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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.
MARK YEAR
I or 1 1945
II or 2 1946
III or 3 1947
IV or 4 1948
V or 5 1949
VI or 6 1950
VII or 7 1951
VIII or 8 1952
IX or 9 1953
X 1954
XI 1955
XII 1956
XIII 1957
XIV 1958
XV 1959
XVI 1960
XVII 1961
XVIII 1962
XIX 1963
XX 1964
Date of Manufacture
XXI 1965
XXII 1966
XXIII 1967
XXIV 1968
XXV 1969
XXVI 1970
XXVII or XX7 1971
XXIII or XX8 1972
XXIX or XX9 1973
XXX 1974
AA 1975
AB 1976
AC 1977
AD 1978
AE 1979
AF 1980
AH 1981
AI 1982
AL 1983
AM 1984
AN 1985
AP 1986
AS 1987
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
Date of Manufacture
BT 2003
BU 2004
BZ 2005
CA 2006
CB 2007
CC 2008



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