SOLD FOR: $1025
Serial Number: B19491U
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (“AH” Italian Date Code)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PIETRO BERETTA – Gardone V.T. – MADE IN ITALY”. The right side of the slide is marked “BERBEN CORPORATION N.Y. – N.Y. – MOD 70S – CAL. 22 L.R. / PATENTED”. The left side of the frame is marked with the serial number, “B05562U”. The right side of the frame is marked “PB”, “DISASSEMBLY?”, and “CAT. 1427”. The right side trigger bow is marked with two Italian proof marks and an Italian “AH” date code, indicating the year of manufacture as 1981. The right grip panel is marked with the three-arrow emblem over “P. BERETTA” and the left panel “P. BERETTA / MADE IN ITALY” encircles the magazine release.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the barrel, peaking out of an opening at the front of the slide. The rear sight is a height and windage adjustable square-notch pinned to a channel at the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered polymer panels with smooth borders and checkered backstrap. The left panel features a prominent thumb rest. The smooth areas have just a few very minor nicks as does the edge of the thumb rest. The checkering is well-defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but light stubborn fouling can be seen scattered about.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are very minor nicks scattered about, only a few of which are through the finish. There is very minor thinning on some slide edges. The screws have light tool marks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a quarter cock safety, left side thumb safety, and magazine disconnect. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This pistol includes its original serial-matching box, one (1) 8-round magazine with pinky extension, and the manual.
Our Assessment: On offer here is a Beretta 70S manufactured in 1981. This is an export version for the United States market, notable for its prominent left side thumb rest. In overall Fine-to-Excellent condition, this pistol has very little wear, the bore is good to go, and mechanically all is well—this is, of course, to be expected, as even the most well-worn Beretta will function—you don’t make firearms for a third of a century without picking up a few useful tricks! The included original factory box and manual round out the package nicely. Good luck and happy bidding!