SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Beretta (Imported by Garcia Sporting Arms of Washington, DC)
Model: 101 (US import variant of the Model 74)
Serial Number: L72446
Year of Manufacture: 1971 (Italian “XX7” date code)
Caliber: 7.65mm Browning (.32 ACP)
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PIETRO BERETTA – GARDONE V.T. CAL. 7.65”. The right side of the slide is marked “PB – MOD. 100 – MADE in ITALY”. The left side of the frame is marked “GARCIA SPORTING ARMS. WASH., D.C.”. The right side of the frame is marked with “PB” the serial number, “L72446”. The right side trigger bow is marked with two Italian proof marks and an Italian “XX7” date code, indicating the year of manufacture as 1971. Both grip panels are marked with the three-arrow emblem over “P. BERETTA”. The right side of the barrel is marked with two Italian proof marks.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade affixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a height and windage adjustable square-notch mounted to the slide.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered polymer panels with smooth borders and serrated backstrap. The smooth areas have light nicks and scuffs throughout. There are a few minor losses at the top rear of the left panel. The checkering is well-defined. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Good-to-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued and Alloy
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but minor stubborn fouling can be seen near the throat and at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The barrel has very minor operational wear. The screws have light tool marks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This pistol includes one (1) 8-round magazine with pinky extension, the original factory box and the manual.
Our Assessment: On offer here is a Beretta 100 manufactured in 1971. The 100 is effectively a Beretta 74 pattern but was an export version for the United States market. This version has a 6” target barrel and an adjustable rear target sight. In overall Fine-to-Excellent condition, this pistol has very little wear, but the bore is bright and clean, and mechanically all is well. Good luck and happy bidding!