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Question on Beretta 87 Target magazine release

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TCoops, Sep 12, 2008.

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  1. TCoops

    TCoops Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    Hi again. It's an odd question but hear me out. I'm looking at picking up a 22 plinker for some heavy duty range time. However, I'd like it to closely replicate the working controls of a service pistol, for training purposes. I am to use this 22 to work away at my shooting foundation, for ISSF competition, and to practice practical shooting drills over and over. I'm sure that anybody with a tight budget appreciates my situation on ammo costs (particularly in Australia).

    I haven't liked any of the working controls of the 22 target pistols that I've had a play around with yet. They always put the magazine release in a strange position. The other day I inspected a beretta 76 and not only was the magazine release unreachable by the right thumb (due to the thick grips protruding over the button), apon pressing it the magazine didnt drop. You had to manually pull it out with your left hand.

    Now, with respects, I know its a target pistol. Not a service pistol. I know you arent supposed to be dropping mags all over the place ect and that they have an entirely different purpose.

    I live in Australia and cannot find one example in any store (or range) to look at. I have the manual and it makes no mention. The only way I can see one is If i purchase one and the store ships one in for me. Looks like a marvellous little plinker with service pistol like controls.. but..

    Is the magazine release button truly reachable with your right thumb. And does the magazine freely drop out?
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