Mom's been delighted with her first ever gun purchase, but needed to learn how it worked. So a few weeks ago, we went to the range to try it out.
I'm familiar with how the Beretta 70 functions because it's very similar to my Bersa (the blow back design and one button mag release make things simple), so I felt fairly confident showing Mom how to load and shoot. The pistol came with only one 8 round magazine, so we were going to get a lot of practice.
I took the first few shots with it, and was really impressed. I like a bit of recoil so shooting .22LR is disappointing for me. I usually plink for a while and end up getting bored but the Beretta's size offered a sturdy little push and felt fairly substantial in my hand. The trigger was a dream - smooth and crisp, just what I like. And accurate, wow! I could have shot it all day.
Instead, I happily handed it over to the reason I was there. (at the range and, well..on the planet)
Mom did great! She handled the pistol like a pro - loading, unloading and racking the slide - and her shooting was good too. She wasn't getting bullseyes every time but she kept her shots on the target which, considering it was a new-to-her pistol, she had a broken shoulder last year, and she hadn't shot in a very long time, is a huge accomplishment. I'm quite proud of her.
You can see how well she's doing on this target we shared. That's her shots there on the left and my group on the right. I was shooting .380.
She took the target home to add to the growing collection on her fridge.
It was a good day.