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Model 81
Beretta Pistol 81 .32 Auto Variant-1
Scale To:
Gun Dimensions Width:1.4-in
Length:6.8-in Height:4.8-in
Barrel:3.8-in Weight:24.1-oz
1 Variant
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (71 grain bullet)63545
  • Recoil Factor (71 grain bullet)1.14 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity13 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor58%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1976 - 1984
Caliber:.32 Auto
Action:blowback operated semi-auto
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:slide mounted ambi safety
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grip:black composite
Fabbrica D' Armi Pietro Beretta SpA
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Gun Value
MSRP:No DataUsed Est:$250.00
Last Update:2/21/2020
About the Gun

The Cheetah class is a medium frame blowback operated pistol. It features an open slide design similar to the model 92 which is intended to increase the reliability of the firearm. Other freatures include a reversable magazine release, an aluminum alloy frame and an ambidextrous frame-mounted safety. Early models were made with rounded trigger guards while later models have combat style trigger guards.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .32 Automatic
Alias: 7.65 mm Browning
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:71 grains
MV:895 ft/sec ME:126 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Initially introduced in Europe, this semi-rimmed centerfire cartridge came to the United States when Colt introduced its 'Pocket Model' semiautomatic pistol. Like the .25 ACP, the .32 ACP is considered by many as too weak to be an effective self-defense round. But it has been an extremely popular caliber, notably by the fact that practically all minor and major manufacturers of autoloading handguns in the world have built millions of small pocket autoloaders in .32 Auto.

User Rating
2 User Ratings
2 User Comments
User Comments

5 of 5 Stars
Great surplus pistol
By chrismorris100 on 08 Sep 2019
The Beretta model is a great surplus pistol. The pistol is a great shooter,will hardly any recoil ,very accurate.and light. The pistol strips down easy with no tools any easy to clean. Can't beat the price on the surplus market. I would recommend this pistol to anyone.

5 of 5 Stars
Hidden Gem
By pebbycree on 04 Mar 2020
Purchased a law enforcement surplus model. Condition and function are excellent. Had to replace two grip panel screws...less than $10. Slide racking takes some effort. Two stovepipes in first 250 rounds appear to be from weak ammo. Recoil is minimal. DA trigger is a bit heavy but SA trigger is excellent. Takedown is extremely simple. This is one well made firearm.