To anyone who might know. A friend of mine has these two guns and they are really in GREAT condition. One is a Beretta 9mm Corta 1934. The slide also has P B 1966 on it with a serial number F53152. Any info you have. The only thing wrong with this one is the left grip is broken. But he has the piece and it can be repaired.
Also, he has what I think is an outstanding example of a Colt Automatic 380 Hammerless. Serial Number 27212 Has Patten dates of April 20 1897-December 22 1903. It is in really good condition. Just normal wear marks. Has original Magazine with it. And all the pony marks are in excelent shape. Very very sharp. He doesn't think much has been through it.
So any information anybody would be great. He isn't interested in selling anything. Both are family treasures. He was just curious about what they might be worth for insurance purposes.
There is an excellent, but short, article in the Sept. 3 issue of the Gun Digest. Beretta 34's "many were imported to America through the 1960's." It also says that normal production ceased in 1975. In the early 1990's a final batch came in that were assembled from some war time parts found at Beretta's factory. You will have to get a copy of Gun Digest to figue out what your friends has. I would still follow up on what ruf-snow sugjested.