Shooting Beretta's M1934 .380 pistol


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duelist1954
December 3, 2012, 08:04 AM
I've been told that, following the Luger, the Beretta Model 1934 was the second most popular war trophy in North Africa during WWII.

This Beretta M1934 belongs to a friend of mine. The little .380 auto served as the sidearm for the Italian army from 1934 until the end of 1991. This is a nice compact gun that is really fun to shoot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9d92FMwGMo

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SharpsDressedMan
December 3, 2012, 03:55 PM
The Beretta military auto came in .32 (M1935) and .380 (M1934) asnd was certainly found in N. Africa because the Italians were there with the Germans. I'd agree on both counts; great gun, and likely to be 2nd to the Luger for a trophy.

SharpsDressedMan
December 3, 2012, 09:13 PM
Here's a pic of a 1967 commercial version of the Beretta 1934, also called the "Cougar" at the time. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06296.jpg

Maia007
December 3, 2012, 10:37 PM
Superb little pieces. A sound and very reliable design with a long service history. Generally underpriced for their value, in my estimation. I shot my M1935 just yesterday.

guyfromohio
December 3, 2012, 10:44 PM
Sold mine 2 years ago. Shouldn't have.

The Lone Haranguer
December 4, 2012, 07:56 PM
Just think, that "antique" outperformed a number of newer guns. :p

The hammer seems to come awfully close to your hand. Did it bite?

HDCamel
December 4, 2012, 08:00 PM
I've always wanted one of those, but I can never find one.

56hawk
December 4, 2012, 08:18 PM
This is a nice compact gun that is really fun to shoot.

As long as you don't mind brass raining down on your head. Looks like you only got hit a couple times in your video. Mine drops about 50% of the cases on me.

guyfromohio
December 4, 2012, 10:29 PM
Haranguer.... it bit the heck out of my meaty paws. That was my biggest complaint.

Jim K
December 4, 2012, 10:35 PM
One of those guns that is just plain tough. Short of putting it on a railroad track there is not a lot that can be done to stop those guns from going bang.

Jim

ApacheCoTodd
December 4, 2012, 10:38 PM
Talk about your gilded lilies...

VINTAGE-SLOTCARS
December 4, 2012, 11:45 PM
Years ago I shot a friends 1934, I was flawless and fit my hand perfect. Since then I always wanted one. Years later I saw one sitting in a shop. I asked to see it and was taken suprise when I saw it was a .22 (beretta 948). I bought it and carry it all the time. One day I'll find it's big brother to along with it.

guyfromohio
December 5, 2012, 06:16 AM
So what fo they go for now? I bought mine for $275 about 6 years ago and sold it for $300 2 years ago. Is that about it? It was well-used without any of the coveted markings.

Rubber_Duck
December 5, 2012, 11:18 AM
I'm not a Beretta fan but I do want an M1934 .380 really bad.

bannockburn
December 5, 2012, 11:31 AM
I would love to have a Model 1934 as it is one of those classic designs. I also think the later Model 70 is another very stylish and well made pistol in the Beretta tradition.

Storm
December 5, 2012, 04:09 PM
I have a 1934 in .380 (1942) and a 1935 in .32 (1953). I have never shot the 1934 but have shot the 1935. It is actually a very nice smooth shooter. It is surprisingly accurate and would be even more accurate with a better trigger. I like the way the guns feel in my hands especially with the extended floor plate. On an aesthetic level I find the guns to be beautiful.

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