SOLD FOR: $1305
Make: Mfg by Beretta for FN Browning
Serial Number: 425MM41210
Year of Manufacture: 2000 (BN Italian Date Code & MM Browning Date Code)
Caliber: .380 ACP (9mm Short)
Action Type: Single & Double Action, Semi-Auto Pistol With Decocker-Safety & Magazine Disconnect.
Markings: The left of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY / MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q.”, the right is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL”, “PB” in oval, and “MADE IN ITALY”. The barrel is marked “CAL. 9 Short / 380 Auto” on the chamber and with two Italian proofs on the right toward the muzzle. The left of the frame is marked “BDA-380 425” and “MM41210”. The right side of the frame has the Italian date code, three Italian proofs, and “CAT. 6754”. The floor plate on both magazines is marked “CAL. 9 Short/380 Auto”.
Barrel Length: 3 3/4?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade integral to the front of the slide, the rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut panels with Browning Buck Mark medallions in the center. Both panels have some light scratches and minor compressions. There are a few light nicks on the front of the right panel. The medallions show tarnish. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Black Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is extremely faint erosion throughout.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are light marks on the front and back strap. There is a slightly thinned mark on the left side of the frame. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a magazine disconnect safety. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This magazine comes in its original case with two 10-round magazines and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: Introduced in 1977, the Browning BDA-380 is a compact, high-capacity .380 semi-automatic pistol. It shares some features with the Beretta 80-series guns, but it has a full-slide instead of the open-top of the Beretta guns. Made for Browning in Italy by Beretta, the manufacture of these pistols certainly has an interesting story! This example has a blue finish and is in about Fine-Excellent condition, retaining about 98% of its finish with a nice bore and strong mechanics. This would make for a great carry pistol, with advances in cartridges making .380 a quite serviceable defensive round. That said, in its high condition, this pistol would appeal to Browning and Beretta collectors, as well as those who just like a beautiful, well-made pistol. Please see our photos and good luck!