Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by carbine85, Dec 24, 2019.
Mine wasn’t quite as nice as some I’ve seen photos of, but for less than $250 all in, I can’t complain. And it’s not ugly, just not pristine.
They’re a great buy if you like .32acp.
Great value on a classic small caliber Beretta. Condition tends to run high , shooting characteristics are sweet. Get one while you can.
Mine is in very nice shape and is a fun, accurate shooter. It has the excellent quality you would expect from a Beretta. The trigger is very nice. Everyone who's shot it has enjoyed it.
IMHO they are a steal for $200.
Beretta Model 81 32acp by Tallball posted Aug 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM
I dressed it up with some nice Altamont grips.
(It's a little bit dirty in this picture. I'd just gotten it home from its second range visit.)
Beretta Model 81 Walnut by Tallball posted Sep 14, 2019 at 11:31 AM
Internally the rest of the gun looked excellent and no visual wear. The magazine looked excellent. The only thing I hate about these imports is the import mark!! This was placed in electro pencil on the bottom of the trigger guard. I had a little PPU 32 auto on hand it the gun ran flawlessly. I used a 8" steel plate at 7 yards and it drilled the center. Excellent buy for $200!!
The 81 is a sweet shooter. Light enough recoil to be accurate and very controllable, and peppy enough to remind you that you’re shooting a centerfire handgun.
Mine is from a batch that came in a few years back, fair amount of outside wear, new inside, shoots great. The current lot seem to be very nice overall from what has been posted/reported.
All in all , the 81 is a very nicely proportioned pistol. Still can't believe the prices - what a great value.
So far I have been resisting getting a couple of guns I clearly don't need - the Beretta 1935 and the 70 being at the top of that list. Your line up sure isn't helping. That cross bar safety and the HSC-like trigger guard are extremely attractive. The 81 seems a worthy heir to that line.
While I'm acting as self appointed critic , I am inclined to say that the Tomcat seems like the grandson that did not adhere to the values of it's elders ; it's just not in the same class.
It's more a Kissing Cousin than a sibling. A somewhat distant relative. Sure does shoot nice though.
The 1935 is probably my favorite to shoot of the lineage with the 70 close behind. In fact I'm carrying the 70 as my primary lately. The 70 is replacing one of my JP Sauer 38h and it always takes a good range day to make the transition from the DA/SA to just SA.
The 70 is of course considerably lighter than the Sauers. In fact even my Colt 1903s are lighter than the Sauers.
was immune to all the Beretta 81 temptation on THR.
But, when I visited my brother for Christmas and he showed me his new-to-him Beretta 81 from Classic, resistance was futile.
I ordered the more expensive 81BB, but my favorite FFL is closed until January 2nd. Which means I got some waitin' to do.
I can't wait to shoot it. I only have pocket .32s, and this 81BB ought to be downright enjoyable to shoot.
That's the only thing I have against buying any autoloader. No matter how many mags it comes with, I have to buy at least one more.
Too bad these Beretta's aren't revolvers.
Thank you for posting that Sauer 38H - that's a new one on me. Just took the crash course for that pistol - what an interesting decocker/cocking device ... old JP certainly was thinking outside the proverbial box.
chicharrones - you have not only learned that Resistance is Futile , but - " when I visited my brother for Christmas and he showed me his new-to-him Beretta 81..."also You Can Run But You Cannot Hide!
There are some really interesting things about the big three German guns of the period that show lessons learned from the Great War. In particular it's interesting how each company addressed the issue of dirt and mud, a real big problem during the trench warfare. In the earlier handguns parts like the trigger linkage was often exposed, even things like seer disconnects on the outside of the frame. The openings for the hammer was a big problem, drop a gun once in the mud and often it was out of action until a fill disassembly could be done. Each of the big three followed different paths, the Walther and Mauser using an exposed hammer but each using a different method of keeping dirt out. The JP Sauer used an internal hammer and the cocker/decocker does not just ride in an open channel but rather in a recessed channel closed off from the interior of the gun.
Have fun with them!
Received it yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with the condition. Only blemish I can find are light scratches around the grip screws. This is the third "surplus" purchase from Classic I have yet to be disappointed.
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