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Old 02-08-2012, 07:54   #1
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Beretta fans - Check this out :)

This little gem is my first purchase of 2012 and my first purchase of any kind since last spring. Here we have a vintage Beretta model 70S in .22LR. Other than a very minor scuff on the bottom of the left grip, this baby looks like it just left the factory in Italy. There are no scratches and the bluing is perfect. The 70S is a SAO pistol that was chambered in 22LR, 32ACP, and 380.

While I'm not a huge Beretta collector, I do have a few classics now. As you can see, this model doesn't have the thumb rest style grips that some other 70S models have. I'm not sure if that means a later or earlier manufacturing date.

I believe the model was introduced in the late 50's, but I was hoping one of the Beretta guys on the forum could tell me the date of mfg based on the serial number.

Although I'm not as crazy about Beretta as I am some other brands, I'll freely admit they built some of the sexiest handguns in history. The 70S is no different. I think its sleek and beautiful.

Thoughts? Anybody own one?

Thank you


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Old 02-08-2012, 08:19   #2
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I have one.
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It's a favorite gun. I constantly look for another 22 at the gun shows.



This is cool.
http://www.tactical-life.com/online/...mossad-22-lrs/


Check the side screws on the rear sight. One of mine came loose and the sight blade flew out. I had little hope of finding it, or finding a replacement. Sometimes you luck out, because I did find it by dragging the area with a magnet.



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Old 02-08-2012, 09:05   #3
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Very nice..........
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:20   #4
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Very nice..........
Thanks Greg
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Very nice.

The lack of a thumb rest might indicate that it was imported before 1968.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:27   #6
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M2, thanks for the link. It was a good read.

I see yours has the other grips. Does that make it an older or newer production than mine?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:30   #7
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Very nice.

The lack of a thumb rest might indicate that it was imported before 1968.
Thanks.

Wow. If that's the case, it's in remarkable condition for its age.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:31   #8
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Very cool gun guys.
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I see yours has the other grips. Does that make it an older or newer production than mine?
I would guess mine is a later date.
Since the picture, I have replaced the grips with ones like yours. Mostly I don't like thumb rest grips on pistols.


Everyone that shoots mine wants one.


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The lack of a thumb rest might indicate that it was imported before 1968.
I remember these guns way back when. They also came with longer barrels.

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:42   #11
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I had one and foolishly sold it. If you do some scouting around, you'll read that this model was a favorite of the Israeli Mossad. Mine always ran flawlessly.
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I would guess mine is a later date.
Since the picture, I have replaced the grips with ones like yours. Mostly I don't like thumb rest grips on pistols.


Everyone that shoots mine wants one.



I remember these guns way back when. They also came with longer barrels.
Very cool

I look forward to getting mine to the range.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:50   #13
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Beautiful gun!!
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:59   #14
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Love it! Berettas are truly works of art
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:02   #15
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Excellent. My two are the early models with the push style safety. Would like to get the 1911 style safety like yours. As far as age, here is a site that walked me through.
http://www.sportingclays.net/forums/...659&messages=3
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I am in need of a front sight for my long barrel version of the pistol. It is the Beretta Model 75
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I had one and foolishly sold it. If you do some scouting around, you'll read that this model was a favorite of the Israeli Mossad. Mine always ran flawlessly.
Beat me to it, I was gonna say he better start practicing his Israeli draw

A very cool read-http://www.tactical-life.com/online/...mossad-22-lrs/

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:13   #17
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Congrats! Looks like a gem.

Aside from the SA and placement of the saftey, it looks surprisingly a lot like a 92FS

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Beautiful! and +1 on Beretta building great looking guns. I love the look of my 92fs Inox.
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Aside from the SA and placement of the saftey, it looks surprisingly a lot like a 92FS


Yes it does.

That's a good thing.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:34   #20
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VERY, VERY nice. Great looking gun. Congrats!

Now, buy some new carpet - hahahaha.... Maybe some hardwood floors
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