Beretta: the most coveted trophy


"Beretta" model of 1934 and release of 1937. Caliber 9 mm, magazine capacity 7 rounds


Weapon from around the world. Tell me, what can an ordinary soldier bring with him from the war? Not ours, of course, but, say, American? Of course, something is not very big, because where did he get the junk in the bag. However, if we asked the American military police about this, we would get an interesting answer. After the end of World War II, the Beretta pistol of 1934 and 1937 became the main souvenir for soldiers returning from the South European theater. And obviously there were some reasons for this, right?


The 1915 Beretta was bezelless, and this series began with it.

It so happened that the Beretta company began to produce pistols in the years of the First World War. Then the army entered the army in 1915 model design Tulio Marengoni caliber 9 mm. In 1917, it was supplemented by a sample under the Browning cartridge of 7.65 mm and finally a 1922 model with an enlarged cutout on the frame above the barrel for ejecting cartridges, which made it different from all other pistols of this time. So at the end of the 1920s, the company had three models of pistols in its lineup. The newest model was the M1923 pistol, but it was not accepted into service by the Italian army. The main difference between this model and the previous ones was the open trigger with a hole on it. As a result, the company decided to start developing a completely new pistol that would attract the attention of the military and allow it to receive a profitable military order.

And I must say that the work was crowned with success: the 1931 model appeared, which had all the combat characteristics of the 23rd model, but had a more compact design, and was lighter than its predecessor. The new pistol was developed under the classic Browning 7.65 cartridge, which was distinguished by high combat characteristics. And this pistol became the basis for the creation of the next model M 1934, from which the previous sample differed only in three features: the line of the tilt of the handle; wooden overlays on the handle; and some changes to the trigger.


The 1931 model already had all the signs of a future that has earned universal acclaim.

There was no special documentary evidence of the production of these pistols, although we know that it was quite limited and ceased by 1935 with the advent of the 1935 model of the same caliber. A number of 1931 models were acquired by the Navy. fleet, while some, supposedly very small, were sold in the civilian market. The serial numbers of these pistols for some reason begin with 400. So one instance of the 000 civil model was, for example, numbered 1933, and the other 402 had a number higher than 000.

Weapons made for the navy are easily recognizable by the medallion on the handles with the inscription RM and an anchor between the two letters. Civilian samples have a classic medallion with a monogram RV.

Several samples of M 1932 have been preserved, where the number 2 is clearly stamped on top of the number l. Based on this, it can be assumed that this pistol was not mass-produced, but was manufactured in small quantities as an experimental prototype or sample for delivery to the military commissions, which at that time were looking for a new pistol for the Italian armed forces. In fact, the 1932 model is identical to the future 1934 model, which was officially adopted by the royal army. The only difference was again in the handles, which at first had “cheeks” made of wood, not bakelite, but this design seems quite normal for the experimental sample.

In addition to the already-classic 7.65 caliber, the 1932 model first used the .380 ACP (9 × 17 mm) Colt-automatic cartridge, which was also one of the many creations of J.M. Browning. The cartridge in Italy was renamed to 9 “corto” (short), obviously in order to avoid confusion with the 9 mm cartridge of Glisenti, whose cartridge was several millimeters longer and therefore nicknamed the 9 mm “lungo” (long) - all that led to a noticeable confusion among 9mm caliber cartridges intended for use in Italian automatic pistols.

In the first half of the 30s, the new Beretta pistols were subjected to a series of comprehensive tests in the Italian army and the police. The pistols were compared with the German Walther PP, but in the end they liked their own gun more and was adopted by the name Modello 1934 calibro 9 corto.


"Beretta M" of 1934 and release of 1937 with the removed store. Strap bracket and magazine latch clearly visible

The adoption of this new 9 mm pistol by the army did not prevent, however, the development of the 7,65 caliber version, the 1935 model, the pistols of which were supplied to the Navy and the Air Force, and were produced regardless of the production of a larger caliber model.

