Just bought a model 81 with 13 round capacity, chambered in .32 acp. One of those Israeli trade-ins I've seen around, I think—the guy had a whole bunch of them, some with and some without magazines. This was one of the latter.
In my infinite wisdom, I figured I could come out ahead of the substantial difference in price between those with magazines and those without by buying a magazine-less one. Come to find out, for being a relatively modern gun, the magazines for the model 81s are exceedingly hard to find at a decent price. I finally caved and bought one from a guy on GB for fifty bucks.
The model 81 was popular back in the late 70's-early 80's.
If anyone has seen the movie Scarface, this is the gun Al Pacino carried in the small of his back. It's also the gun
he killed Hector the Colubian with and Manny in the end of the movie. The shootout with the Diaz Bros in the Babylon Club,
My first acquisition of the new year is a Beretta 81FS. This is a 7.65 (.32acp) pistol with a 12 round mag. The model 81 dates back to the 70's and has had a few variations. The FS version is the newest. Although it has been in production for several years, I have not been able to find where any have been for sale in the US prior to this batch coming in. If I am wrong, please correct me. The earlier versions such as 81, 81B and 81BB have been available. The gun is made in Italy and has the CN (2015) date code. I guess I am a bit of an oddball in that my two favorite pistol calibers are the 7.65 and the 10mm, two very different calibers ( I have to admit I own more 9mm pistols)