My own grandfather found one of those during WWII as well and sent it back home. My Dad has it currently and we will shoot it on occasion. They're quite easy to break down for cleaning. I've got almost zero handgun experience personally so couldn't speak to much else about the gun's performance. I have seen a few FTFs, but Dad & I go shooting perhaps once every few years and I have no idea what ammo he loads in it. It may also be that the gun hasn't had a proper break-in either. I'd be surprised if it's had more than a hundred rounds through it.
# 12684 - 1934 Beretta Value
Beretta - 9 - Don't Know -
Beretta cal.9 m1934 1941xx with leather holster. My grandfather got this and its holster while serving in World War II. The story is it came from a German Officer. We are trying to get an appraisal on this but aren't having any luck at this point.
Cyndi, you have a W.W.II vintage Beretta Model 1934 pistol. The Beretta models 1934 and 1935 were Italy's main service sidearms during W.W.II. The two models were basically the same except that Model 1934 was chambered for 9MM Corto (380) while the Model 1935 was chambered for 7.65 mm Brevettata (.32 Auto). Military Model 1934 pistols were marked on the left hand side of the slide "P. Beretta Cal 9 Corto - Mo 1934 Brevet Gardone VT" followed by the date of manufacture. The date of manufacture was marked in two systems (except on late wartime production models), the Christian calendar (1934) and a Roman numeral denoting the year of the Fascist calendar which began in 1922.
Value for your pistol will depend on condition. Pistols that are in poor condition or that have been re- blued can sell for as little as $75.00. Pistols in excellent condition can go as high as $650. Marc