BRIEF: Royal Italian Army Beretta M1934 9mm Corto (.380ACP)
Probably a bring-back ""War Trophy"".
NO IMPORT MARKS - ALL MATCHING
Italian Royal Army issue - 1942 wartime production.
The official service pistol of the Italian Army during WW-II, saw service in Ethiopia, Spain, France, Albania, Greece, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia and lastly, when the tide of battle turned, in Italy itself.
The weapon saw extensive use in World War II in the hands of Italian Fascist forces, German forces, Romanian Army, and quite a few were captured by Allied forces during the war.
Noted for its ruggedness & reliability.
CONDITION: Excellent. High polish 80+%Blue (sides of slide are thinning a bit), no rust or pits.
Bore is bright & shiny with strong rifling.
YEAR OF MFR: 1942 (made from 1934 to 1943 Armistice)
REMARKS: High polish Blue great on frame, but thin on slide & backstrap, excellent bore & grips,no rust or pits.
This gun is small, reasonably powerful & FEELS GREAT - it would make a great CARRY GUN.
Most have a curved forward extension on the magazine like this one but a few were straight (they didn't feel very good unless you had a very small hand).
Fitted with the characteristic Beretta open slide, the M1934 has a very reliable feeding and extraction cycle; the elongated slot in the top of the slide acts as the ejection port.
It is made with relatively few parts and very simple to maintain. The M1934 is very robust in construction with a service life believed to be over 100 years if properly maintained.
LIMITATIONS: The .380 ACP ammunition is somewhat anemic and the magazine capacity is only 7 rounds.
When the empty magazine is removed it no longer holds the slide back.
The slide will come forward and close the gun unless it is held open by application of the safety, a separate operation, and this slows down the reloading of the pistol.
In most countries (though not in the U.S. or Germany, for example) in this era, the carrying of a pistol was primarily an indicator of rank rather than having a serious defensive purpose.
MARKS: Left of slide: ""P Beretta Cal 9 CORTO M1934-Brevettata"", Gardone V.T. 1942 XX"",
Right of slide:""962471"",
Left of frame:at rear ""RE"" under a Crown (Regio Esercito - Royal Army),
Right of frame:""962471"",
Barrel: ""962471"", ""RE"" in rectangle, what appears to be a ""T"",
Right triggerguard: bottom half of what may be ""CA"" in a rectangle (not fully stamped),
Rear of frame on tang: ""IVU"" in an oval,
Below lanyard ring: "TN" in a rectangle.
HISTORY: Armi Beretta SpA of Gardone Val Trompia (about 20 km north of Brescia, Italy) has a history in firearms manufacturing reaching back to 1526, when they were established as a maker of barrels. But it was not until 1915 that, responding to the needs of the military during World War I, they produced their first pistol, the model 1915. Beretta has become one of the world's largest pistol makers and the model 1934 (M1934) was their most numerous product in the pre-World War II era.
In the early 1930s, the Italian army was impressed by the Walther PP pistol. Beretta did not want to lose a big military contract to their German competitor and designed the M1934 for the Italian Army which accepted it in 1937. This model was followed by the M1935, which was similar to the M1934 in most respects, except that it fired a .32 ACP (7.65 mm Browning) cartridge.
Pistols made during the Fascist Era are marked with their year of manufacture in two forms:
the conventional Julian date in Arabic numerals and the date in the Fascist Era in Roman numerals.
The Fascist calendar commenced on 28 October 1922, so a pistol from 1937 May carry either ""XV"" or ""XVI"" as its Fascist year.
As a footnote in the weapon's long history, an M1934 was used in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi, India on January 30, 1948.
The pistol, serial number 606824, was wielded by Nathuram Godse in the assassination.
It was also one of the weapons of choice for famed Australian criminal/author Mark Brandon ""Chopper"" Read.
It was a very informal pistol.
It was designed and purpose-built for the Italian armed forces, but was also sold on the black market.
Pistols taken by the armed forces usually exhibit acceptance marks stamped into the frame on the left just above the grip: ""RE"" (Regio Esercito) for the army, ""RM"" (Regia Marina) for the navy, or ""RA"" (Regia Aeronautica), always in the form of an Eagle wearing a Royal Crown for the Royal air force. Police pistols may be marked ""PS"" (Pubblica Sicurezza).
The Romanian military, at the time an Axis power, was also purchased model 1934 (and 1935) pistols. The caliber marking appears as 9 mm Scurt (short in Romanian) rather than 9 mm Corto.
Commercial variants in both 7.65 & 9mm Corto have been marketed since WW-II as the ""Puma"".
Production: From 1934 to 1991, about 1,080,000 units.
Calibre: 9 mm Short (.380 ACP)
Length: 150 mm
Width: 30 mm
Weight with empty magazine: 660 grv
Barrel length: 86 mm
Line of sight: 106 mm
Magazine: Single line, 7 rounds
Operation: semiautomatic, blow-back
Hammer: exposed, single action
Rifling: R.H., 6 grooves (pitch 250 mm)
Sights: front: blade, rear: V notch
Safeties: - manual hammer-block safety - half-cock position of hammer
Finish: - polished blue finish - plastic grips
Special features: - lanyard ring - a heel type magazine release
Vo: 240 m/sec
The Beretta model 1934 is a compact, semi-automatic (or self-loading) pistol which was issued as a standard service firearm to the Italian armed forces beginning in 1934.
Its caliber is 9 mm Corto (also known as 9×17mm Browning Short or .380 ACP).
Simple blow-backaction. External hammer could be cocked manually & has a 1/2 cock position.
Basically the same as the M1935 but with larger cartridge.
Disassembly: see http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/6144/34.htm
CLIP/MAG: Probably original, nice bluing, has ""4"" atbottom front
GRIPS: excellent black plastic, probably original with stylized ""PB"" on each
SIZE: 150mm oal, 86mm barrel, 730 gm.
NOTE: These photos don't do the gun justice - the color is Highly Polished DARK BLUE - there is NO brown on the gun.
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