My First Pistol – Beretta Model 70S in .380 Auto

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With things around the house being busy, I’ve been finding it very difficult to find the time and material to keep my personal blog active. Hating the idea that it has been so slow, I started running through a list of topics that I could run expand on. The first thing that came to mind was to talk about something that has been on my mind a lot as of late, firearms.

The firearm, in particular, that I wanted to talk about was my Beretta Model 70S in .380 Auto. This was my very first pistol and has some sentimental value, even though I do not enjoy shooting it. The video below outlines my experience with the Beretta, as well as my first experience with purchasing a gun (where a friend of mine thought it would be funny to convince me the swat team would converge on the store in the event that there was a problem with my background check).

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Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - Iā€™m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

16 thoughts on “My First Pistol – Beretta Model 70S in .380 Auto

  1. I started shooting when I was 12 when my dad took me to the shooting range that he and his friends had been going to for a while.

    My first firearm was a Marlin 25N bolt action .22LR. I bought it with the help of my grandfather when I was 16. My first handgun was a Colt Trooper Mk. III in .357 magnum as soon as I turned 21. I still have both of those weapons.

    As far as reloading I’d highly recommend a Dillon Precision press.

    1. Keith,
      I’m on the fence in regards to a progressive press (Dillon). Initially that is what I started looking in to but it occurred to me that I’d never load enough roads (or at least I don’t think I would) to take make full use of the press.

      I’m not sold either way but I am leaning heavily towards a single stage press.

    1. Andrew,
      It is most certainly a poster from The Oatmeal. I don’t remember the name of it off the top of my head, it is something along the lines of “Why it is awesome and horrible to work from home”.

      Thanks for watching and leaving a comment.
      Good eye!

  2. My first gun was an Ithaca M-66 super single. .410 caliber and about as safe as a firearm could be. It was given to my brother and when he burned down his apartment it was recovered from the wreckage. My dad handed it to me later that year.

    1. Okierover,
      Ithica is a brand name that I hear very frequently. It seems like any of the older shooters/hunters I talked to speak fondly of them. I don’t hear too much about them when people talk about buying something today. Have they lost their luster over time or are they still as reliable as they were 20+ years ago?

      Thanks for the comment

  3. Walt, nice post!

    My first rifle was, like many, a Ruger 10/22. I was either 11 or 12 and got it for Christmas. I just picked up my first handgun last Saturday (Springfield XDM 3.8 9mm).

    1. Mike,
      I don’t own one, but I’d love to get a Ruger 10/22 one of these days (I’d also like a bolt action .22).

      How do you like the XDM? I have a standard Springfield XD Sub Compact in .40 that has been excellent. Shoots well and carries great in a Crossbreed Super Tuck Deluxe.

      Thanks for the comment

      1. I’ll let you know AFTER I shoot the damn thing šŸ™‚ Hopefully that’ll happen this weekend! As far as the weapon in a non-firing existence… I love it haha.

        1. Mike,
          I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it. Have you picked up a holster for it yet, and if so, what did you wind up going with? (I’m assuming you got the 3.8 for carry?)

          1. The XDM came with a holster and lots of other accessories. I don’t have my permit yet so I haven’t really thought much about this being a carry weapon. I liked the idea of the 19+1 capacity for the range… Would like something a bit more lightweight for a CC gun.

  4. Mike,
    My XD came with a Holster and Magazine loader. I wouldn’t wear the holster outside of the range, but that is just me. I just looked at a picture of the gun, that is the model that can double as a Full Size Range Gun and Carry Gun by simply adding a spacer and longer magazine.

    Cool concept, looks like a great pistol.

  5. I grew up in a household much like yours….my father and grandfather had shot and hunted long ago, but nobody was an active shooter, so I never got the chance to shoot. That all changed when I became friends with Keith1911…I introduced him to cigars, he introduced me to guns, so it was a fair trade.

    When deciding what gun I would like to buy, I went to the range with Keith who was to be my “trainer” for the experience. Let’s see if I can capture his words: “When I tell you to do something, just do it without asking why.” šŸ™‚ I tried out his Springfield XD 40 caliber and compared it to a Glock in the same caliber so I could see the differences between the two guns.

    I ended up opting for a slightly smaller caliber (9mm), but I did get the Springfield and it’s still my favorite of the ones I own. I later got a .22LR (Ruger 10/22) and a nice Ruger .357 Magnum (bought from Keith’s brother) as well as a great home-protection shotgun (Benelli Nova 12-ga Tactical).

    My latest gun was bought for the express purpose of concealed carry (I have a permit). I opted for a Taurus PT709 Slim (also 9mm).

    As money permits, I have a list of other weapons I’d like to purchase, mostly for just the sake of having a nice variety: some model of 1911, Taurus Judge, Winchester Model 94. It can be a fun life-long hobby…as well as a way to protect yourself and your family.

    1. David,
      When I was in the market for a range 9mm, I went to the gun shop with the intention of buying a Glock. The sales guy was great, having me handle a variety of models, raising the gun with my eyes closed to get a natural point of aim, and all of that resulted in my buying a Smith & Wesson M&P.

      How do you like the Taurus? For every person that tells me to avoid the brand, there is another telling me how happy they have been with the product. I’d like to get one just to have one.

      Thanks for watching and commenting

    1. Adam,
      Unfortunately, I don’t have any tips for you. I sold my Beretta 70S last year and don’t have one to reference to see if I could figure out what might be going on.

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