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Posted: 11/26/2003 6:22:10 AM EST
MODS: I wasn't sure about this post - if it should have gone in the C&R forum instead, please let me know or move it. THANKS!

This is from a gun collection, part of an estate with which I am helping a friend. Basically, I am trying to establish a fair market value for each item. That whole story is in another thread, if you are interested:


Military/historical firearms are not my bailiwick, but there is plenty of information on this particular model in the Blue Book, etc. This pistol is decribed by the owner's family as:

Beretta, Model 1934, Automatic Pistol, .38 Caliber, Serial # F85XXX

My most current copy of the Blue Book places the value of this pistol at $375 for 100%, $275 for 95%, $225 for 90%, etc. As you can see from the pictures below, this Beretta is in pretty good condition, shows normal wear, and has an original military/police holster. I suspect that it would rate on the high end of the percentage scale, but I am no good at assessing those percentages. I would appreciate any advice on how to evaluate/price this firearm fairly. I would prefer to avoid the hassle and expense of having these firearms professionally appraised, but I would like to be in the right ballpark when I establish the values.

Right now I am thinking $225 for the whole rig - does that seem fair?

Link Posted: 11/26/2003 11:32:58 AM EST
I would think $225 is a fair price. Neither the buyer nor seller is getting gouged & that's all one can ask for. These guns are a SLOW seller at gunshows though. Don't be surprised if it follows you home w/o selling, IMO.
Link Posted: 11/26/2003 11:47:37 AM EST

I don't have a lot of experience with these. Is this one typical of what you see at the gun shows, condition-wise (from what little you can tell from a photo, of course)? FWIW, the action is very crisp and frame/slide fit is solid.

Link Posted: 11/26/2003 3:22:14 PM EST
No, actually this one is much better than what I usually see at gunshows. Quality guns usually sell despite some drawbacks, IMO.

Good luck.
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