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Article about: Hi guys, I know this forum is not specialised on firearms, but anyway, maybe some of you know... I decided to buy italian Beretta 1934/5 and got an offer for one with german markings - WaA61

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    Hi guys, I know this forum is not specialised on firearms, but anyway, maybe some of you know...

    I decided to buy italian Beretta 1934/5 and got an offer for one with german markings - WaA617. The strange thing is that I could not google this marking at all.
    This is the only relevant link I could find Re: WaA 617 -? IDG - Allegro.pl - aukcje internetowe, bezpieczne zakupy.

    Does anyone know about WaA617? Thanks!

    I want the pistol because I like it (and because it is cheap, not because of any German markings so it does not mean that much to me. But...

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    The German Waffen Inspectors at Beretta Used the Waffenamt 162...BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Thanks. I know (or at least that is what I found out on the internet - and from several sources). The guy asks a low price for it, so it is not that he wants to make his gun "rare" or something like that (which always implies higher price..). I don't think he made it up or faked it, that is why I am curious about this one

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    Bill is correct, I can find no WaA617 that was marked on any German used pistol. Closest is WaA613 found on some Browning Hi-Powers. You should re-check with this fellow, and have him send pics of what he has. Regards, Steve

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    thanks guys. I will ask the seller to send pic of the marking.

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    So, here it is:
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    Hi, this marking rings a bell with me. I cannot now find where I read about it, but I am certain the marking is bad. Sorry I cannot help with more than that.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thank Ade,
    any other opinions and clues as to the authenticity are appreciated!

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    The picture shows a PISTOLA BERETTA dated 1941 with italian marks of production and use (for Regio Esercito). The germanic symbols (not clearly visible indeed) could have been posted after 1943 when a huge amount of these pistols were sized by the german army. Maybe the mark is likely an ispective mark.

    regards

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    As noted these are really freaking bogus german proofs. It's a shooter and thus should be valued as such , that is about zero collecting value for a refinished and boinkered with marked peice.

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