It is interesting to note that these two pistols, which are almost identical, have, nevertheless, been arranged in such a way that it is impossible to replace components such as trunks or magazines in them.

It is also interesting that although the “Model 34” was considered a completely new model and was numbered separately (the numbers start at 500), the “Model 000” was still considered a new version of the 35 model and was numbered in the same series as its predecessor, as indicated by an analysis of their serial numbers. It should be added that there is also a “Model of 1931”, but in fact it is quite rare. This is nothing more than a commercial version of 1937, differing only in the inscription on the side surface of the shutter housing and the absence of military markings.

In the late 30s, Beretta also began experimenting with alloy frames for its pistols. In the postwar years, this version of the 7,65 caliber pistol had some commercial success, while the 9 mm version with the new frame was completely unsatisfactory and its release was continued exclusively from steel.


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Experts note that the Beretta M1934 (like the 35-year-old model) was a high-quality weapon and practically had no competitors in its functional class. Despite the import ban, and perhaps just because of it, this automatic pistol became an attractive military trophy for soldiers of all armies who crossed the land of Italy during the Second World War. Incidentally, the Italians write about this, but among the memoirs of the Americans there is evidence of this.

Its advantages include high reliability and good mobility, qualities that are necessary for any weapon on which human life depends in an extreme situation.

Beretta: the most coveted trophy

"Beretta" M1935. Right view

To this should be added the minimal cost and simplicity of any repairs necessary for this gun, which was required only in rare cases. In addition, he did not need high-power ammunition, which facilitated the process of learning how to shoot it. And it is very significant that all Beretta models are still in demand many years after they were discontinued, and the market quickly absorbed the masses of these pistols.


It is interesting that one of them even got into our Soviet cinema, where it was Beretta M1934 that was armed with none other than Semyon Semenovich Gorbunkov, the protagonist of the popular comedy The Diamond Arm. Why was he given this particular gun? You might think that our filmmakers didn’t find other small-sized pistols, but again, it means they weren’t! Here he is sticking out in his bag ...



"Where did you get the gun and the money from ?!"

The production of M1934 and M1935 continued throughout the war, although its total character on the quality of the weapons produced in Italy, and not only in Italy, certainly greatly affected the course of the war, especially with regard to weapons fired in 1944 and 1945. Fortunately for these guns, they were so simple that any manufacturing defect only affected their exterior finish and not their “performance” or safety.


Beretta with a shutter on a delay

The pistol of the 1945 model produced in the last months of World War II does not have a neat external finish and looks rude. The serial number and caliber designation are the only markings on these pistols, and they are marked on the frame just above the trigger guard.


This is what the Beretta M1934 looked like in 1942

Interestingly, during the time when the production of pistols fell into the hands of the Germans, the criteria for serial numbers changed. The simple progressive numbers that Beretta always used were replaced by a mixed code of letters - usually German, and numbers. In any case, there are several samples with the inscription "Pistola Beretta Cal 7.65 M35 SA Armaguerra-Cremona 1944" along with German numbering.


"Beretta" M1934 with engraving

I personally managed to get to know this gun and hold it in my hands. Although his tilt of the handle is not so great, it is very convenient to hold it in your hands. A big role in the convenience of retention is played by the “spur” at his store. Thanks to the "spur" and the handle fits comfortably in the hand, and the store is removed without much difficulty. True, in the traditions of his time, designers provided the gun with a magazine latch at the base of the handle. The spring is tight and shifting it is not very convenient. But there is no danger of losing the store.


