7/21/20 - The Beretta Model 1923 pistol was a service pistol used by the Italian Army from 1923 until 1945. The M1923 was designed to consolidate the improvements of the 1915/19 model and to use the 9mm Glisenti round. However, due to the vast amount of handguns available after the end of World War I only 3000 samples, of about 10000 produced, were purchased by the Italian Army. This particular example is marked with Crown over RE to denote Italian Army issue. The original blue is excellent with hardly any actual finish loss, but there is considerable oxidation on the straps. Excellent grips and proper mechanics. Bore has strong rifling but does have some corrosion in the grooves. Only drawback is that the magazine is an after-market replacement.