Baretta Serie 81 Owners Guide and Instruction Manual

manual safety breaking the connection between trigger and sear and locking slide in closed position. Only “F” models: manual safety-decocking lever (the safety lowers the hammer stopping it against the interceptor, locks slide in closed position and interrupts connection between trigger and sear)

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Baretta Serie 81 Owners Guide and Instruction Manual
BASIC SAFETY RULES

  1. 1. NEVER POINT A FIREARM AT SOMETHING THAT IS NOT SAFE TO SHOOT.
    BASIC SAFETY RULES DESCRIPTION TECHNICAL FEATURES AND DATA
    MAINTENANCE HOW TO REVERSE THE MAGAZINE RELEASE
    FIELD STRIPPING CLEANING AND LUBRICATING ASSEMBLY
    LOADING AND FIRING
    LOADING THE MAGAZINE LOADING THE PISTOL AND THE CARTRIDGE CHAMBER FIRING HOW TO LOWER THE HAMMER UNLOADING THE PISTOL AND THE CARTRIDGE CHAMBER UNLOADING THE MAGAZINE
  2. 2. ALWAYS TREAT A FIREARM AS IF IT WERE LOADED. Never assume that a firearm is unloaded. The only certain way to ensure that a firearm is empty is to open the chamber and visually examine the inside to see if a round is present. Removing the magazine will not guarantee that a pistol is unloaded or cannot fire. Shotguns and rifles can be checked by cycling or removing all rounds and by then opening the chamber so that a visual inspection of the chamber for any remaining rounds can be made.
    BUTTON
    TROUBLE SHOOTING, CAUSES AND REMEDIES
  3. 3. STORE YOUR FIREARM SO THAT CHILDREN CANNOT GAIN ACCESS TO IT. It is your responsibility to insure that children under the age of 18 or other unauthorized persons do not gain access to your firearm. To reduce the risk of accidents involving children, unload your firearm, lock it and store the ammunition in a separate locked location. Please note that devices intended to prevent accidents – for example, cable locks, chamber plugs, etc, – may not prevent use or misuse of your firearm by a determined peson. Steel gun safes may be more appropriate to reduce the likelihood of intentional misuse of a firearm by an unauthorized child or person.
  4. 4. NEVER SHOOT AT WATER OR AT A HARD SURFACE. Shooting at the surface of water or at a rock or other hard surface increases the chance of ricochets or fragmentation of the bullet or shot, which can result in the projectile striking an unintended or peripheral target.
  5. 5. KNOW THE SAFETY FEATURES OF THE FIREARM YOU ARE USING, BUT REMEMBER: SAFETY DEVICES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES. Never rely solely on a safety device to prevent an accident. It is imperative that you know and use the safety features of the particular firearm you are handling, but accidents can best be prevented by following the safe handling procedures described in these safety rules and elsewhere in the product manual. To further familiarize yourself with the proper use of this or other firearms, take a Firearms Safety Course taught by an expert in firearms use and safety procedures.
  6. 6. PROPERLY MAINTAIN YOUR FIREARM. Store and carry your firearm so that dirt or lint does not accumulate in the working parts. Clean and oil your firearm, following the instructions provided in this manual, after each use to prevent corrosion, damage to the barrel or accumulation of impurities which can prevent use of the gun in an emergency. Always check the barrel prior to loading to ensure that it is clean and free from obstructions. Firing against an obstruction can rupture the barrel and injure yourself or others nearby. In case your hear an unusual noise when shooting, stop firing immediately, ingage the manual safety an unload the firearm. Make sure the chamber is free from any obstruction or possible bullet blocked inside the barrel due to defective or improper ammunition. 7. USE PROPER AMMUNITION. Only use factory-loaded, new ammunition manufactured to industry specifications: CIP (Europe and elsewhere), SAAMI (U.S.A.). Be certain that each round you use is in the proper caliber or gauge and type for the particular firearm. The caliber or gauge of the firearm is clearly marked on the barrels of shotguns and on the slide or barrel of pistols. The use of reloaded or remanufactured ammunition can increase the likelihood of excessive cartridge pressures, casehead ruptures or other defects in the ammunition which can cause damage to your firearm and injury to yourself or others nearby.

