IMG_8740_S57EXMGNJ3C7.JPG
IMG_8741_S57EXNHV1G5G.JPG

Beretta 25ACP Mod. 1920 II version

Regular price
$495.00
Sale price
$495.00
Tax included.

Beretta 25ACP Mod. 1920 II version

We do not know exactly in which year Beretta began producing its first 6.35 calibre pocket pistol. The dates suggested by various sources range between 1919 and 1922, but it is possible that these guns were already being planned before the First World War. The exigencies of wartime naturally demanded that precedence be given to other products which were better suited to military needs. Therefore work on the little 6.35 was resumed only at the end of the conflict.

The first version of this gun was very similar to the Model 1922; nearly a scale model in fact, with the single but important innovation of the spring-loaded firing pin which took the place of the internal hammer. Mechanically, this constituted a step backwards compared to the larger calibre model, and was probably taken due to considerations of size. In every other way the two pistols are identical, and share the trigger mechanism fitted with an escaping disconnector which is typical of all Beretta pistols of that period.

A short time afterwards the second version (which this one is) of the 6.35 calibre Model 19 appeared, with an automatic grip safety fitted on the frame backstrap. Presumably this device was added with the aim of overcoming the reduced level of safety which is inherent in guns with a striker type of firing

The production of 6.35 calibre pocket pistols continued from the beginning of the 1920s until the middle of the 1930s before Beretta felt the need for a change (apart from the mechanical alteration in 1926). Towards 1935, however, the appearance of this pistol must have seemed hopelessly outmoded, and an improvement in the design of the handgrip was proposed, making it similar to that of the Model 1934. Later afterwards a cocked firing pin warning was also introduced. This consisted of an extension to the pin itself which extended from the back of the slide when it was in the cocked position.