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Old 01-24-2018, 06:59 PM

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I picked-up this 1979 made Beretta Model 71 "Mossad" today for $225.00. It came with a extra mag and the fake suppressor had already been replaced with a 1/2 X 20 to .1/2 X 28 adapter. The adapter is OK to have but sort of useless as you can't see the sights....Point & Pull only.

I had a 1/2 X 20 thread protector already but I need to have about .25" milled off of it unless I can find a shorter one.

It's in decent shape and shoots great but yeah, it looks well used.

I missed the importation of these fine .22 pistols when CAI brought them in as the jury was still out on how to remove the faux can and I never thought anymore about it and "poof" they were gone and onto the secondary market.

At least the work of removing the can was already done. Who is to say they were even Mossad used but they were threaded 1/2 X 20 back in the day for some reason.

Hard to believe it will be 40 years old next year.

BTW....A Makarov holster is a perfect fit for it. I thought a Walther PP holster might work but with the spare mag in place it lacked about a half inch for the flap to secure properly due to the pinky extension.

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Old 01-26-2018, 09:16 PM
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I paid a little more than that for mine a couple of years ago. Had to remove the faux can myself and did not get a spare magazine. I'd say you did pretty good. Mine has been shooting flawlessly.
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Old 02-21-2018, 09:54 PM
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nice little fun gun

I too was reluctant to spring for one of these when they first showed up, but I do have a target version of the pistol, and as I age I find more to like in the older machined steel and alloy pistols. The specimen I just picked up cost $330 at a gun store, but they removed the ridiculous barrel extension at no additional cost and the pistol works like a champ.

I can see there were fingerprints or blemishes on a slide that appears to have been reblued, so I will probably refinish at some point. Mine is 1972 vintage.Enjoyable and perfectly reliable.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:24 PM
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I found my thread protector on eBay and it works fine with the truncated front sight.
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Although the Mossad undoubtedly did use some of these pistols, the vast majority were issued to police women, traffic cops, and other police functionaries who didn't really "need" a sidearm, not to mention ElAl sky-marshals and some commando units of the IDF.
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I owned a Model 70S in .22LR. Bought it in 1987 I believe, Put a lot of trouble free rounds through that pistol.

Stupidly sold it in 1995 to a friend.

Tried to buy it back at twice what he paid me for it a few years back.

He laughed in my face.
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