Beretta 950 Jetfire
|Beretta 950 Jetfire|
Beretta 950 Jetfire and 8 round magazine
|Place of origin||Italy, Brazil, United States|
|Length||120 mm (4.7 in)|
|Width||23 mm (0.9 in)|
|Height||87 mm (3.4 in)|
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The Beretta 950 Jetfire is a semi-automatic pistol designed and manufactured by Beretta since 1952. It builds on a long line of small and compact pocket pistols manufactured by Beretta for self-defence. Based on very early Beretta models, the weapon is intended to be a very simple and reliable pocket pistol.
Early models (*950B* Pre-1968) do not have a safety lever, employing a half-cock notch on the hammer instead. Later models (*950BS* Post-1968) are provided with an external safety lever.
The Beretta 950 Jetfire is a backup, self-defense pistol that is intended for undercover agents, police officers or individuals licensed to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.
The .25 ACP cartridge is not very powerful, but a well placed shot is lethal. The safety system is very basic. The accuracy of the pistol is adequate although the small grip and short sight radius may limit some shooters to be effective only at short ranges. Its small grip also makes it prone to bite (the slide can cut the top of the shooters hand when fired). As the pistol lacks a shell extractor, relying instead on blowback pressure to clear the shells, misfires are easily removed manually by tipping up the barrel and prying out. The pistol is also produced in .22 short model.
- Type: Beretta 950 Jetfire
- Trigger system: Single-action only
- Caliber: .25 ACP
- Capacity: 8 rounds magazine, 9 rounds if first chambered
- Frame material: Aluminium light alloy
- Slide and barrel material: Carbon steel
- Grip material: Plastic
- Barrel length: 60 mm
- Length: 120 mm
- Height: 87 mm
- Width: 23 mm
- Mass: 280 g
- Safeties: none (950B) or left-side thumb switch (950BS)
- Magazine release: Lower left grip heel pushbutton.
- Production years: 1952–2003.
- Production locations: Beretta Italy (pre 1968), Beretta do Brasil (late 1960s - early 1970s), Beretta USA, (1970s to date)
- Details on the Beretta 950 Jetfire
- Ballistic performance of the .25 ACP from the Jetfire
- User Manual