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Beretta M951

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    Modello 1951
    MOD.51

  • DESIGNED
    1951

  • DESIGNER
    Tullio Marengoni for Beretta

  • PRODUCTION
    1953 - 1980

  • PRODUCERS
    Egypt - Helwan
    Iraq - Al-Qadisiyyah Establishments
    Italy - Beretta

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited magazine size
    Large and heavy

Introduction

The M951 is a pistol of Italian origin. It was developed by Beretta in the early 1950's. The name is derived from the year it was designed. It has been produced under license in Egypt and Iraq. The M951 was replaced by the successful M92, which is an improved M951 with larger magazine size. The M951 has been named after its year of development, with the full name being Modello 1951.

Design

The M951 is a short recoil operated pistol. The pistol is fully made out of metal but the grip plates are plastic. The barrel is visible through the open slide and a single stack magazine is used. A locking mechanism similar to the Walther P38 is used. The later M92 is an updated double stack version of the M951.

Firepower

The M951 fires the 9x19mm round from an 8 round single stack magazine. The M951 is semi-automatic, but the M951R is a fully automatic model produced in small quantities. The M951R uses a 10 round magazine and fires at 1.000 rpm, which makes it very difficult to control.

Users

The M951 has been adopted by various nations for law enforcement and military use. Additionally it has been widely sold on the civilian market. Italy was the major user and many have been exported to nations in North Africa. Nowadays the M951 is considered old and many have been replaced by newer designs.

Variants

M951

The M951 is the standard production model. It is semi-automatic, has an 8 round magazine and fires the 9x19mm round.

M951: Standard production model. The Egyptian Helwan and Iraqi Tariq are similar to the standard M951. The M951 is called the M951 Brigadier when sold on the civilian market.
M952: Civilian model chambered in 7.62x22mm Parabellum. Also Target and Special model were developed.

  • Specifications:
  • M951
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity360 m/s
Stock-
Length203 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.87 kg empty
SightsIron sights, fixed, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

M951R

M951R: The M951R is a select fire version developed for Italian special forces. The R stands for Raffica, which is Italian for automatic. It is a select fire weapon that is capable of semi-automatic or fully automatic fire. A slightly larger 10 round magazine is used and a wooden forward grip is added. Due to its limited usefulness only a small number was produced.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine10 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire1.000 rpm
Barrel length125 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity375 m/s
Stock-
Length215 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.25 kg empty, 2.08 kg loaded with vertical grip
SightsIron sights, fixed, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

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