View Full Version : I have a weakness - esoteric handguns, Beretta 71

September 08, 2015, 01:46
I'm tempted to make a run up to J&G this week to buy one of these "71's"... makes ZERO economic sense (I'll spend $70 in gas to buy a $300 pistol), but the challenge of removing a faux can from a GREAT .22, with history, AND fitting with a legit can is almost too much to bear:)

September 08, 2015, 09:59
Might want to pick up some extra magazines while you're there, especially if they are original factory.

Let us know how it goes,if you do.

September 08, 2015, 20:23
No extra mags available, the faux suppressor is a lot harder to remove than the you tubers would have you believe.

September 09, 2015, 11:10
Googlage shows Mags available
I'm told that the KKK mags needed a complete take down and a fluff and buff to remove the flashing on the follower. The overall length of the magazine is just a tad long so if upward pressure is put on the magazine during shooting the feed lips drag the slide and prevent function. If no pressure is put on the mags they feed fine after the fluff and buff, they would not feed one round the way they came from KKK.

removing the faux can

No need to get a gunsmith involved with this, it’s a pretty easy job. File, allen wrenches, tape and a heat gun is all that’s required.









If you don't like the non-standard factory threads (looked like crap) in the above pictures. You can have rethreaded 9mm X .75 thread, same as Sig Mosquito and GSG 1911. You can get 9mm X .75 internal thread to 1/2x28 adapter with shoulder same as for the Mosquito pistols.


September 09, 2015, 19:25
Yeah, I saw that tutorial on removing the can, I used a grinder - no bueno, it is now with a gunsmith. Meh... $300 project gun that went south, we'll see what the smith has to say.

September 10, 2015, 18:03
When you say you used a grinder what exactly did you have that didn't work?
Did you find the set screw?

September 10, 2015, 21:36
Found the set screw but ground too deep and through the screw - no way to unscrew it, didn't have the patience to dremel it.

September 10, 2015, 23:05
Found the set screw but ground too deep and through the screw - no way to unscrew it, didn't have the patience to dremel it.

Just dremel a slot in the screw and use a flathead screw driver.

Are the fake cans to allow for import or something?

September 11, 2015, 00:33
Yep the faux can's are "permanent" so it actually is the same as importing a longer barreled version which adds points to the import process.

October 01, 2015, 23:36
Alright, got the faux can off - rather the GS did ($65), took it to the range and it's a solid little .22, needs a new mag spring and it doesn't like std velocity CCI - 3 ftf in 50 rds.

Overall impression... for the $... wouldn't buy it again. Interesting history and it IS a Beretta but my G43 cost a bit more and is a MUCH better pistol.


October 03, 2015, 19:02
Slapped a can on it yesterday, worked well, but so does the Buckmark and Walther...

October 23, 2015, 01:05
I heard some of them had Hebrew stamping on them. Can anyone confirm?
I've been meaning to get one, I just don't want to order one. If I came across one in a shop, I'd snap it up

October 27, 2015, 00:35
There were several at the Anderson, IN gunshow this weekend. I didn't buy one, trying to save up for something else.


October 28, 2015, 09:04
Here are a few more: http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=69

October 28, 2015, 23:45
Knowing what I now know - I wouldn't do it again, better ways to spend $400.