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    myersn024 is offline Junior Member
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    Beretta 950 questions

    I went to a gun show over the weekend, and while I was there I picked up a Beretta 950 for my wife to carry after she gets her CHL. I didn't know a whole lot about the 950 series at the time, and I assumed it was one of the newer Tomcat models. After getting it home and getting it cleaned up, I realized that it was a lot older than I originally thought it was. I've done some research and as far as I can tell, based on the proof mark, it was manufactured in 1968 somewhere in Italy. However, I've read that Beretta changed the design slightly in 1968 to include an external safety; this gun has no safety. Anyway, I took it out and ran box of shells through it and at first the slide was quite sticky and didn't want to return fully after being fired even after being thoroughly cleaned and oiled. However, toward the end of the third clip it finally loosened up and is working like a champ now.

    There's very little info on the net about these particular guns, so my biggest question is what's the easiest way to find out how old the gun truly is? The owner's manual is in poorly translated english, so it doesn't offer much along the lines of proper cleaning and oiling. Are there any special procedures for cleaning and oiling guns as old as this one has turned out to be? And finally, since the gun is going to see occasional use, is there anything in particular that I should look out for when using an older gun?

    Thanks in advance,
    Nick

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    I would suggest firing off an email to Beretta's CS, include the serial number and see what they can tell you. Just my .02.

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    Just be prepared to wait a while, they were quick to send me an owners manual but it took them a while to send me info on a couple of markings my 92FS has that other 92's I've seen don't have, plus I found after further research the info they gave me was incorrect. Not trying to bash the CS dept but keep it in mind.

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    After doing some more research, I've decided not to send their customer support an email. Based on info I found on Beretta's website about proof marks on older guns, the gun was manufactured in 1968. Given it's age, the gun is in great shape. While looking for info, I found pictures of several 950's as old as the one that I have, and most didn't look as good as mine.

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    It would be interesting to see what they say though now that you already found out what you needed to know. With my 92FS, it had the proof marks like normal and it had the Police Special markings which I had pretty much figured what they were because of where it came from, Beretta told me they were all proof marks. Not a big deal I guess, just kinda annoyed me since I made a point to ask them info on their own product and I got a wrong answer.

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