Beretta 950 Jetfire and 8-round magazine
|Place of origin||Italy
|Length||120 mm (4.7 in)|
|Width||23 mm (0.9 in)|
|Height||87 mm (3.4 in)|
|Cartridge||.25 ACP, .22 Short|
The Beretta 950 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-defense. It is intended to be a very simple and reliable pocket pistol.
Early models (*950* and *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 chambered in .25 ACP 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 Minx version in .22 Short is not advised for such a role due to the caliber.
Being light weight, low profile and easily concealable makes it ideal for concealed carry. additionally, the tip-up barrel makes it easy to make safe and at the same time, easy to make ready to fire. also being chambered in .25 acp means it is more reliable than similar pocket pistols chambered in .22LR.
Being chambered in .25 ACP allows for a very compact lightweight gun, but the cartridge is relatively short ranged and low powered, putting it in the same class as the .22 LR rimfire cartridge. 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.
Users being timid about recoil can make it prone to bite (the slide can cut the top of the shooter's hand when fired) due to them holding the firearm too tightly . As the pistol lacks a shell extractor, relying instead on blowback pressure to clear the shells, misfires are removed manually by tipping up the barrel and pulling the shell out. although that can also be seen as an advantage rather than a limitation.
- Type: Beretta 950 Jetfire
- Trigger system: Single-action only
- Caliber: .25 ACP
- Capacity: 8 rounds magazine
- 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 2003)
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