Saturday, February 22, 2020

Newly Found Freinds

Years ago, at least 10 and maybe 15 or more, I came across this magazine and decided to hang onto it.

I'll be damned if I can remember how, where or exactly when I got it. Did someone give it to me, did I find it left at a range, did I pick it up at a tag or estate sale? The truth is I do not know and may never remember but I have a very hazy recollection that someone at work gave it to me but unless someone can confirm that, it will remain a mystery. Anyhow and as I said, I decided to hang onto it. I do recall that over the years I have tried to sell it with no success. I also remember that a good friend of mine from work told me it was a 380 magazine for a Browning pistol. I wondered if maybe it was a Beretta mag since at one time Beretta made a 380 pistol for Browning but was assured it was Browning made mag because no markings indicated such whereas a Beretta would have PB or the Beretta name on them. Suffice to say I have had it for a long time and had no use for it.

Jump to the present. Today it found friends, two of them in the form of its exact duplicates. They all have the exact same markings on the base plate and all are 13 round mags. They arrived in the mail at my local FFL along with the Beretta 84B on which I had the high bid during their last Sportsman's Auction (formerly Rod & Gun Auctions).

I guess the first of the three mags I had was a Beretta after all!
I must say, it is a very nice used pistol with minimal wear. It should give a lifetime plus of shooty goodness and I am looking forward to shooting it. About the only downside, if you can call it that, is that now I need to stock up on a new to me caliber - .380 Auto (also known as 9mm Short and 9mm Kurz). The addiction never seems to end!

Nope, I never got rid of that magazine even though I tried to sell it or trade it a couple of times and was disappointed when it did not sell. I also am pretty sure I even tried to give it away once with no takers. Now though, as can be seen by it gaining friends, the truth is you just never know when you are going to need something like that. Of course, it could be looked at in another way - because I had that mag, I was compelled to buy the gun that it goes with and thus will also be compelled to by the ammo to use in it. Then again, that has already been accomplished to a small degree, getting some of the new ammo that is, as I stopped at Academy Sports (ammo there is much less expensive than at the gun shop) right after picking up the pistol, and bought a few boxes to hold me over until I can make an online ammo purchase.

Yes folks, I am one happy shootist in as much as that I held onto that mag throughout all those years.

All the best,
Glenn B



"Zack" said...

Unless I miss my guess, you are gonna love that Cheetahl! It's a sweet shooter and a sweet carry.

Glenn B said...

It's also my guess that I will love it; I have five other Berettas and love them all. It's an excellent company making excellent firearms.