model 1934. In any case these various model numbers can be found only in the Beretta catalogues. All the guns manufactured up to the mid-1930s are marked simply «BREV. 1919», and subsequent models until the end of the war are marked «Brevettata», with no further details. On similar guns produced immediately after the war we find the same «Brevettata», but more often the abbreviation «Brevet».
As we have seen the production of 6.35 calibre pocket pistols continued from the beginning of the 1920s until the middle of the 1930s before Beretta felt the need for a change (apart from the mechanical alteration in 1926). Towards 1935, however, the appearance of this pistol must have seemed hopelessly outmoded, and an improvement in the design of the handgrip was proposed, making it similar to that of the Model 1934. Later afterwards a cocked firing pin warning was also introduced. This consisted of an extension to the pin itself which extended from the back of the slide when it was in the cocked position. Apart from this, the «small Berettas remained more or less unchanged in that most of the essential parts the barrel, magazine, etc. are interchangeable.
This very successful gun remained in production until the middle of the 1950s, overlapping with the production of the more sophisticated guns which Beretta had developed in the meantime. Towards the end of the 1940s a frame in light alloy was also developed for this pistol. Slight aesthetic modifications were added shortly afterwards, evidently to inject new life into a product which had been born more than 30 years earlier.
Serial numbers from 100000 to around 106000
Serial numbers from around 106000 to around 112000
Serial numbers from around 112000 to around 155000
Serial numbers from around 155000 to around 187000
Serial numbers from 187251 to around 198000
Serial numbers from around 603700 to around 608300
Serial numbers from around 609000 to around 610000
Serial numbers from around 611000 to 658016, from 10001A to 99999A, from 00001C to 46410C
You could find some interesting info about the Brevettata pocket pistol HERE (Pistols of the German Wehrmacht)