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bac1023
02-22-2012, 16:24
I found this beauty recently at my local shop. Its a 1968 Beretta 72 rimfire in immaculate condition. The 44-year-old bluing and plastic grips are about perfect. Its really only the grip screws that show any wear whatsoever. The barrel is 6". Unlike the steel model 70 I picked up earlier this month, this pistol has an aluminum frame. Likewise, this pistol is about 4oz lighter than the 70s, despite having a longer barrel. Due to the year, there are no import markings anywhere on the gun. Its very clean all around. It has the cardboard box as well, but no papers.

I've always had great luck stumbling onto classic handguns in nice shape, but 2012 has been amazing so far. This is the 4th handgun I've bought in like new condition. All are over 20 years old, this being the oldest. I still can't believe I found two pristine model 70 series Berettas in the same month.

Here are some pics.

Thoughts?


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0001-10.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0003_2-1.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0002_3-3.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0006_3.jpg






Here is my small model 70 series family. :cool:

As you can see, the 72 has the push style safety, whereas the 70's safety is much more familiar to 1911 addicts like myself.


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0001_1-4.jpg

Bill Keith
02-22-2012, 16:33
Sweet, nice find!:wavey:

38 Super Fan
02-22-2012, 17:08
Looks like another great addition Brian. Congrats!! :cool:

fnfalman
02-22-2012, 17:23
Hmmm...back on the Italian kick again, huh?

bac1023
02-22-2012, 17:25
Hmmm...back on the Italian kick again, huh?

I guess so, but I'm more on the classic pistol kick. ;)

checkyoursix
02-22-2012, 17:26
Ah nice indeed!

arnold ziffle
02-22-2012, 18:13
very nice. now you need a 948.

bac1023
02-22-2012, 18:53
Looks like another great addition Brian. Congrats!! :cool:

Thanks Cody! :cool:

Berto
02-22-2012, 19:06
Very underrated little rimfires.

bac1023
02-22-2012, 19:18
very nice. now you need a 948.

Thanks.

I think I'm done with the Beretta scene for now though.

40 0'Glock
02-22-2012, 19:31
Awesome find, congrats. Berettas are truly ''guns of character."

joecoastie
02-22-2012, 19:32
Thanks.

I think I'm done with the Beretta scene for now though.

Good! Maybe the rest of us have a chance now. :rofl:

bac1023
02-22-2012, 20:06
Good! Maybe the rest of us have a chance now. :rofl:

:rofl:

bac1023
02-22-2012, 20:11
Berettas are truly ''guns of character."

They certainly are. :cool:

craig19
02-22-2012, 21:26
I don't think I have ever seen one of those before. Reall cool, congrats!

Jade Falcon
02-22-2012, 21:32
Okay man...

I've been on this forum since 2004, and of all the people I've seen here, you have THE nicest, most beautiful collection of firearms I've EVER seen.

How do you find these guns?! Where? Do you save up, or is it sometimes a matter of luck and/or knowing where to look and when to buy?

You have a brushed-stainless steel Colt Python with a 4" barrel that's never been fired before, with light-colored wood stocks, and I absolutely ADORE that gun! I'd easily offer you $4,000 for it......if only I had the money.

So how do you do it, Bac? I'm just astounded.

Beautiful new find on the Beretta, by the way! It looks a hoot to shoot.

bac1023
02-22-2012, 21:34
Very underrated little rimfires.

:agree:

ithaca_deerslayer
02-22-2012, 22:25
I don't think I have ever seen one of those before. Reall cool, congrats!

I know I haven't.

Bac has some nice Berettas :)

Folsom_Prison
02-22-2012, 22:30
Congrats Brian!

battlin bulldog
02-22-2012, 22:31
bac i knew it was you as soon as i read " Picked up a classic" lol. sweet pistol btw. :thumbsup:

Glock40man
02-23-2012, 00:07
Wow!

Congrats!

steve1911
02-23-2012, 00:42
Congrats!



