The Beretta 950 Jetfire is a semi-automatic pistol designed and manufactured by Beretta since 1953. It builds on a long line of small and compact pocket pistols manufactured by Beretta for self-defense. Based on very early Beretta models, the weapon is intended to be a very simple and reliable pocket pistol.
The Beretta 950 Jetfire is a simple blowback pistol with a single action trigger mechanism and tip-up barrel. It is fitted with a frame. The frame is made out of aluminium alloy, the slide and barrel are carbon steel.
Early models (Pre-1968) do not have a safety.
The Beretta 950 Jetfire is a backup, self-defense pistol that appeals to women, undercover agents and police officers.
Simple and small, very easy to conceal. Last resort pistol. Inexpensive, very easy to maintain. Well built, able to be reliably fired very quickly, magazine swap reload is fast and simple. .25 ACP is a centerfire cartridge, which in many circumstances has been shown to be less prone to misfire than the rimfire .22 cartridge, a type used by other holdout pistols of similar size. The flip top design helps the user to check to see if a round is chambered and can be chambered but not cocked. It can be very easily worn in an ankle holster. The 9 shot capacity (8 round magazine + 1 chambered) gives it sufficient fire power. If rounds are placed well, then it makes up for the small caliber.
The traditional .25 ACP cartridge is not very powerful, though still potentially lethal. The safety system is very basic. The accuracy of the pistol is only adequate at short ranges. Its small grip makes it prone to bite (the slide can cut the top of the shooters hand when fired)
- Type: Beretta 950 Jetfire
- Trigger system: Single-action only
- Caliber: .25 ACP
- Capacity: 8 rounds magazine, 9 rounds if first chambered
- Frame material: Aluminium light alloy
- Slide and barrel material: Carbon steel
- Grip material: Plastic
- Barrel length: 60 mm
- Length: 120 mm
- Height: 87 mm
- Width: 23 mm
- Mass: 280 g
- Safeties: none
- Magazine release: Lower grip heel pushbutton.
- Production years: 1953–present day.
- Production locations: Beretta Italy, Beretta USA