G-a-M continues…

So, yesterday, I had to run up to the office. I usually work nights, but had to run up there to get some stuff taken care of while the sheriff was there.

Anywho, one of the deputies told me he was running to the local gunshop to sell some of his guns. This piqued my interest, so I asked him what he had. He had a Benilli Nove pump 12ga, a Ruger MkII with bull barrel and target sights, and a pocket pistol. I asked to see the pocket pistol. It was a Beretta Model 950b, commonly known nowadays as the Jetfire, however, it was made long before Beretta attached the Jetfire name.

Anywho, he said his dad was a police officer and bought it sometime in the 60s. I looked at the bore and the overall fit and finish, and it was in excellent shape. Some minor wear from being carried over the years. I asked how much? He said $70. I said sold!

I got the pistol, one mag, and a fur lined leather carry case for it. He said he has the original box and paperwork for it back at his house, which I need to still get from him.

Looking up the information on it, it was made in 1968, which was the last year that Beretta made the 950b in Italy. After that, it was made in Brazil, then the U.S. It’s single action only with a nifty tip-up barrel, and is kinda funky (in a good way).

It’s designed to be carried hammer down on a live round. To shoot, you have to first cock it then fire. There is no external safety or slide stop. The slide doesn’t lock back on the last round, since there is no slide stop. To load it with the hammer down, you load the magazine and insert it in the pistol. To load the chamber, there is a barrel release on the left side of the frame. You rotate it forward, and the barrel pivots on a spring mounted in the front of the frame, popping up (hence, tip-up). You simply poke a round in the chamber, lower the barrel until it clicks home, and your ready to go. If you only shoot say 3 rounds and want to make it safe, you release the barrel, remove the round from the chamber, click the barrel back into place, then lower the hammer on the now empty chamber. Then, you release the barrel, load it, then click it back into place.

One thing I found interesting about it, is there is no extractor. None at all. Since it is a blowback, the pressure releases the empty shell from the chamber. Then, the shell and slide go back until the shell hits the ejector. The shell then is ejected from the pistol, the slide goes all the way to the rear and picks up the next round in the magazine.

This is not mine (I don’t have a camera :-( ), but it gives you an idea of what it looks like:

The magazine is held in by a simple mag catch on the left side of the pistol.

In 1969, Beretta redesigned it by including a thumb safety on the left side of the pistol, so newer versions can be carried ‘cocked-and-locked’ like a 1911.

The sights are very miniscule, to the point that it’s best to just point and squeeze.

I’m going out tonight to put it through it’s paces, so I’ll blog about how my $70 buy turns when I get home.

Going prices for Model 950b seem to be in the $175-$225 range, depending on condition. Once I got the box and paperwork, I could see mine going for $250 or so. Not bad for a $70 investment. ;-)


2 Responses to “G-a-M continues…”

  1. Envious of your gun a month purchases, but I enjoy reading the write-ups of them. Keep them coming!

  2. I’m with Aaron. Wish I could get a gun a month. At this point, when I have the money for it my next purchases need to be more ammo and magazines for what I already have.

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