Beretta 950 vs 950B vs 950BS


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.455_Hunter
July 23, 2013, 12:51 PM
Greetings!

I have a old 1953 Italian 950 and modern Beretta-USA 950BS. The BS is noticeably thicker in the grips, slide, and frame, but the mags do seem to interchange. Is the 950B the same as the BS, just no manual safety? When and why was the B introduced? Were the B's ever made in Italy, or just in the US post-'68? Besides the manual safety, are there any real functional differences between the series?

Thanks!

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VA27
July 23, 2013, 05:40 PM
Some info here: http://www.berettaweb.com/950/serie%20950.htm

My reading of the engrish translation is that the 950B is the product improved version of the 950. Perhaps the B is for beefy. The S in the BS is for safety.

Anyway, it was produced concurrently with, and eventually replaced, the 418.

I like the 950 series and the Model 20 (a DA version of the 950BS) better than the current Model 21.

Just a guess on my part, but maybe the model number denotes the year of introduction; (1)950?

Hope this helps.

MICHAEL T
July 23, 2013, 10:47 PM
I have 2 of the 950 one with safety and one with out I also have a model 20 Any of the 3 better for carry than the model 21 . I have 2 of the 21 in 22LR for plinking My daughter's like to shoot them . The 21 is thicker and DA trigger isn't as nice as the old model 20 DA

pockets
July 24, 2013, 09:42 AM
A fairly good history of the 950 is at the 'littlegun' website.
http://www.littlegun.be/ma_collection/italie/a%20it%20beretta%20950%20gb.htm

I love the 950B. Mine was made in Brazil in 1956. (Also have newer 21A and 3032)

The original 950 had 2 torsion recoil springs in 1952.
That was changed in 1953 to a single-piece torsion spring with 2 'arms' engaging the slide.
They were commonly imported into the USA as the 'Jetfire' (.25acp) and 'Minx' (.22 Short).
The 950BS didn't arrive until the GCA of 1968 forced a safety to be added for the USA models. They were made that way through 2003.
The reason the grips on the 950 are thin and the 21A grips are fat is because; the 950 series uses a torsion recoil spring (a spring wire arm under each grip panel), whereas the 21A (and 3032) has a set of beefier coil springs with push-rod (one under each grip panel).
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