Beretta Model 70 and 70S


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HolyMan
June 23, 2012, 06:57 AM
Literally, for a year or more, I have sought to acquire a Beretta Model 70 .22LR. Finally, I could wait no longer and bought a Ruger SR22 ("Eva") and 750 rounds of ammo - which it had digested admirably.

2 days later a Model 70 pops up on gunauction.com and I went after it like a cat who hears a can opener. I told myself I would not be high bidder. The 70 series, but especially the .22LRs, are hot items. Well, on Father's Day I received notice I had won the auction and I am anxiously awaiting "Magda," liberated from the Peoples Republic of California - too small for the 68 Gun Control Act. (Eh, maybe I'll name her Charlie after Diane Keaton in "The Little Drummer Girl.")

While I have been waiting I notice that there are listed or mentioned various places a Beretta Model 70"S". Assuming there is such a creature, does anyone know the difference between a plain ol' Model 70 and a Model 70"S"?

Thanks!

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Shear_stress
June 23, 2012, 08:50 AM
Beretta's model numbering system, like those of a lot of makers, is pretty arbitrary.

The Model 70 was not a .22, that was the model 71 (as well as the less commonly seen 72, 73, 4, 75 and 76.) The original model 70 was chambered in 32 ACP. According to JB Wood's "Beretta Automatic Pistols," in the late 1970s a magazine safety was added to the series and the 70S was born. This model was chambered in either .22LR and .380 and was available with a steel frame.

I love the 70-series .22 pistols and managed to get into them when they were still pretty cheap. Prices have gotten outrageous--to the point that some sellers want more for used pistols than for new Model 87s, which I prefer.

browningguy
June 23, 2012, 02:05 PM
I love mine also, it's a model 70s in .22, very nice little pistol to shoot. I also have a model 76, which is a completely different pistol, designed as a target pistol with a full heavy slide.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/beretta76.jpg

JERRY
June 23, 2012, 02:33 PM
these "puma" guns are nice for single actions, i just dont care for the cross bolt safety on the older ones.

id love to find a real model 90 "roma" beretta at a descent price.

SharpsDressedMan
June 23, 2012, 04:21 PM
I believe the Beretta 70/71/72/75 series guns were used by the Israeli Mossad. Pretty good endorsement. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05365.jpg

westtx28
June 23, 2012, 04:51 PM
+1 on everything Shear_stress wrote. That is my understanding as well.

Beretta did these .22LR with quality, style, and much class.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss106/westtx28/Beretta70s-87.jpg

HolyMan
June 24, 2012, 07:18 PM
Thanks for the excellent information and the beautiful pictures!

MedWheeler
June 24, 2012, 07:46 PM
SharpsDressedMan writes:

I believe the Beretta 70/71/72/75 series guns were used by the Israeli Mossad. Pretty good endorsement.

They were indeed. Read more here:

http://www.tactical-life.com/online/tactical-weapons/israeli-mossad-22-lrs/

Muddflap
June 24, 2012, 08:29 PM
Here's my 70S in .380. I bought it new in the early 70's for about $149.00.

scaatylobo
June 24, 2012, 08:36 PM
I bought my 70S after reading that it was the gun chosen to 'remove' the planners of the Munich attack during the olympics there in 1972.

I remember that attack,and I bought mine to shoot.

I have thousands of rounds through her and though I carry much larger calibers daily - that is a gun I would bet my life on.

I have carried her as a BUG and as a 'chuck' pistol too,in conjunction with a rifle.

I bought her about 1975/76 for about 150.00

Kiln
June 24, 2012, 11:22 PM
The beretta 70 is awesome, I have toyed with getting one of the Titan 2 pistols (model 70 clone) because the price on them is muuuch lower but I have managed to hold off so far.

Also, I do not name my guns because the manufacturer names them all for me with model numbers.

Anyone will know what you're talking about if you say "I took my Glock 22 out to the range and shot it, it was a very relaxing experience." but expect many horrific looks and police questioning if you say "Yeah I took Vera out to the range and shot her...it was a very relaxing experience."

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