That's what UK firearms expert Geoffrey Boothroyd called the .25 Beretta 418 that Ian Fleming had James Bond carrying, and offered several alternatives including the Walther PPK Fleming chose for his superspy. On film, 007 is persuaded to swap the little pistol for a PPK early on -- by no less than one "Major Boothroyd."
A late donation came to Roseholme Cottage with the injuction "buy something fun," and while I wasn't intending to buy anything at all at the Tri-State Gun Show yesterday with Tam and the Data Viking, a Beretta 418 showed up, I had look at it, and handed it back with a sigh. "Thank you, but the price is a bit more than I've got today."
The dealer suggested I make an offer, and rather than do the aw-shucks dance, I came back with a ridiculously low one.
From the serial number and date stamp, this was made in 1949. It's one of the versions with an alloy frame, and will get cleaned up, checked out, and find a home in the safe.
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