Beretta Model 90 Roma
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Category: .32 Pistols - Beretta Pistols
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Member Since: 12/22/15
First Name: John
Last Name: Ferranti
Country: United States
Phone: (703) 609-1881
Seller: Private Seller
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[Bit of history and commentary from ://berettaweb, with literary license from my own experience.]
The Model 90 was Beretta’s first double action pistol and was a disappointment. It did not look like a Beretta, but rather one of the many imitations of the Walther PP (in an already crowded commercial field). The Roma on the slide and name indicates it was produced by the Rome affiliate rather than the main factory complex in Gardone. The frame is marked BR just forward of the serial number which I assume stands for Beretta Roma.
Production began in 1970 and ended in 1982. This one is marked as being imported by The Garcia Corporation, Washington DC
It was produced only in 7.65 (.32 ACP) and the alloy frame prevented it from being upgraded to larger calibers.
It shares many characteristics of the PP genre: Sights are tiny, without any accent dots or bars. The double action pull is horrendously long but the single action is tolerable. There is no hammer drop capability on the safety. There is enough hammer showing to lower it with a thumb hold/trigger pull if necessary, but I don’t think this is safe on a loaded chamber and not recommended. The slide will lock back on an empty magazine (single stack, 8 shot). There is no magazine safety (will shoot with magazine removed).
Also typical of this class of firearms, it hates hollowpoints! I’ve only tried GoldDots and SilverTips, but was unsuccessful. Your results may vary.
At least on this example, Beretta must have screwed up the bluing process. The steel slide is a very distinctive pinkish color. I don’t think this was intentional. Internet search of “plum” issues with firearms manufacturers (such as Ruger) will reveal that this is not an unheard of problem.
The case on this one is an old, beat up Beretta plastic which may be original to the gun, but can’t be confirmed. There are no labels or markings. At least it fits.
Besides the uniqueness of the firearm, the price reflects another rarity: there are three (3) factory magazines. Internet search may uncover more, but my search only found 2 (on another site for $125 each)
It has been fired and carried but overall condition is near excellent. There are scrapes on the grips which I tried to picture. They look worse in the pictures. There is a thumb rest on the left grip (annoying to us left handed shooters) but not too pronounced.
I will arrange shipping through my local FFL. I will absorb his fee. Shipping will be via insured priority mail at a fixed cost of $30
Model: 90 Roma
Caliber: .32 ACP (7.65)
Metal Condition: Noted in writeup
Bore Condition: Excellent