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Caliber .25ACP and .22Short
pistol of the series 950, manufactured in cal. 6,35 (.25) and
serving as base for the .22 short pistols, can be considered as
the real pocket weapon for defense and sporting purposes. To its
qualities of particular lightness it unites those of precision,
sturdiness and security, which are the characteristics normally
recognized to pistols of larger caliber, weight and dimensions. Compared
with the foregoing series, the series 950 B enhances the results
of large and extensive experiences which are proper of the BERETTA
main characteristics of the pistol mod. 950 B are:
- a more sensible and promptly responding firing system,
- barrel particularly stabilized and reinforced, thanks to a perfect
connecting device of the fitting to the body (frame),
- slender and graceful line, hinged barrel,
- possibility to introduce by hand the first cartridge or withdraw
- easy cleaning of the weapon,
- full absence of whatever extraction device (which after longer
use is subject to breakage) on account of an ingenious exploitation
of the recoil force and also because of the hinged barrel.
The 950 B maintains unaltered the characteristic of the outside
hammer, which is proper of the BERETTA pistol in all its larger
calibers, with the known advantage to consent to keep a cartridge
in the firing chamber with lowered hammer, assuring the highest
safety degree (it is though advisable to avail oneself of
such advantage only in particular cases). The hammer consents
besides to repeat the percussion in case of insufficient primer,
without the necessity to recock the arm by pulling the slide
hammer is provided with a safety catch, which acts on the sear
lever, so as to prevent any accidental firing.The body (frame)
of the 950 B is made of a special light alloy of very high resistance,
so as to confer to the weapon Iightness and high sturdiness;
the barrel and the slide are of alloy steel duly annealed.All
other parts are manufactured with suited and selected material
and are interchangeable.
The Beretta pistols model 950B cal. 6.35 mm. 950B/DI cal. 6.35 mm. 950BS cal. 6.35 mm. 950cc cal. 22 short 950cc Special cal. 22 short are designed for self-defence and training purposes, and have the following features:
Tip-up barrel, which allows for easy inspec- tion and cleaning as well as for manual insertion and removal of the cartridge from the chamber.
Absence of extractor: ejection is effected by means of the recoil. Absolute constructional simplicity: the trigger guard forms a spring which activates the tip-up movement of the barrel.
Reduced dimensions: only 120 mm. (appr. 4314 in.) in length and 87 mm. (appr.3 7/16 in.) in height. Hammer half-cock and inertia-operated firing pin: both of which contribute to the protection against accidental discharge.
The 950 B/DI is the de luxe version of the 950 B and differs in the following aspects: Limited-number series Rich hand engraving Entirely gold plated High-quality walnut grips Supplied in a special case The model 950BS differs from the 950B in: Manual safety, which blocks the trigger me- chanism. It is positioned on the left side of the pistol where it can be easily worked by the right thumb.
Length of barrel
Weight of pistol with empty magazine
Cool picture from a USA gun-owner (made in Italy 1952)