Beretta in the hand. The spring of the extractor is clearly visible, ensuring the ejection of the sleeve straight up

The store feeder is also a shutter lag. As soon as the cartridges are used up, the shutter abuts against the protrusion of the feeder and remains in the rear position. Only when the empty magazine is removed does the bolt go forward, but only if it has not been fixed in the rear position with a safety catch for the recess in the bolt. Such locking of the bolt, in particular, is necessary for incomplete disassembly of the gun. Also on the left side of the bolt there is a stud - an indicator of the presence of a cartridge in the chamber. Of course, one would have to shoot from it in order to finally say whether it is convenient or not, but what is not is not. So you have to be satisfied with at least that.
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  1. bubalik 27 December 2019 18: 23 New
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    Not ours, of course, but, say, American?
    ,,, it became directly upset crying trophy no in the USSR they were awarded winked ! and which office wink well and correctly noticed in the famous comedy participated fellow

    L.A. Weiner from the NKGB of the USSR 1944

    1. Phil77 27 December 2019 18: 36 New
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      Hi Sergey! And why not TT, where is the support of the domestic manufacturer? It’s a joke, of course, in those years that was not a verbal approach.
      1. Ua3qhp 27 December 2019 18: 59 New
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        Because they “RECRUITED”, where did the Soviet citizen get the imported pistol from. Gaid the genius.
        1. Phil77 27 December 2019 19: 06 New
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          Ha! The fact that genius is understandable. But I meant Comrade Weiner's prize gun L.A. hi
          1. Alex_You 27 December 2019 19: 44 New
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            Duc, on the contrary, an award-winning trophy pistol of prestige. It seems that even now, the Walthers p-38 and ppk are handed out as a prize.
            1. Phil77 27 December 2019 19: 51 New
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              Examples? I ask for examples, especially about p-38. Where, when, to whom? stop
              1. Catfish 27 December 2019 23: 29 New
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                Shtirlitsa from Himmler, "For excellent work in SD" And it is R.38. laughing
                1. Svarog51 28 December 2019 07: 05 New
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                  And the award-winning PPK from which he shot and followed him into the pond?
                  1. Catfish 28 December 2019 07: 09 New
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                    And on the premium trellis in Gothic type: "Comrade Stirlitz from Comrade Himmler."