TECHNICAL FEATURES AND DATA
84F Caliber Operation Hammer Length Height Overall width Grip width Weight (with empty mag.) approx. Barrel lenght Rifling Rifling pitch Front sight Rear sight Line of sight Safeties 35 mm. 1.37 in. 620 gr. 660 gr. 21.9 oz. 23.3 oz. 97 mm. 3.81 in. 172 mm. 6.77 in. 122 mm./4.8 in. 35 mm. / 1.37 in. 30 mm. 1.18 in. 640 gr. 22.6 oz. 102 mm. 4 in. R.H., 6 grooves 250 mm. / 9.84 in. 350 mm. / 13.77 in. blade, integral with side notcher bar, dovetailed to slide 124 mm. / 4.88 in. 570 gr. 20.1 oz. 97 mm 3.81 in. 660 gr. 23.3 oz. 150 mm. 5.9 in. 85F 9 mm short semi-automatic, blow-back exposed, double action – single action (mod. 87BB/L.B.) 177 mm. 6.96 in. 172 mm. 6.77 in. 225 mm. 8.85 in. 83F 87BB 87BB Long Barrel .22 L.R. 120 mm. / 4.72 in. 38 mm. / 1.49 in.  – automatic firing pin safety – half-cock position (only \”BB\” models).
staggered 13 shots 8 shots single line 7 shots light alloy held open upon firing of last cartridge 8 shots

Magazine Frame Slide Finish
Steel components: blued; light alloy components: anodized – matt finish with Bruniton (only \”F\” models). Checkered walnut grips. Matte black plastic grips (\”F\” models only). Combat trigger-guard (\”F\” models only) – chromium Plated barrel and barrel chamber (\”F\” models only) Light alloy counter weight (87BB/L.B.) magazine safety plastic grips (\”BB\” models) walnut grips (\”F\” models) nickel-plating finish

Special features
On request
LOADING AND FIRING
Caution: Always keep the fingers clear of the trigger, whenever you do not intend to fire. Check that pistol is not already loaded by looking at the chamber-loaded indicator (C2. and fig. 1b).
FIRING WHEN READY TO FIRE
* Release the manual safety by simply rotating the manual safety lever with a fully * *
downward thumb pressure. The red warning dot can be seen when manual safety is disengaged. Aim the pistol and align front and rear sight on target. Fire by squeezing the trigger. The pistol now fires in single action. With pistols mod. \”F\”, being the safety engaged, hammer is lowered and pistol will fire in double action. The pull on the trigger first cocks the hammer and then relases it. The discharge will recoil the slide which, in turn, will extract and eject the fired cartridge case, cock the hammer and activate the recoil spring. Then the slide will automatically close, feeding the next cartridge from the magazine into the chamber and the PISTOL IS READY TO FIRE AGAIN.
LOADING THE MAGAZINE
* To load the magazine remove it from the pistol by depressing the magazine * Hold the magazine in the left hand. With your right hand, place a cartridge on the
follower in front of the lips, press down and slide the cartridge home under the lips (fig. 6). Repeat until the magazine is fully loaded. Holes on the magazine allow for visual counting of cartridges (fig. 2). release button (fig. 5).

LOADING THE PISTOL AND THE CARTRIDGE CHAMBER
Caution: Always keep the fingers clear of the trigger, whenever you do not intend to fire. * Push the loaded magazine into the pistol grip completely to insure catch engagement.

* When the last round has been fired, the slide remains open (fig. 8). * To fire again, remove the empty magazine and insert a loaded one. * Press the slide catch to close the slide, and load the chamber (fig. 9).
Caution: THE PISTOL IS NOW LOADED, COCKED AND READY TO FIRE AGAIN. With pistols model \”F\”, to keep pistol, chamber loaded, in safety condition, fully engage the manual safety lever to lower the hammer and stop it against the interceptor.

* Grasping the slide serrations with thumb and index finger, fully retract and
quickly release the slide to load the chamber (fig. 7). Caution: THE PISTOL IS NOW LOADED, COCKED AND READY TO FIRE. NOTE: The series 81 Beretta pistols are provided with an automatic safety which prevents any movement of the firing pin and is overcome only by pulling on the trigger. Caution: Always keep the fingers clear of the trigger, whenever you do not intend to fire. IF NOT READY TO FIRE Engage the manual safety by simply rotating the manual safety lever with a fully upward thumb pressure. The red warning dot will disappear (The red warning dot can be seen only when the manual safety is disengaged). Warning: on \”F\” models, moving the safety lever into the safe position, the hammer is released until it stops against the interceptor (safetydecocking lever). NOTE: To load another cartridge into the magazine: * Remove the loaded magazine from the pistol by depressing the magazine release button. * Insert another cartridge into the magazine. * Push the loaded magazine into the pistol completely to insure catch engagement.

HOW TO LOWER THE HAMMER to the half-cock position (models \”F\”
excluded) To have the pistol chamber loaded and hammer uncocked, lower the hammer proceeding as follows (models \”BB\” only). Attention: PRACTICE THIS OPERATION WITH UNLOADED PISTOL. EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION.

Point the pistol in a safe direction. With thumb retract the hammer spur; depress the trigger while cautiously

allowing the hammer to move little forward, under the thumb control, simultaneously remove finger from trigger. Then cautiously let the hammer move forward until it stops on the half-cock position (fig. 10 and 11). Engage the manual safety by simply rotating the manual safety lever with a fully upward thumb pressure. The red warning dot will disappear. (The red warning dot can be seen only when the manual safety is disengaged). With pistols model \”F\”, to lower the hammer, simply engage manual safety as indicated. The double action trigger pull makes it possible to fire the pistol quickly with the hammer lowered or in a half-cock position, without the necessity of manual hammer cocking. The pull on the trigger, in fact, first cocks the hammer and then releases it (mod. 87BB/L.B. excluded).

