Originally Posted by fireman2004
Good afternoon guys,
I just happened to stumble on this site and saw this post about the v.bernadelli model 80. I was actually looking for info about the model 60. I am relatively new semi auto hanguns. Have had a few smaller .380's and used them on a limited basis. Anyway, my question is about loading this gun and having it ready for shooting. When a round is in the chamber does the hammer have to be cocked to be ready to fire? I want ot own this gun and know how to operate it safely. I can't find any information anywhere on the web. Figured I would start here and see what happens. I don't want to experiment with a round chambered. Thanks for any help you can give me with this or with finding any info on the web about this gun.
The Bernardelli Model 60 and Model 80 are mechanically identical except that the Model 60 does NOT
have the slide mounted firing pin block safety I described. So yes, the hammer must be cocked to fire it, but working the slide to load the firing chamber cocks the hammer automatically. To lower
the hammer, you must pull the trigger and lower it with your thumb on the live round - without the benefit of the slide safety which the Model 80 has.
The Model 80 was just the Model 60 modified enough so that Bernardelli could continue to export it to the United States after the Gun Control Act of 1968 when into effect. They added adjustable sights, a thumbrest on the left grip panel, and the slide safety. Those features added enough "points" under the 1968 act to allow importation.
Sorry for not reading your post closely enough, but that is the problem with resurrecting an old thread instead of starting a new one. HTH!