SOLD FOR: $1,505
Serial Number: B37362Y
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .380 ACP
Action Type: Traditional Double Action Semi-Automatic (DA/SA) with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked in script “P. BERETTA GARDONE V.T. CAL .380 MADE IN ITALY”. The left side of the frame is marked “B37362Y”. The right side of the slide is marked “BERBEN CORPORATION N.Y. N.Y. MOD. 84 PATENTED”. The right side of the frame is marked “PB”, with two proofs and “AF” in a square. The floorplate of the magazine is marked “CAL. 9 SHORT / 380 AUTO”. There is a gold insert on the left grip which is marked in very tiny font, “750 29 88”. This pistol has light scroll engraving on the slide and frame.
Barrel Length: 3 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small blade which is an integral part of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetail set to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth hardwood. There is a gold insert on the left grip. There are only faint handling marks on the grips. The right grip shows some faint marks. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Gold Trigger and Hammer
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only faint handling marks on the slide. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly in both double and single action. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in its original box with matching end label and one 13-round magazine. This magazine cannot be transferred to a resident of California or to a resident of any state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: The Cheetah started with the Series 81 in .32 ACP in 1976 and its variations include the .380 ACP and .22 Long Rifle. This Model 84 pistol would make a great carry gun because of its moderate size, double action capability and its 13-round magazine. It’s in Excellent condition and has scroll engraving and a gold trigger and hammer. It may be more at home in a collection but can always be brought out for carry when you get the urge or attend black tie events.