                    "Stirlitz has never been so close to failure!" (C) fellow
                    1. Svarog51 28 December 2019 07: 23 New
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                      "Walter is sorry!" crying
                      1. Catfish 28 December 2019 07: 38 New
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                        Does Shurik commemorate a favorite trunk? Poor thing ... drinks
                      2. Svarog51 28 December 2019 07: 42 New
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                        And what Shurik does not like a good trunk? repeat
                        drinks
                      3. Catfish 28 December 2019 08: 05 New
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                        I don’t know about the barrel, and a good TABLE, of course, is loved by anyone, and not just Shurik. wink
                      4. Svarog51 28 December 2019 08: 58 New
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                        I agree. good I’m doing a little bit of preparation. winked Three days left in total.
                      5. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 00 New
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                        We are here too ... already trying to start something. laughing drinks
                      6. Svarog51 28 December 2019 09: 02 New
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                        Lucky for you, but I still need to drive. I’ll meet my wife from work and rush to catch you. lol drinks
                      7. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 13 New
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                        I locked the steering wheel of the third bottom in the garage, from the temptation, a friend still calls almost every day, but in general does not accept alcohol. smile
                      8. Svarog51 28 December 2019 09: 17 New
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                        So why not frolic - that’s it. good
                        I regret it when I was in the GSVG; I had to look for that Walter from Stirlitz. I’d be a trophy too. It would be no worse than Beretta. Moreover, the award. laughing
                      9. Catfish 28 December 2019 10: 54 New
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                        So he's better than Beretta. good
            2. bubalik 28 December 2019 10: 15 New
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              Konstantin, on the wall, see how many weapons fellow I really don’t know them request
            3. Catfish 28 December 2019 10: 53 New
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              Hello, Sergey! Here, however, you can’t make out half, but the Japanese “Nambu” and “Smith and Wesson” are there for sure. Another "Mauser" and a couple of completely incomprehensible pistols. There are three flint below, one of them, in my opinion with a wheeled lock. smile
  • Ua3qhp 27 December 2019 20: 58 New
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    Why not. In the film "The meeting place cannot be changed," Browning Award featured if my memory serves me right. Just in those days, the attitude to weapons was much easier.
    1. Phil77 27 December 2019 21: 22 New
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      My friend! The key word is now! And the film featured * Bayard *, the episode with the murder of Larisa.
    2. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 21: 33 New
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      There appeared Bayard! yes and YES - there are still Prizes and Walter PPK and 38 ... even Mausers (Bolo)! wink
      1. Phil77 27 December 2019 21: 54 New
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        Friend! Well, names, surnames, appearances? "Your rank, landing place, first name! Damn it! What is your name? Where is your parachute, where ????" ... Argument, pliz! soldier
        1. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 22: 09 New
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          What a provocateur you are wink hmm ... so as not to burn, The Head of Roscosmos has two models (out of three)! I personally know who has the second Chechen (one of the three).
          Actually - Award Weapon, a very closed topic. bully Alex.
          1. Phil77 27 December 2019 22: 13 New
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            Got it! Is that him ??? laughing
          2. novel66 27 December 2019 22: 24 New
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            who knows a lot - must be able to be silent !! lol Lesh, hi! hi
            1. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 22: 27 New
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              Hello roma soldier Here you are right ... so not far and to failure (thought Stirlitz) repeat
              1. novel66 27 December 2019 22: 28 New
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                thought Stirlitz
                hiding a budennovka in a pocket ...
              2. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 22: 42 New
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                There is still a moment ... when it came to casting stairs for the Temple of the Ministry of Defense from captured weapons, the public rose - that unique samples, according to corruption schemes, would go to the West (under the guise of re-melting). And this is huge money! All Historic Weapons - Selling Great! The public - at their own expense, guaranteed a sufficient amount of Hitler's steel - to the stairs (how much of it is scattered in Our forests and swamps). fellow
                They wrote a letter to the President ... they received an answer - not one working copy - will not be re-melted.
              3. novel66 27 December 2019 22: 43 New
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                No, but the tanks lack chtoli? why weapons?
              4. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 22: 48 New
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                Why are you asking me? request I - I would not even sell it ... Price - Rising! fellow
                Yes, and Memory is ... about Victory. So, I would throw it out for sale - the most valuable ones ... whose price is $ 10 thousand.
              5. novel66 27 December 2019 22: 50 New
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                Yes, and no matter the price!
              6. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 22: 55 New
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                Quote: novel xnumx
                Yes, and no matter the price!

                I agree, but ... We have - Millions of these trunks! Valuable to Future Generations, the rest can be sold.
              7. novel66 27 December 2019 22: 56 New
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                eh, to dig and choose .. for good memory
              8. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 22: 58 New
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                Whatever the opportunity ... did you choose?
              9. novel66 27 December 2019 23: 00 New
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                I would die drooping there, I want everything and Beretta, and Walter and Parabellum and Mauser and mp-38/42 and even mg would not hurt
              10. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 23: 04 New
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                laughing laughing laughing The owner - in a word! yes
                Well, or Plyushkin - in common people (although the miser was Korobochka)! bully
              11. novel66 27 December 2019 23: 05 New
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                here yes !! and the colder would be even bigger !!!
              12. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 23: 08 New
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                Oh ... Roma touched on a sore subject ... one Eccentric (with a different letter) destroyed the whole colder with the symbols of the USSR !!! Unique patterns ... No words ... only Mat (prohibited on VO).
              13. novel66 27 December 2019 23: 10 New
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                would kill !!
              14. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 23: 16 New
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                You and I will become extremists!
                Come on - just offer to tear off your ears ... and not your ears either, but - in a joke! wink
              15. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 23: 23 New
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                Even here - far from politics, some kind of skin is Minus negative
                Rejoice - the skin that is on you ...
      2. Captain45 29 December 2019 01: 08 New
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        Quote: Hunter 2
        (although the miser was Box)!

