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Beretta M1951 4.5" Military Surplus 9mm Luger / PARA - Predecessor to 92

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9mm Luger
This pistol is used / surplus in good to very good condition. There will be signs of use and wear throughout however the pistol will be fully functional. Pictures are a good example of the overall condition however there will be some slight variance from gun to gun. We will be hand selecting each model prior to shipping to ensure condition is consistent with what is shown.

Pistol was brought into the country from the European Market by the US importer PW Arms of Redmond, WA. The import mark is located on the bottom of the trigger guard and is quite subtle. Please be aware this is only compatible with magazines that feature the bottom right side cut out on them.

Manufacturer: Pietro Beretta of Gardone V.T. Italy

Model: M1951 (1953 -1980 Production)

Caliber: 9mm Luger / Parabellum

Action: Single Action Only

Capacity: (1) 8 Round (Magazine Release is Located at the Bottom of the Grip)

Barrel Length: 4.5"

Frame: Blued Steel

Slide: Blued Steel

Sights: Fixed Front, Windage Adjustable Rear

Grips: Ribbed Black Plastic

Approximate Weight: 31 Ozs

The Beretta M1951 is a 9×19mm semi-automatic pistol, developed during the late 1940s and early 1950s by Pietro Beretta S.p.A. of Italy. The pistol was produced strictly for military use and was introduced into service with the Italian Armed Forces and security forces as the Modello 1951 (M1951), replacing the Modello 1934 pistol, chambered for the 9×17mm Short (.380 ACP) cartridge.

The pistol was Beretta's first locked-breech design on the market (previous Beretta semi-automatic pistols, were all blowback-operated) and was in limited production circa 1953 and in full-scale production in 1956 until 1980. The initial production batch featured a lightweight alloy frame, which proved to be unable to withstand the shock of the relatively high-powered 9×19mm Parabellum round in the long run. This was replaced by the 'second series' model with a steel frame that proved to be totally adequate in endurance. The steel-framed version was nearly 250 grams heavier than the alloy version, but the balance was improved. A special version of this second series (the "Egyptian Contract" model 951) was modified according to the wishes of the military of the Egyptian Arab Republic. Approximately 50,000 Egyptian Contract 951s were produced. Its particular modifications included larger sights, a simplified, narrower grip and external "thumb-spring" magazine release, rather than the push-button release in the lower-right grip of all other 951 versions. Beretta was in competition with Tokarev to become the primary supplier of sidearms to the new Egyptian republic. Despite intense pressure and incentives from the Soviet bloc, the Egyptians appreciated the 9×19mm Beretta's accuracy, power and uncanny reliability in desert conditions, and consequently, the Hungarian "Tokagypt" was produced in comparatively small quantities.
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