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Beretta 70S Back from Mahovsky's...Great Job!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Confederate, May 3, 2008.

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  1. Confederate

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    As a few others have reported, the Beretta 70S in both .380 and .22LR have had the occasional problem of surface rust. Encountering the same thing on my Beretta, I determined to have it hard chromed plated. And since Ron Mahovsky had the best price by far, I decided to give him a go.

    After I had sent it off, a few weeks later, I contacted Ron and learned he was just preparing to put the gun back together. I'd just noticed that they offered polishing for about twenty dollars an hour. Wanting a polished stainless look for the pistol, I asked if he could give it a quick polish job and he said no problem. Not only did he accommodate me at the last minute, he didnt charge me a cent for the polishing, and yesterday when I got the gun, it looked great.

    Anyway, I decided to post a few photos, publicly thank Ron for a great job and to recommend him to anyone needing a professional plating job on their firearms. Thanks, Ron! You do excellent work.

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    This is how the gun came from Beretta. Thanks
    to the Gun Control Act of 1968, the grips were
    pretty worthless and needed changing. Beretta
    also played cheap by supplying only one magazine.


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    With new grips and the plating job, it turns into
    an even more exceptional gun.


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    The Metalife finish, otherwise known as SS Chromium M, is our most durable finish. Metalife looks like stainless steel, but has a hardness of about 71 on the Rockwell "C" Scale, which is even harder than stainless steel. It is guaranteed not to chip, crack or peel when applied to metal in good condition, and it is highly rust resistant and holster-wear resistant. It requires reasonable care and is guaranteed for the life of your piece.

    Also, the Metalife has a maximum build up of only .0002. This means it will not affect the tolerances of even the finest fitted parts. Unlike some platings which coat the metal, the Metalife plating process fills the pores of the base material to form a molecular bond.
     
  2. briansp82593

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    beautiful
     
  3. The Lone Haranguer

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    Nice-looking plating job. :) Interesting gun as well. It even has adjustable sights.
     
  4. Confederate

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    Yep. The .22LR had adjustable sights; the .380 did not. Both were outstanding guns.
     
  5. Eightball

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    Spiffy looking.
     
  6. Moonclip

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    Very nice, wasn't this a Mossad favorite? I rarely see these guns locally.
     
  7. bannockburn

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    Time for a family reunion. Your's looks even better; thought it looked a little shinier than mine when I saw it in your PM. That polishing job is just icing on the cake. Now you really are a confederate, at least as far as Beretta Model 70S are concerned.
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  8. Zebulon

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    Ron Mahovsky is the master.....Been in the game for a good long time...Too bad he doesn't get the press his lessers do......Maybe this pistol will do something about that. Thanks for sharing it, it's a Beauty! Zebulon
     
  9. Prince Yamato

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    I like the importer... Berben, Co. NY, NY :D
     
  10. Muddflap

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    That looks great.
    I have a 70S in .380 that I have had for close to 35 years. I think I paid $159.00 for it. I can't get rid of it, I don't shoot it much, and it's turned into a safe queen. The blueing on mine is still pretty good, but I think the plating looks fantastic. I have always liked the looks of the gun, and the finish on yours really makes it extra special.
    I think I will check into having mine plated too.
    Where did you find the grips?
     
  11. usp9

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    OOOH AHHHH! I Like! I Want. Color me green :D with envy.
     
  12. Cowboybootnut

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    Nice, I had a .380 years ago, wished I would have kept it. :banghead:

    I hated the grips though.
     
  13. Jim Watson

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    Isn't that cute.
    I wish I had bought one when Beretta was going double action and the distributors were blowing out the 70 models cheap. Not to mention a real Eyetalian 51 instead of the usual Arab copy.
     
  14. Confederate

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    Say, Mudflapp and all you others, you guys won't find a better price or better quality! Oh, and Moonclip's right. The 70S and the small Ruger Standard Auto were always favorites with the Israeli special force ops. (The Ruger seems to be everyone's favorite.) Anyway, I'm glad I finally up and got this 70S plated. I'd been thinking about it for a long time.

    Here're some more photos:

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    Oh, and again, if you do get your gun plated, don't forget to ask for the gun to be polished. The unpolished one's I've seen seem to be a matted, slightly greenish finish. The polished ones look very much like stainless, which is what this one looks like.



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  15. Muddflap

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    Where did you find the grips?
     
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    I don't know about Confederate's grips, but I got mine many years ago from a one-time importer who had an ad in the back of one of the gun magazines. It took forever to get them (slow moving transport ship from Italy, constant threat from U-boats, delayed in customs, etc.), but I finally received them. They were a bit tricky to get them fitted properly on my Model 70S, as there were some internal diferences with the grip frame and the inletting on the inside of the grips. But they were worth it, as they look and feel so much better than the original factory grips with their oversized thumbrests and excess grip material on the backstrap. This is what my idea of what the perfect "kit gun" would be.
     
  17. Confederate

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    I got mine from an ad in the back of a gun magazine. Didn't have any problems installing them, however. It really makes the gun a gem. Too bad Beretta couldn't produce them with the nicer grips, but the 1968 Gun Control Act required the grips to have a thumb rest.
     
  18. Muddflap

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    I GOOGLED "Beretta 70S Grips", and got a couple good hits. They seem to be repo type stuff, but they look pretty good, and are not real expensive. I think I might try a set.
    Getting some from Italy might just be too much to ask.

    After seeing yours, I have to do something.
     
  19. ether

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    I just thought I'd resurrect this thread for posterity.

    Bannockburn - I left you an IM about this, but I'll ask here, too. Can you describe what you had to remove from your flat-sided grips to get them to fit your pistol (before the pics disappeared, I noticed you have the 70S variant with the large screw-type mag release). What's different about yours vs. the later non-slotted mag release 70S pistols? Is the magazine safety different somehow?
     
  20. DougDubya

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    *drool* Pretty.
     
  21. wnycollector

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    Confederate hte pistol looks great. I think you have pushed me over the edge on where to get my west german SIG P220 refinished!
     
  22. capttom

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    I missed this post the first time around and am grateful it's been brought back. What a beautiful Beretta. I have a New Puma in.32 - instead of the safety lever, it has a push button which is neat - and if I ever get the extra scratch, the hard chrome will be a definite possibility.
     
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    Gun Control Act and Grips? What was suppose to happen.

    I'm frkn jealous here. My 70S is in excellent condition but I will look into having it plated. Nice job.
     
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  24. xotech

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    Back from the dead for a great looking refinish on a Beretta 70S.

    Lots of great pictures too!
     
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