        I apologize - wasA, Box she is a landowner, a woman hi
    3. Catfish 27 December 2019 23: 25 New
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      Roman, how do I understand you !!!
    4. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 23: 32 New
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      Here Roma understand not only It is possible ... also Praise - It is necessary! hi
    5. Catfish 27 December 2019 23: 34 New
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      I am pleased to praise, but ... Alexei, you, by chance, do not disclose the family secrets of Roman? wink
    6. Hunter 2 27 December 2019 23: 43 New
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      Miles Sorry ... Roma - A Good Person, A Noble Techie ... and I won’t give anything else ... even try! wink
      This is great when a man respects the memory of ancestors and respects weapons (both ours and the enemy). good
      Well, not about dolls, but to Him - Drooling out ... right word!
    7. Catfish 27 December 2019 23: 52 New
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      No, well, that’s understandable. I have the same approach to this matter. smile drinks
    8. Hunter 2 28 December 2019 00: 00 New
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      Colleague drinks . Weapon - carries a HUGE energy, both positive and negative! It (Weapon) - in itself, Harmless ... not a weapon kills but a man! sad
      Men, Wars - at least they should respect (Weapons), Know and be able to use it.
    9. Catfish 28 December 2019 00: 08 New
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      Everything is true from the first to the last word. On this occasion, I recalled a comedy with A. Sordi, the one where he played an arms dealer. There he explained to one type who called him the "salesman of death" that here it is, the weapon, shows Walter, it is nothing - a piece of iron, and it becomes a tool of death when it falls into those or other hands. I don’t remember exactly, but something like that. hi
    10. Hunter 2 28 December 2019 00: 20 New
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      Konstantin, Ready to Subscribe under every word ... the only annoying thing that is said in Comedy belay it should be Drama or Tragedy by genre. We will be familiar, my name is Alex hi .
    11. Catfish 28 December 2019 00: 30 New
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      We will be familiar drinks , among friends they call the cat. hi
      The Italians were very fond of making "social" comedies then, in this film they mocked very hard some African regimes under the dictatorial rule of "cannibals." So, everyone there could see what was more to his heart. And who just wanted to neigh, he was satisfied with this. Well, there was, for example, such humor: two mercenaries from Germany demonstrate the MG-42 in action, and one swears, "because of this machine gun we lost the war, and these black and leather ones buy it!" Well, and who will take this seriously. smile
  • novel66 28 December 2019 10: 50 New
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    Come on, Lech, I'm not a secret !! not even chipboard already
  • Hunter 2 28 December 2019 17: 27 New
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    Roma, Though you are an unclassified ... but Comedian (My mother) Unique! We will protect you! soldier
  • novel66 28 December 2019 18: 02 New
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    this attitude to life, crap is enough, you have to have fun
  • napalm 5 January 2020 20: 19 New
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    I would look at someone who would not want the same
  • novel66 6 January 2020 10: 03 New
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    I know these, but decent-looking people
  • 9PA
    9PA 28 December 2019 18: 44 New
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    Dream .. how it looks
  • 9PA
    9PA 28 December 2019 18: 46 New
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    Or so, very attractive
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  • Catfish 27 December 2019 23: 24 New
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    It's nice to hear that at least something has been achieved. Although ... the thieves are brilliant. request
  • Captain45 29 December 2019 01: 03 New
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    Quote: Hunter 2
    There is still a moment ... when it came to casting stairs for the Temple of the Ministry of Defense from captured weapons, the public rose - that unique samples, according to corruption schemes, would go to the West (under the guise of re-melting). And this is huge money! All Historic Weapons - Selling Great! The public - at their own expense, guaranteed a sufficient amount of Hitler's steel - to the stairs (how much of it is scattered in Our forests and swamps).

    "In total, it is planned to utilize 800 Parabellums and Walters, 1200 98k carbines and about a dozen Maschinengewehr 42 from the composition of the Wehrmacht stored on the basis of captured weapons." (c) Here: https://riafan.ru/1144864 specifically what trophy weapons will be used in construction and how is stored with a photo.
  • Ruslan67 27 December 2019 23: 18 New
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    Quote: Phil77
    , names, surnames, appearances? "Your rank, place of landing

    Will scratch tongue Ahmad Haji Kadyrov presented with Mauser
  • Pedrodepackes 27 December 2019 22: 01 New
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    Quote: Phil77
    And why not TT, where is the support of the domestic manufacturer?

