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Age of a Benelli?

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Beretta firearms produced in Italy carry a proof mark for the year of production. The chart below is

used to identify the year by this mark. For recent pistols this mark is usually located on the frame

near the trigger guard, for older pistols, the mark is on the slide or on the frame behind the grip

area. Shotguns have this mark stamped on the barrel near the chamber. You may need to remove

the barrel to read the mark.

On some older firearms, produced between 1925 to1954, the actual date was stamped instead of a

code mark. In this case the date can be located near the test proof marks on the frame. The

exception to this occurred during the regime of Benito Mussolini. The Italian Proof House used a

roman numeral system marking the year of his reign which began with "I" in 1922. The first Beretta

firearm using this dating system was the Model 1934 pistol (introduced in 1935), thus the year was

indicated as XIII (usually marked on the slide) and refering to the 13th year of Mussolini's regime.

This practice ended in 1945 with XXIII at the close of World War Two and the chart below takes up

from that point. It should be noted that some wartime production firearms were void of any marking

to indicate the production date.

We have also seen markings where roman and numerical figures are combined, for example XX7 for

1971, XX8 for 1972 and XX9 for 1973.

At 1988

Au 1989

Az 1990

Ba 1991

Bb 1992

Bc 1993

Bd 1994

Bf 1995

Bh 1996

Bi 1997

Bl 1998

Bm 1999

Bn 2000

Bp 2001

Bs 2002

Bt 2003

Bu 2004

Bz 2005

Ca 2006

Cb 2007

Cc 2008

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