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November 23, 2008, 05:48 PM
I have questions about a pistol I currently own. On one sid eof the slide it has stamped "Berben corporation N.Y.-N.Y.-Mod.70S-patented "and on the other side"Pietro Beretta-Gardone V.T. cal.380-made in Italy". I know what the pistol is, what I'm wondering is the back ground as far as manufacturing
home and possibly time of origin. The serial number isA42286Y. Does the numbering indicate the year 1986? Any help will be appreciated.
November 24, 2008, 11:22 AM
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November 24, 2008, 11:58 AM
You need to find the proof mark, which is separate from the SN.
From Beretta's Website:
Beretta firearms produced in Italy carry a proof mark for the year of production. The chart below is used to identify the year by this mark. For recent pistols this mark is usually located on the frame near the trigger guard, for older pistols, the mark is on the slide or on the frame behind the grip area. Shotguns have this mark stamped on the barrel near the chamber. You may need to remove the barrel to read the mark.
On some older firearms, produced between 1925 to1954, the actual date was stamped instead of a code mark. In this case the date can be located near the test proof marks on the frame. The exception to this occured during the regime of Benito Mussolini. The Italian Proof House used a roman numeral system marking the year of his reign which began with "I" in 1922. 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 refering to the 13th year of Mussolini's regime. This practice ended in 1945 with XXIII at the close of World War Two and the chart below takes up from that point. It should be noted that some wartime production firearms were void of any marking to indicate the production date.
We have also seen markings where roman and numerical figures are combined, for example XX7 for 1971, XX8 for 1972 and XX9 for 1973.
I or 1
II or 2
III or 3
IV or 4
V or 5
VI or 6
VII or 7
VIII or 8
IX or 9
XXVII or XX7
XXIII or XX8
XXIX or XX9
November 28, 2008, 05:08 PM
Thanks Chipperman for the info. The chart showed that my pistol was made in 1982.
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