    Beretta is beautiful, especially the latest models, but what about the TT? A piece of metal, somewhat processed by a file, is also unreliable and dangerous to operate.
    1. Phil77 27 December 2019 22: 17 New
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      Advertising! She’s all so beautiful! No? TT served and / for fans will serve /. Believe me!
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        Quote: Phil77
        Advertising! She's all so beautiful! No?

        So we are talking about premium weapons, not official ones. Yes, and as a service TT was unsuccessful, it was not for nothing that they wanted to replace it immediately after adoption, only the war prevented it. Funny, adopted in the 30th, and in the 52nd already “Makar” went.
        Quote: Phil77
        She's all so beautiful! No?

        and not only beautiful, but also reliable, and convenient, and safe for the shooter, unlike the TT
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  • VicktorVR 28 December 2019 06: 51 New
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    Beautiful, symbolic and convenient - the cartridges are rare, easy to track, if that.
  • Phil77 27 December 2019 18: 31 New
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    Good evening to everyone! But an interesting article turned out, dear Vyacheslav Olegovich! Thank you! I read it with pleasure. hi
  • marshes 27 December 2019 19: 00 New
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    About pistols, for me PM as a standard 92 for my not big handles is bulky. smile
  • dimann27 27 December 2019 19: 22 New
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    And where is the TT? Administrator? Turn on your brains!
  • bubalik 27 December 2019 19: 29 New
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    ,,, with such a gun Mahatma Gandhi was killed on January 30, 1948.
  • dimann27 27 December 2019 19: 30 New
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    A. Beretta, Beretta! , damn it, found!
  • dimann27 27 December 2019 19: 36 New
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    Fool, do not show! Enough!
  • stroybat ZABVO 27 December 2019 20: 22 New
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    Hi!
    We, in Argentina, sell a lot of these .....
    1. Phil77 27 December 2019 20: 40 New
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      Bought yourself? laughing laughing laughing
      1. Phil77 27 December 2019 21: 15 New
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        Judging by the minus, they did not bargain. Well, okay, everything is in the future. drinks
    2. However, dear 27 December 2019 21: 09 New
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      The Argentinean Bersa is based on the Beretta.



      https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/15060/bersa+t9mphc++thunder+pro+series+17%2b1+9mm+425%22
    3. Doctor 27 December 2019 21: 15 New
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      Hi!
      We, in Argentina, sell a lot of these .....


      And what about crime? And then we are all scared, such as kill each other.
      1. Phil77 27 December 2019 21: 38 New
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        Quote: Arzt
        how are you doing with crime? And then we are all scared, like kill each other

        A very, very controversial question. Personally, I emphasize PERSONALLY TO ME, I don’t need a weapon. Why? Just with our unstable legislation to sit down in old age? Well, stupid, no? But somewhere in the village, but on the protection of my house / land / -that is yes! It is necessary! and more powerful than the notorious "Beretta"!
        1. Catfish 27 December 2019 22: 51 New
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          Sergey, hello! hi I can’t disagree about the village, there are such thoughts that it would be nice to have something in your pocket, and not just carry around in your hands. But you are absolutely right about the “unstable legislation”, I even had the risk of going to Moscow every five years to drive and drive around. The bureaucrats are bad.
          1. Phil77 28 December 2019 08: 51 New
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            Am I in a * bath * or what? For what ????
            1. Catfish 28 December 2019 08: 58 New
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              Why is that? You write, I read you, everything is normal. And on History, a new article by Vashchenko, take a look.
      2. stroybat ZABVO 28 December 2019 20: 05 New
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        Hey.
        We have statistics that of all crimes with firearms, AZhzhzhzhzhzh, 1,5% are committed by "legitimate" weapons.
        That is, 98,5% of crimes are committed by "illegal" weapons.
      3. stroybat ZABVO 28 December 2019 20: 15 New
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        [quote = Arzt] [quote]
        Hi!
        We, in Argentina, sell a lot of such ..... [/ quote]


