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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:07 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, 11:08 PM #2
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very cool! i know nothing about it.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:43 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, 11:43 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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Correction:
Very cool! Now I DO know something about it!

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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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Good place for info on these.

http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=10
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Nice! Thanks for the link.
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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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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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