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I picked up one of the C&R Beretta M1951 that Atlantic has and I it arrived today.

Got a few of questions:

How do I find out the year of manufacture? There is no year stamped on the slide or proof code on the trigger guard.

Is there a Italian Navy acceptance stamp on these pistols? Is it the first picture?

Which type of holster should I get to complete the rig? Are there surplus Italian Navy holsters out there?

Thanks

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Where would one get canvas holsters like that stateside?

Only ones I've seen offered are either for the Model 1934 or are the white Police-issue ones
 

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Follow-up, the holsters from Sportsmans Guide have arrived...

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Here it is, the "used" M1960 holster; the only wear I have seen is on the rear snap. It doesn't feel like traditional canvas, not sure if its been treated or is a cotton blend.

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The inside marking

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The only real disappointment is that it lacks a magazine pouch. Sportsmansguide lists a kit with a holster/belt/mag pouch but mentioned the Beretta 92. Should I roll the dice anyway?

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It fits in there nicely. In fact, A LOT of full-size 9mms fit in there just fine


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In the same order, picked up two British-inspired holsters for the Beretta 1934

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They are billed as "unissued" and must be, because just a few opening/closings is already flaking the paint off the hasps

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Beretta 1934 fits like a glove. Also fits (closes without effort) are Browning 1910 and Mauser 1914; "fits" (with effort) includes the Sauer 38H and Mauser HSc
 

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Follow-up, the holsters from Sportsmans Guide have arrived...

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Here it is, the "used" M1960 holster; the only wear I have seen is on the rear snap. It doesn't feel like traditional canvas, not sure if its been treated or is a cotton blend.

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The inside marking

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The only real disappointment is that it lacks a magazine pouch. Sportsmansguide lists a kit with a holster/belt/mag pouch but mentioned the Beretta 92. Should I roll the dice anyway?

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It fits in there nicely. In fact, A LOT of full-size 9mms fit in there just fine


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In the same order, picked up two British-inspired holsters for the Beretta 1934

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They are billed as "unissued" and must be, because just a few opening/closings is already flaking the paint off the hasps

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Beretta 1934 fits like a glove. Also fits (closes without effort) are Browning 1910 and Mauser 1914; "fits" (with effort) includes the Sauer 38H and Mauser HSc
I received my M60 holster a few days ago as well, paid for used but looks like new; I was also pondering ordering the holser/belt/mag pouch combo, but ended up ordering just the holster.
 

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I received my M60 holster a few days ago as well, paid for used but looks like new; I was also pondering ordering the holser/belt/mag pouch combo, but ended up ordering just the holster.
I'm thinking of another order of pants, if I do I'll get the combo just to see.

Only other option I have seen are leather Tariq magazine pouches, they hold four mags but are incredibly hard to find (though a place called Enemy Militaria has a few).
 

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I received my M60 holster a few days ago as well, paid for used but looks like new; I was also pondering ordering the holser/belt/mag pouch combo, but ended up ordering just the holster.
You chose wisely.

Got the belt/holster/pouch combo in. SPOILER ALERT: Its not a magazine pouch

Holster looked identical the to M60 holster I received before, only without inside markings. The pouch is 8x10x2 and not compartmentalized for magazines inside; so its not a magazine pouch at all. Nothing special about the belt.
 

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CORRECTION: Police holster NOT an M1960, see below:

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Police holster that came with the belt and pouch, its made of the same fabric and with the same techniques, but its cut a bit different
Alas, still no mag pouch

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Direct comparison with M1960 holster, I'm guessing the police holster is for a double-column pistol and hence the larger cutout

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The "mag pouch" The piece of paper beneath it helps me ballpark the size at 8x10x2

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Inside? Absolutely nothing.
 

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Sometimes there is a date code under the left grip:

I found no date code under either grip on my M1951. There is a strange marking between the lanyard loop and the magazine, a large block D and a mark to its left that resembles an 8. The 8 starts half way up the D and appears to be missing 2/3 of the top right.
It is a P Beretta. Barrel, slide, and frame serial numbers match. There is an mM on the right side of the beaver tail in an oval.
Has anyone found another resource to determine date of manufacture?
 

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Mine had an actual date on the beavertail

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I've also seen the proofmark code on the trigger guard web or just below the slide.
 
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