        Hi
        This gun, well, what I published in the photo, is for collectors, with a gun of this year, and at such a price, the daily wear is doubtful to me.
  • Phil77 27 December 2019 22: 10 New
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    But in general, where are you, Vyacheslav Olegovich?!?! Where are you? We are fighting with Sergey, and you are de ???
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 28 December 2019 10: 27 New
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      Sergei! Vyacheslav Olegovich was banned last week !!!
    2. Pane Kohanku 28 December 2019 12: 52 New
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      But in general, where are you, Vyacheslav Olegovich?!?! Where are you? We are fighting with Sergey, and you are de ???

      Yeah, I said the same thing the day before yesterday about the forum. We fight with Michael .... crying but help did not come! wink drinks
  • Undecim 27 December 2019 22: 34 New
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    There was no special documentary evidence of the production of these pistols, although we know that it was quite limited and ceased by 1935 with the advent of the 1935 model of the same caliber. A number of 1931 models were acquired by the navy, while some, presumably very small, were sold on the civilian market. The serial numbers of these pistols for some reason begin with 400. So one instance of the 000 civil model was, for example, numbered 1933, and the other 402 had a number higher than 000.

    Such information is in the directory Pistolt militari Italiano L. Salvatici
    The 1931 model (or Pistola Beretta 7,65 Brev. 1915 - 1919 M. 1931) was released in the years 1931-1933 in the amount of 8000 units (No. 400001 to 408000) of which about 6500 M1931 and about 1500 M1932.
    The difference is in the handle configuration.
    At M1931 it is straight.
    1. Undecim 27 December 2019 22: 43 New
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      In M1932, the rear surface of the handle has a bend.
      Several samples of M 1932 have been preserved, where the number 2 is clearly stamped on top of the number l. Based on this, it can be assumed that this pistol was not mass-produced, but was manufactured in small quantities as an experimental prototype or model for delivery to the military commissions, which at that time were looking for a new pistol for the Italian armed forces.
      That's just if the number two is stamped on top of the number one - this is Beretta M1932.
      Actually - M1932 is a transitional model to M1934, therefore there are M1934 pistols where four are knocked out over two.
  • Catfish 27 December 2019 23: 18 New
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    Thanks to Vyacheslav Olegich for the article, a kind of "ray of light in the dark kingdom." smile

    ... perhaps it was thanks to him that this automatic pistol became an attractive military trophy for soldiers of all armies who crossed the land of Italy during the Second World War.

