Century Arms

Beretta 71 Jaguar 3.5" .22 LR with Faux Suppressor - Surplus Grade Very Good

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$349.99
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SKU:
HG1071Y-V
Caliber:
22 LR (Long Rifle)
This pistol is an awesome piece of history as much as it is a phenomenal suppressor host. Condition has been graded as Very Good by the importer. There will be signs of use and wear throughout however most of the original finish will be intact and the bore condition will be excellent. Pictures are an excellent example of the overall condition, however there will be some slight variance from gun to gun.

Due to the volume of pistols we have for sale we will NOT be taking actual pictures for each firearm. We will however be hand selecting each model prior to shipping to ensure condition is consistent with what is shown.

If you would like the faux suppressor removed (which is pinned and then welded over), threads chased and a thread protector installed this can be done for a service charge of $50.00. The thread pitch on the the barrel will be 1/2X20 RH. Please call or email after placing your order if you are interested in this service.


Manufacturer: Pietro Beretta of Gardone V.T. Italy

Importer: Century Arms International - Georgia VT

Model: Model 71 Jaguar

Caliber: .22 LR (Long Rifle)

Action: Single Action Only

Capacity: (1) 8 Round Triple-K Magazine (slide does not always lock to rear with this magazine)

Barrel Length: 3.5"

Frame: Aluminum Alloy

Slide: Blued Steel

Sights: Fixed, Windage Driftable Rear

Overall Length (with Faux Suppressor Removed): 6.25"

Overall Length (with Faux Suppressor Installed): 12"

Grips: Checkered Black Plastic

Weight: 17.5 Ozs (With Faux Suppressor Removed)

The Beretta 70 series are magazine-fed, single-action only pistols designed and produced by Beretta of Italy, which replaced the earlier 7.65mm Beretta M1935 pistol. Some pistols in this series were also marketed as the Falcon, New Puma, New Sable, Jaguar, and Cougar (not to be confused with the later Beretta 8000, which was also marketed as Cougar). The gun is notable for its appearances in film, and is also the first compact Beretta pistol to feature several improvements commonly found in Beretta pistols for the rest of the century.

The Model 71 was sold in .22LR caliber only, and featured an aluminum alloy frame instead of the steel frame used in the Model 70 and 70s. This change reduced the weight of the pistol by about 200 grams. The 71 (and 72) were also marketed as the "Jaguar".

Legend has it that the little Beretta 71s were issued by, and popular with, the Israeli Mossad. Gunlore typically ascribes the shadowy spy service using suppressed 71s to X out any number of terrorists, including those involved in the Munich Olympic murders.

One of the most famous incidents involving the use of a .22 caliber Beretta 70 “Jaguar” pistol occurred in February of 1969. After the 1968 hijacking of an El Al airliner by Palestinian terrorists, the Israeli government decided to dramatically increase aviation security by placing sky marshals on board. Eventually, the decision was made to place armed veteran Israeli soldiers aboard El Al aircraft. This Israeli sky marshal program was top secret and never publicized.

During the incident that took place in February of 1969, Israeli Sky Marshal Mordechai Rachamim engaged several heavily armed Arab terrorists as they attacked an EL Al airliner on a snow covered runway in Zurich. Despite the odds against him, the young Israeli sky marshal expertly used his issued Beretta Model 70 pistol to kill one of the Palestinian terrorists, moments before the Zurich Police arrived and took the remaining terrorists into custody. The three surviving male Palestinian terrorists received 12-year jail sentences for attacking a commercial airliner with machine guns and explosives that resulted in the killing and wounding of several passengers and crew. Sky Marshal Mordechai Rachamim became an instant hero at home in Israel.
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