Ok experts. Can you identify this pistol I bought?


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jsalcedo
March 11, 2004, 07:34 PM
I know nothing about this gun. I can't find it in any books, news groups
archives of any sort.

It is an single action Beretta 7.65 caliber

Adjustable rear sight

Marked PB 100 the import marks read Berben NY NY

The mag release is the grip screw (pretty cool)
the gun takes down almost exactly like a beretta 92

It is unfired.


Anyone have any info on this gun?
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-1/620707/ber.JPG

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Walt Sherrill
March 11, 2004, 07:58 PM
Its a Beretta Model 100 (also called the Model 70). Pictures of it can be seen in the Standard Catalog of Firearms. (Mine is the 2001 edition.)

It comes in several different barrel lengths. The Blue Books shows values varying from $90 for poor shape to maybe $200 in excellent shape.

joab
March 11, 2004, 08:11 PM
Walt beat me to it but heres a pic from the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Handguns
http://img5.photobucket.com/albums/v14/bugman/0f5a4601.jpg

jsalcedo
March 11, 2004, 08:12 PM
Thanks.

Any info on when the model 100 was produced?

I looked at the model 70's and they look identical except mine has a much longer barrel.

Walt Sherrill
March 11, 2004, 08:31 PM
The Model 100 and the model 70 are the same gun. Probably marked differently depending on the country in which it was sold.

According to one of my reference books, the 100 designation was briefly used in the US during the '60s. You've got an unfired gun, first sold about 40 years ago.

Old Fuff
March 11, 2004, 11:58 PM
I believe Beretta created it in response to the 1968 GCA. To be imported a pistol had to have so many BATF points, so the regular short barrel was replaced with a long one. I once used one while testing a piece of experimental bullet proof glass the Checker Cab Co. was interested in. Unexpectedly ball .32 ACP fired from this pistol would penetrate the glass, while cartridges such as .38 Special and .45 ACP wouldn’t.

joab
March 12, 2004, 03:19 AM
I cant find anything on a model 100 but the 70T was produced from 1959 to about '85 or '89
The .22 version of the model 70 was marketed as model 101 so that would support the model 100/70 theory

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