    I do not think that among the soldiers of the Union armies there were real experts in assessing the relative rarity of captured weapons. And the Americans, in particular, were simply obsessed with all kinds of trophies and souvenirs.
    As for the functionality, the RR and RRK under the same 7x65 Browning cartridge beat these Berettas M1931-35 both in terms of reliability and ease of use. Just like Walther PP, under a 9 mm kurzpatron beat Beretta “Modello 1934 calibro 9 corto”. And this is not only my opinion, Walters of both models are produced and copied to this day, but these Berettas ... request
    1. Undecim 28 December 2019 01: 01 New
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      And these "Berettas" until 1992 were issued. Not too little.
      1. Catfish 28 December 2019 01: 48 New
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        Good night, Vic Nikolaevich. hi
        Issued, but not copied. Although ... the Spaniards, in their simplicity, were tearing down everything that was produced in this world.
    2. Phil77 28 December 2019 09: 00 New
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      My friend, it seems I ran into something, for which I don’t know ???, a personal connection? Antosha has everything. good
      1. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 01 New
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        So everything seems to be normal, now I will write in a personal.
        1. Phil77 28 December 2019 09: 04 New
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          He’s not opening his face! There’s news from Olegovich! I can’t open what? I don’t know! Oh, how ,! laughing
          1. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 06 New
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            The devil knows, usually the opposite. You can’t write a comment, but please in PM. Write to admins, maybe just a glitch.
            1. Phil77 28 December 2019 09: 15 New
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              I'm afraid wassat What if there are bombshets? And it’s angry at me!
              1. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 20 New
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                C'mon, this is his job. Angry, not evil, but I must understand the problem. If not a ban, it means a glitch. drinks
            2. Phil77 28 December 2019 09: 18 New
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              Strange, I didn’t swear, everything was correct, the GDP didn’t scold either (although it was worth it), a glitch?!? !!?
              1. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 23 New
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                Certainly a glitch, Anton says a server crash. Write to the admins.
                1. Phil77 28 December 2019 09: 28 New
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                  Glitch? Then CCM is the best club of all time !!!! laughingI won’t write, I don’t want to! For-right! "A hangover is a delicate matter" !!!!
                  1. Catfish 28 December 2019 09: 34 New
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                    Well, as a hosh, it's up to you. A hangover is really a delicate matter, so it’s better not to hangover. smile
                    1. Phil77 28 December 2019 09: 38 New
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                      Frets, friend! Temporarily disconnected, Seryoga-hello! Flaming !! Bye!
    3. KarabasBarabas 31 December 2019 18: 50 New
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      100%. In Israel, it is not uncommon to meet with civilians both 1934 and 1935, as well as Walter PP / PPK.
      Walter is definitely better, but in defense of Beretta I will say that in terms of reliability, these old men can still give odds to many modern samples.
  • Volunteer 28 December 2019 02: 11 New
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    It happened to me to use the Beretta 72, 22 gauge in the field this fall. We have a separate hunting season in the USA in my state, when you can use charging nipples only from the barrel. just like for Peter Alekseevich. chuck bite and TD. In short, I hit a deer in the neck. he fell. but when I approached it was visible. that he didn’t kill but simply paralyzed, I didn’t want to get my foot on my hip. so pulled Beretta and shot behind the ear, The machine is nice and famous for those. that in spite of the fact that the little thing_ does not jam, Perhaps because. that the shutter frame is all open from above, Year of production-1960. For self-defense, of course, I don’t wear it. and so on a little scare coyote and TP
    1. Catfish 28 December 2019 07: 37 New
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      You live well, gentlemen, "imperialists": in the hands of a fitting, in Berett’s pocket ... smile drinks
  • Vladimir_2U 28 December 2019 04: 22 New
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    "Tell me, what can an ordinary soldier bring with him from the war? Not ours, of course, but, say, an American?" There wasn’t a trophy weapon on hand after the war, quite at all. )))
  • Vladimir_2U 28 December 2019 04: 28 New
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    Nothing for the review article, though not a single source is indicated, but oh well, this is Shpakovsky. There will be something to poke with Olga’s nose, otherwise he introduced a new trick into his tantrums accusatory, about plagiarism. laughing
  • Ryaruav 28 December 2019 19: 34 New
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    when I was in Chisinau, working as a milling machine, we made this model for a sporting 5,6mm of the three of us, one completed it without burnishing and without self-cocking from 30 meters, I clearly hit the door without aiming
  • Costas-63 30 December 2019 02: 36 New
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    Fairly good article, and almost without errors.
    Here are just walked around and did not indicate the shortcomings of the models 934 and 935. And they are quite significant.
    1. Poor accuracy of fire. The reason is that the trunk is installed in the frame with short grooves in the breech area, because of this the barrel unnecessarily "hangs" in the muzzle ...
    2. Non-interchangeability of the main parts. The shutter on the frame from another just can not be put on without painful peeling. And if you don’t immediately put it on, then as a rule it’s a chatter. But more often than just the barrel / bolt just do not put on. All this affects the maintainability, and as a result, again on the accuracy due to the mentioned nilling.