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Old February 24, 2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Model 70s in need of TLC need advice

Hey guys i just came up on a beretta model 70s which was given to me by my step father, among some other guns and it needs some work. Here is a list of things i plan on doing and any direction or advice would be great. First the guns blueing is not horrible but it could be much better, i was thinking NP3 plus but it is a little out of my budget. If it is worth it i will cowboy up and get it done. The barrel seems to need to get recrowned, if anyone can tell me where in south florida i can get this done i would be thankful. I want to get some nice wood grips with the thumb rest, not sure where i could find these, its an old gun. Also the stock sights leave much to be desired is it possible to do something about the front post and rear sight? i plan on carrying this little bugger and i would love any input ill put some pictures in a seperate post.
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Old February 24, 2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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Having some issues with the pictures
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Old February 24, 2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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http://imgur.com/a/kmIZ8 here are the pictures

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Old February 24, 2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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You can put a lot of money in a $200 shooter and it will still be a $200 shooter. Clean it, take it to the range, try it out and see how she shoots.
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Old February 24, 2013, 06:05 PM   #5
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Chester the thing is that i really do like this little gun, and i like projects, i know it wont be a top end gun ever, but she is a very good looking gun and she feels great in the hand.
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Old February 24, 2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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I have an older one in .32. Parts are hard to come by. Don't recall seeing any wood grips. It shoots fine as is but not something I would carry. I use it at the range from time to time.
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Old February 24, 2013, 06:21 PM   #7
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mine is a 380. would that make it easier or harder to find parts for? as for the barrel chip how much would it typically cost to get the barrel recrowned? i would like to carry this little 380. when shes fully restored. It looks a lot like the ppk James Bond uses
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Old February 25, 2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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I might have a gun like that REBLUED if it could be done somewhere locally (within driving distance), but WOULD not invest in NP3.

NP3 is expensive, and you'd have to ship it via FedEx or UPS, and the shipping alone could be as much as $100 one way (unless you've got a friendly FFL who'll mail it for you).

NP3 is good stuff, but it's really best used in guns that are exposed to harsh conditions on the job, are carried a lot, etc., etc. It looks good, and holds up well, and can even smooth up the action, but it would be simply silly to do it with a Beretta 70. Why? because it wouldn't LOOK any better than a hot blue job and you'd probably never use it or shoot it enough to take advantage of NP3's many functional benefits.

As for recrowning the barrel -- that's relatively inexpensive, and any gunsmith should be able to do it. (Probably for under $50.)

Parts are likely to be difficult to find -- Numrich has a small list, with only a few parts n stock at any time. Sights can be fitted to the gun, by a gunsmith -- he may have to do some cutting/milling. No big deal, but you're probably still talking about $100+. You won't find any aftermarket sights that will just drop in...

I'd try to find a couple of magazines -- but good luck with that.

You're talking about quickly putting $600+ into that gun, and after all of that, it would still be, at best, a modest performer.

(If it were mine, I'd have it recrowned and than get Brownell's Oxypho Blue and cold blue it myself. Done right, it can look very good -- and the cost would be minimal.)

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