UNLOADING THE PISTOL AND THE CARTRIDGE CHAMBER
hammer is lowered and stopped by the interceptor. * Depress the magazine release button to remove the magazine from the pistol. * Release the manual safety and point the pistol in a safe direction. * Grasping the slide serrations with thumb and index finger, fully retract the slide to remove the chambered cartridge. WHEN SURE THE CHAMBER IS EMPTY AND THE CARTRIDGE HAS BEEN EJECTED, quickly release the slide. * Lower the cocked hammer.

CLEANING AND LUBRICATING
BARREL CLEANING AND LUBRICATING * Spray the brush supplied with gun oil. Insert it into the barrel and slide it backward and forward a few times. * Dry the barrel by pushing a piece of flannel through with the brush supplied. Keep changing the flannel until it emerges clean from the barrel. * Lightly oil the inside and outside of the barrel, passing through a clean flannel soaked in gun oil.

Engage the manual safety. With pistols \”F\” model, engaging the safety, the

Lightly oil the slides of the barrel base.
SLIDE CLEANING AND LUBRICATING

UNLOADING THE MAGAZINE

Clean slide with a cloth soaked in gun oil paying special attention to slide head, * Lightly oil the slide with gun oil.
to slide guides and to extractor housing; if necessary use the brush supplied.

To unload the magazine, grasp with one hand the magazine box, bottom down
and front end forward. With the tip of the thumb firmly press down on the cartridge rim and push. As the cartridge moves forward, tip it slightly upwards with the index finger. Repeat until the magazine is unloaded.

RECOIL SPRING AND SPRING GUIDE LUBRICATING

Lightly oil recoil spring and spring guide with gun oil. After long use it may be
necessary to first clean with gun oil and the bush supplied.

MAINTENANCE
Every time the pistol is fired or at least once a month, cleaning and lubricating is recommended. Start with:

ASSEMBLING
Assemble following the Field Stripping procedure in reverse order. It is advisable to pay attention to the following points: * The barrel should rest perfectly against the slide (the extractor must lodge in its groove in the barrel). * The recoil spring guide head should lodge in the center of its groove in the barrel base. * When rotating disassembling latch, the slide should be in the closed position (aligned with or beyond the rear side of frame).

FIELD STRIPPING
Caution: Make sure the pistol is unloaded. if not, unload it following the unloading procedure. * Remove magazine by depressing magazine release button (fig. 5). * Hold pistol in the left hand; with right forefinger press disassembly latch release button (fig. 12). * With right thumb rotate disassembling latch anticlockwise until it stops (fig. 13). * Pull forward the slide barrel assembly with recoil spring and spring guide (fig. 14). * Pressing the recoil spring guide head (caution: the recoil spring is under tension) lift the recoil spring guide and let the recoil spring stretch slowly (fig. 15). * Take out barrel from slide (fig. 16). Mod. 87BB Long Barrel To take out barrel from slide, it is necessary first to separate the counterweight from barrel. To do it, using an Allen key of the right size (3 mm.), unscrew the counterweight Allen locking screw (anticlockwise, 3 complete turns). NO FURTHER DISASSEMBLY IS RECOMMENDED UNLESS DONE BY A COMPETENT GUNSMITH.

HOW TO REVERSE THE MAGAZINE RELEASE BUTTON (for left-handed shooters)
Mod. 84F only This operation should be carried out by a gunsmith.
magazine release assembly will then drop out. * Reverse the magazine release assembly and insert the button (grooved side) in position tilting it slightly.
With a suitable screwdriver unscrew and remove the grips. * Press the back (flat side) of the magazine release button down and away. The
place, press its flat side and push it until it clicks into place. The operation is done correctly when the magazine slides easily into its housing. * Replace grips with screws.
Holding the button (grooved side) of the magazine release assembly firmly in

TROUBLE SHOOTING, CAUSES AND REMEDIES
TROUBLE SHOOTING PROBABLE CAUSE REMEDY
Mis-introduction of a cartridge into the chamber
Warped or defective cartridge Dirty or badly lubricated weapon Damaged magazine Defective cartridge Dirty cartridge chamber Defective or dirty ammunition Damaged extractor spring Broken extractor
Inspect and replace cartridge Clean and lubricate weapon Replace magazine Pull the trigger once more or replace cartridge Clean and lubricate cartridge chamber Replace or clean cartridges Replace extractor spring Replace extractor
Mis-fire Mis-extraction or defective extration
NOTA: No one should attempt to make recommended repairs without proper knowledge or training.

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