Asked by Wiki User. Was manufactured from onward. The serial number is not the way you date these firearms. On any Beretta, the year code is contained in a simple two letter mark on the frame near the trigger guard. Very nice little guns, but not very high re-sale value. I hope this will answer your questions and thank you for asking for me.
The Beretta M was Beretta's first locked-breech design on the market. Previous Beretta semi-automatic pistols were all blowback-operated. It was in limited production circa and in full-scale production from to This version of the Beretta M was replaced around by the steel-framed "second series" model. Although in and , a small number of alloy-framed Beretta Ms were made using the new alloy developed for the soon-to-be-released Beretta 92 pistol. The "second series" Beretta M was nearly grams heavier than the alloy version, but the balance was improved. A special version of this "second series," the Egyptian Contract Model , was modified according to the wishes of the military of the Egyptian Arab Republic, who placed Beretta in competition with the Hungary's Tokarev to become its primary supplier of sidearms.
Production began in late , solely in the Beretta U. It is a further development of the Beretta Model 20, whose production ended in The Beretta 21A Bobcat is available chambered for either. It has a simple blowback operation, with a single- and double-action trigger mechanism, and exposed hammer.
If you remove the barrels from the stock, turn them over and under the lump, next to the proof mark there will be a two letter code. Here are the date codes to find out which year they are Italian guns are easily dated by a code - not in the serial numbers but next to the proof mark. Here's the list - and apologies for a rather long post:. You may wonder why the letter sequence is not logical.