|PRICE:||R 850.00 Incl. VAT|
|CALIBER||6.35mm (.25 ACP)|
|ACTION||Semi-automatic - Direct Blowback|
|CONDITION||Fair used condition|
FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:
The Beretta 418 ‘Bantam’ is a direct blowback semi-automatic pocket-pistol chambered in 6.35 x 15mm (.25 ACP) and manufactured in Italy.
The first version of this pistol, known as the 1920, was manufactured between 1919 and 1922.
After that there were several, updated versions that were released (1926, 1926 – 31 (V1 & V2), 1934, 318) until the final model, the 418, which remained in production until the mid 1950s.
While changes to the gun during this time were minimal, the name was changed often.
All guns manufactured up to the mid-1930s are marked simply, IBREV. 1919.
Subsequent models until the end of the war are marked Brevettata and include their date of manufacture.
Similar guns produced immediately after the war can be marked Brevettata, but more often as Brevet (as with this particular example).
The Model 418 was the most popular and successful version of this series of small pistols, mainly due to a redesigned and improved firing mechanism, and an updated handgrip to more closely resemble the popular Model 1934.
Later, a cocking indicator was also introduced: an extension of the firing pin protruding from the back of the slide.
Although considered by some underpowered for combat, it found favor with high ranking Italian officers during the Second World War.
The 418 was marketed in the United States as the ‘Bantam’ beginning sometime around 1952.
From about 1958, it was marketed as the ‘Panther’, which featured some improvements to the Bantam, but the parts are interchangeable.
This gun is in fair, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
There is some light wear on the front, edges, top and rear of the slide finish.
There are a few, very small light scratches in places on the frame, particularly on the front strap and trigger guard.
The original plastic grips are still in good condition, but are just a little dirty.
The action still feels tight.
Extra magazines for this firearm available from Special Armory (VERY LIMITED)
This firearm is designed for extreme concealed/pocket carry for self-defense, or as a back-up gun.
While it certainly meets this criteria when it comes to weight and size, I would be cautious about carrying a low power 6.35mm (.25 ACP) pistol as your main self-defense firearm.
This firearm may also have some collector value due to its history and use in popular fiction.
The Beretta 418 is most famously known as the pistol first used and favoured by the fictional spy James Bond in the first five novels of the series by Ian Fleming.
The pistol is described as “a very flat .25 Beretta (the model number is never specified by Fleming) automatic with a skeleton grip” (i.e. side grip panels removed – frame only), and a threaded barrel to support a silencer.
At the end of the fifth novel, From Russia, with Love, Bond is unable to draw the Beretta at a critical moment when its silencer catches on the waistband of his trousers and is very nearly killed as a result.
This incident leads to an order from his superior officer, M, to start carrying a new duty weapon in the opening chapters of the sixth novel, Dr. No.
It is here that Major Boothroyd (Q), the MI6 armorer issues Bond with his new pistol; the now famous 7.65mm Walther PPK.