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Old October 15th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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Grandfathers .32 Beretta from 1952

This gun was my grandfathers, later acquired by my father who passed away a few years ago. It has been setting in my moms closet ever since. I figured I would bring it home and do a little research on it.

The Slide says Pietro Beretta-Gardone V.T. CAL. 7.65 PAT.
Above the trigger it has a few stamps and PSF 1952

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I did a some quick google searching and it seems to be a 1934. My grandfather did fight in Korea.

I'm sure this gun has not been fired in 30 years, I would love to try it out one day is there any precautions I need to take? It seems to be in pretty good shape.


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Old October 15th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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very cool! i know nothing about it.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 10:43 PM   #3
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Looks suspiciously like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_M_1935
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Old October 15th, 2009, 10:43 PM   #4
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Take it apart and clean it, you should be able to find instructions on the web. Oil it up, get you some .32 Auto ammo, and off to the range you go! That's a high quality vintage pistol, and it should give years of service. Congrats!! Btw, many of the European armed forces used 7.65/.32ACP caliber sidearms: FN/Browning Models 1900, 1910, 1910/22, various Berettas, Dreyse, Nagant, Tokarev, CZ52, original Lugers in .30 Luger, 1910 et. al. Mausers, Walther PP and PPK, I'm sure there are others I'm blanking on. They were used more as a symbol of authority than as a practical man stopper, although the 7.62x25 and ..30 Luger were alot hotter than .32ACP. Thats a very cool pistol.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #5
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Correction:
Very cool! Now I DO know something about it!

thanks guys
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #6
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I would suggest keeping it in mint condition to help with the value...make sure it works, though.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:13 PM   #7
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Good place for info on these.

http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=10


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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #8
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Nice! Thanks for the link.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #9
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Something to consider about ammo, most reports say that US made .32ACP ammo is weaker then the European made stuff. As a result, if you fire the gun, you may have function issues using American ammo. Assuming the springs are still 100%.

Here is a drawing of the gun:

Here is a place with some parts: http://www.e-gunparts.com/model.asp?idDept=27 The 1934 model was .380 caliber, the .32 was based on it.

The gun is exempt from the Roster Board law and the integral lock law but it still is a Regulated Firearm here.

If "52" was the year it was made, then isn't the gun a C&R? Doesn't mean anything for a sale in this state, but if you were to sell it out of state. IF you were to sell it.

Nice piece of history. Thanks for sharing.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 01:33 AM   #10
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IIRC the '34 was the .32, the '35 was the .380 . During WWII the .380 was Italian Army issue, the .32 was Italian Air Force issue. It remain in production post war.
It is a solid well made gun. The only thing is that by modern tastes the saftey is awkward to use. This is one that might best be carried condition 3 .
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Old October 16th, 2009, 01:43 AM   #11
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Wow... what a great piece. That's one of the best things about firearms IMO. Pieces of family history handed down generation to generation. I inherited my great-grandfathers Savage 1899 - .300 lever action (c1929).

I never knew my great-grandfather but he used the rifle to hunt deer and feed the family many years ago in the poconos. I have a connection to him through this great old rifle.

Firearms are a rich and treasured part of our history as Americans.

I hope it remains that way.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info guys, I have no intentions in selling it, probably hand to my son one day. I'll have to look at some of my grandfathers old war photos and see if he is wearing it in any.

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Something to consider about ammo, most reports say that US made .32ACP ammo is weaker then the European made stuff. As a result, if you fire the gun, you may have function issues using American ammo. Assuming the springs are still 100%.
Its funny you should say that becuase the only thing I remember my dad saying about shooting this gun was that it jammed all the time.


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Old October 20th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #13
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Keep it well oiled and protect it from rust! Shoot it if you want to, but please take care of it. Any time you have an old gun that has been in your family, it's fine to shoot it - just don't abuse it.


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Old October 20th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #14
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Got one from GC about a month ago, haven't shot it yet. Be carefull on disassembly if you don't know how, it can be a little tricky.


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Old October 20th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #15
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Got one from GC about a month ago, haven't shot it yet. Be carefull on disassembly if you don't know how, it can be a little tricky.
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Wouldn't that be C&R?


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Old October 20th, 2009, 06:21 PM   #16
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That's a very nice piece with some family history. Keep it clean, safe and pass it along one day. You'll be glad you did. And, you can shoot in the mean time.

Your treasure reminds me it's time to get Grandaddy's old Fulton 16 ga two-holer out of the safe and oil it up...
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Old October 21st, 2009, 04:20 PM   #17
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Wouldn't that be C&R?

They list a couple 1934's and 1935's in the C & R book, but they are specific:
Finnish Home Guard with "SKY" on the slide, and
Rumanian contract
but, of course, you can't buy a handgun as a C & R anyway in the people republik.


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Old October 21st, 2009, 04:33 PM   #18
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They list a couple 1934's and 1935's in the C & R book, but they are specific:
Finnish Home Guard with "SKY" on the slide, and
Rumanian contract
but, of course, you can't buy a handgun as a C & R anyway in the people republik.
50 years old or older also is C&R regardless of it in the "approved" C&R book.

Anthony C it's a good looking family keepsake.


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Old October 21st, 2009, 04:44 PM   #19
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Heres mine:
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Old September 6th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #20
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I have the exact same pistol with the same finish and markings. The right side of the slide is engraved with a Detroit police officers name and a date of 1956. Your pistol is the only other one that I have seen- the rest are blued military- issue and are slightly different. I'm going to try and find out something from the Detroit P.D. about the previous owner as I live here in Michigan. Any other info about civilian- issue 1935's would be helpful.
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