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dango 03-28-2013 07:06 PM

9mm questions..?
I've got a 9mm pistol here , PB Mc1937-1937 BREVETTATO XVI , a crown on lower grip , RE , left side of grip , K , on right side Z !

What is it..?

Jagermeister 03-28-2013 08:16 PM

It is a Beretta 9mm. The crown represents the Royal Arms. 1937 is around the time of the ww 2. A service pistol for the Italians.

JTJ 03-28-2013 10:01 PM

While it is a 9mm it could be a 9mm short otherwise known as a 9mm Kurz and 380. The 9mm short/Kurz was very popular back then.

dango 03-28-2013 10:01 PM

Is it worth any thing...............? Still works pretty good ..........!

Jagermeister 03-28-2013 10:10 PM

I called a collector/gunsmith. Maybe 500-600 euros if in good condition. A lot more if owned by say Mussolini. The guns are early to mid 1930s. Any way to verify some history? Beretta is the oldest gunmakers in Europe.

Jagermeister 03-28-2013 10:20 PM


Originally Posted by JTJ (Post 1194589)
While it is a 9mm it could be a 9mm short otherwise known as a 9mm Kurz and 380. The 9mm short/Kurz was very popular back then.

It is a .380 by US standards. It would have said 9 mm Luger otherwise. The gun also came in .32 in US standards.

c3shooter 03-29-2013 12:10 AM

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Look something like this?

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That's a Beretta Model 1934. As said, Italian Army. Caliber 9mm Corto (short) aka the .380

JTJ 03-29-2013 12:31 AM

Really bad ergonomics. Poor grip angle. Mag release on the bottom. Safety is a bear. It was never meant to carry with a round in the chamber. They also made it in 22lr.

Trez 03-29-2013 12:59 AM

Wheres the pictures???

(And why am I the first to ask???) :confused:

348Winchester 06-08-2014 06:21 PM

I don't recommend this but you can chamber a round in a 1934 Beretta 380 and with the safety in the off (fire position), point the gun in a safe direction, squeeze the trigger just enough to lower the hammer and immediately release it to stop the hammer at the half cock position. That's the same procedure you would use to lower the hammer to half cock position on Winchester lever action rifles that pre-date tang and cross bolt safeties. I think the gun is safe to carry with the hammer on half cock with the safety in the fire position. This would make it as fast to bring into action as any modern double action semi-auto pistol. The reason I don't recommend it is that it requires very careful lowering of the hammer to half cock so that the gun doesn't accidentally discharge.

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