1911club#410

bac1023
02-23-2012, 05:53
I don't think I have ever seen one of those before. Reall cool, congrats!

Craig, this is the first I've seen as well, I believe. :dunno:

deputy tom
02-23-2012, 07:04
Very nice find. I'm green with envy.tom.:supergrin:

DFin
02-23-2012, 07:19
Very nice. I wish Beretta would start making them again. If you wanted to put the shorter barrel in the 72 is there a dovetail in the top of the slide to attach a front sight?

BuckyP
02-23-2012, 07:52
Very nice find Brian. Congrats!! :thumbsup:

bac i knew it was you as soon as i read " Picked up a classic" lol. sweet pistol btw. :thumbsup:

Yep, saw the title and guessed the poster as well.

Bruce M
02-23-2012, 08:59
A great find. Out of curiosity are you going to shoot it?

bac1023
02-23-2012, 11:27
A great find. Out of curiosity are you going to shoot it?

Absolutely.

Its not unfired, so it will go to the range. :)

bac1023
02-23-2012, 12:35
Okay man...

I've been on this forum since 2004, and of all the people I've seen here, you have THE nicest, most beautiful collection of firearms I've EVER seen.

How do you find these guns?! Where? Do you save up, or is it sometimes a matter of luck and/or knowing where to look and when to buy?



JF, thanks so much for all the compliments. Honestly, many of the collectable handguns I own were bought through Gunbroker. However, I've always had luck just happening upon guns at my local shops. I think stopping in a couple times each week helps. I get to see their inventory as it updates and rarely miss anything. These days, people are selling their old guns left and right, due to the economy.

bac1023
02-23-2012, 12:36
You have a brushed-stainless steel Colt Python with a 4" barrel that's never been fired before, with light-colored wood stocks, and I absolutely ADORE that gun! I'd easily offer you $4,000 for it......if only I had the money.



As for the Python Elite, its amazing how much they trade hands for on Gunbroker. The older Pythons are smoother, but the Elites really bring the money, due to not nearly as many being produced.

Check out these bids and keep in mind that the reserve isn't even met yet. The bright stainless model has a bid of $4K. :wow:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=275075287

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=275072232




Mine is still NIB. I took it out for pics only. I actually like the look of the this satin stainless better than the bright stainless.


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/035.jpg

March817
02-23-2012, 15:34
Wonderful find.
It's kind of sad, but I just can't see anyone 44yrs from now showing off their vintage Beretta Nano.

bac1023
02-23-2012, 16:11
Wonderful find.
It's kind of sad, but I just can't see anyone 44yrs from now showing off their vintage Beretta Nano.

Thanks.

That's exactly why I stopped collecting polymer pistols. I have what I need and that's it.

Jade Falcon
02-23-2012, 20:18
As for the Python Elite, its amazing how much they trade hands for on Gunbroker. The older Pythons are smoother, but the Elites really bring the money, due to not nearly as many being produced.

Check out these bids and keep in mind that the reserve isn't even met yet. The bright stainless model has a bid of $4K. :wow:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=275075287

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=275072232




Mine is still NIB. I took it out for pics only. I actually like the look of the this satin stainless better than the bright stainless.


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/035.jpg

Yep! That's the Colt I'm thinking of!

As for the links....if I had $4,000, unfortunately, I'd have other priorities to spend it on, before I'd make such a purchase on a firearm. First, I'd sell off my Kia Rio for $2,500, and use that as well as the $4,000 as a down-payment on a new car.

So it's just wishful thinking. :sigh: You're a very blessed man, Bac! :cool: :hugs:

Bruce M
02-23-2012, 20:28
Absolutely.

Its not unfired, so it will go to the range. :)


Good to hear that - seems almost a shame not to.

bac1023
02-23-2012, 20:59
Good to hear that - seems almost a shame not to.

:agree:

I'm going to take them both to the range on the next trip.

The good thing is that they're so cheap to shoot. :)