Non Taurus Beretta "Clone"


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LubeckTech
July 23, 2012, 06:20 PM
Back in the late 1970s there was a periodical called "Handgun Tests" which reviewed guns but had a catalog of guns which they did not review in the rear. I remember seeing some in expensive pistols that I believe were convertable or at least were availavle in multiple calibers chiefly .22LR. They looked like beretta design copies but were NOT made by Taurus. Does anyone remember these?? If i heard the name I would know it.

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1KPerDay
July 23, 2012, 06:32 PM
No, but Chiappa makes one now, FYI, as do American Tactical Imports

bannockburn
July 23, 2012, 08:15 PM
You got me stumped on that one because I remember that magazine but not any inexpensive multi-caliber gun. The only one that comes to mind (and nothing like a Beretta), is the H&K P4 which was one gun in four different calibers: .22LR., .25, .32, and .380.

rcmodel
July 23, 2012, 08:35 PM
+1

HK4 is the only switch-caliber pistol of the time that I can recall.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_HK4

It had nothing to do with Beretta and didn't look like one though.

It sold in 1981 for $380 in .380 ACP, or $477 for the four barrel set in .22RF, .25ACP, .32ACP and .380ACP.

At the same time a Colt 1911 sold for $299, and a Ruger Standard .22 sold for $109.

They didn't sell very many of them!

rc

1KPerDay
July 24, 2012, 12:52 AM
D'oh... guess I should read more closely.

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