Jacob sent us a photo of his Beretta dating back to the last months of WWII. He writes …

I saw your POTD of the Beretta Model 20 and I thought I might share a photo of my Beretta M1934, an ancestor of the Model 20. Mine is from 1944, and has German acceptance marks. According to Beretta, mine was part of an order delivered to the Nazi Army High Command in February 1945. It is chambered in .32ACP and has a matching magazine. I actually carry this gun regularly when I can’t or don’t want to dress around my 1911. Mine functions flawlessly, and is in about 80% condition. There construction is a little rough, but unsurprising given the late war manufacture. I find it to be surprisingly accurate at 10-15 yards, certainly good enough for a defensive pistol. It’s an interesting design, very simple to strip for cleaning and very solidly built. I also find it entertaining, as a Jewish person, to be turning a German army weapon to my own protection.

Very interesting, thanks Jacod. I like your sense of irony!



  • Squirreltakular

    I had one for a while before selling it to my friend. Great little gun. I’d love to see Beretta do a modern reboot in 9mm.

    • Tod C

      I’d like a modern one with real sights in 32 ACP. I like nice 32s. Not sure why.

      • It doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy them:-)

      • iksnilol

        Same here, 32 is common and the price is tolerable. .380 is harder to get and costs juat as much if not more.

        I am looking at the CZ 83 in .32. Small yet has a 15 round magazine.

  • BryanS

    I have one that my great-grandfather brought back from Italy in WWII. Its one of the versions made in the last 2 months of the war, as they blued it but did not polish the sides before. It functioned flawlessly until it ended up the victim of a flooded bathroom in my grandfather’s house, and now waits for some minor restoration, soaking in oil, sealed in mylar. (technically not mine until he passes, if only I could get him to the range to enjoy it)