Dating beretta guns by serial number
The serial number found on your gun has the answer. To find your serial number, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on serial numbers and dates of manufacture are accurate, records on early production models such as the Auto-5 and Superposed shotguns were not included due to the complexity of numbers, models and grades offered.Also, there have been unique limited edition models that did not follow our regular serial number configurations and they are not included in this listing.2, 1947—or was it instead shipped from the factory in nearby Val Trompia to the shop on that date?The serial number and proofmarks date the gun’s manufacture to 1947.
Wilson’s book “The World of Beretta” mentions that “Papa” bought a 12-gauge Beretta SO3 over-under, No. Mary Hemingway’s memoir, supported by letters from Ernest, recalls that in the fall of 1948 he was hunting ducks in the lagoons of Venice with a new shotgun.
Take the gun out of the bag, and you can see that its dark finish is nicked and worn down to bare steel in places, especially around the trigger and tip of the barrel.
Bring it close, and the smell, which should be faintly of oil, is nothing but bitter metal.
A: In an ideal world, all manufacturers would agree to incorporate the date in the serial number, in a mutually-agreed formula using plain language.
For instance, at the end of the number the figures 03.2016 could indicate manufacture in March of this year.
Incidentally, if you buy a new gun, don’t be surprised if it was made last year, or even before that.