Beretta model 70 & 71 "Jaguar"


February 20, 2012, 10:51 PM
My father is handing down his model 70 or 71 beretta "Jaguar" to me (Don't know the exact model) and I just had one question; was this weapon manufactured specifically for the Mossad or was it manufactured for public use and just adopted by the Mossad. I read one history website about it but it just talked about its use with them and I would like to know if I have one that was at one point owned by the secret service of Israel, or the sky marshals of israel for that matter. Thank you!

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February 21, 2012, 04:12 AM
was this weapon manufactured specifically for the Mossad

No, it wasn't, this model and the similar ones that preceed it were produced for both commercial and governmental use, ie: police and military. Israel used whatever guns they could aquire in the early days of their existence. The Mossad connection to this particular gun is way over played, IMHO, as it has no other history with any other nation other than a standard police sidearm.

I strongly suspect sky marshalls use a higher caliber than the .380.

M2 Carbine
February 21, 2012, 10:05 AM
Good gun.
I got mine back in November.

There is a Israeli on Glock talk that mentioned just last week that the 70s is still issued to some minor LEO personel. He showed a picture of a young lady armed with the 70s. He also said that Israel has a lot of Beretta 70 pistols that they no longer use and would like to sell. Too bad they can't be shipped to the US.



February 21, 2012, 12:33 PM
I love .22s of all shapes and sizes. These two Berettas are among my favorite. The 70S is a great gun and incredibly reliable. I replaced the original thumbrest grips on the 70S with vintagegrips. I just like the look a little better. I would love to find some wood grips for it.

February 21, 2012, 05:32 PM
They were actually brought to Israel for police use and for sky marshals, as for both purposes there is a lessened danger to whatever lies beyond your target. Use of the Beretta .22 by the Mossad was probably more as a convenience than anything else. Israeli security personnel would have a few at an embassy, and ElAl guards would have a few on their planes, and they would serve as a ready supply for whoever else might need a pistol.

While we're on the subject...anyone have a spare 3.5" .22 barrel they might part with? I have one in Israel waiting for me, but the trouble is actually getting it here. The wife is going back for the next wedding and I don't think she'll want to bring it back for me. :(

February 21, 2012, 09:36 PM
Quiet Critter Control.

February 22, 2012, 06:57 PM
I think I have misspoke. I meant to say the beretta 75 Jaguar (or was I right the first time? All my father told me is that he's giving me his Jaguar but I can't remember the model!). Whatever it is, the gun is absolutely fantastic and a real pleasure to shoot! Thanks for the information and those are swell lookin' Berettas!

February 22, 2012, 08:41 PM
71's and 75's are about the same. The 75 either has the 6" barrel, or possibly both long and short barrels; I can't remember.

February 22, 2012, 10:58 PM
I think the Model 75 was just the longer barrel (5.9"), version of the alloy framed Model 71. The Model 72 came with both the 5.9" and the 3.5" barrels.The 71, 72, and 75 have an 8 rd. mag while the 73 and 74 have a 10 rd. mag.

February 23, 2012, 03:12 PM
Oh ok I see. I found out that the model was 71, not 75. Thanks guys!

February 23, 2012, 05:08 PM
Good gun.
I got mine back in November.

Man, those are pretty. :cool:

February 23, 2012, 11:18 PM
I see where the Neos gets its lines from.


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