Not C&R Eligible. So few of these fine pistols came into the United States, there’s just not much written about them. We’ll write what we know about this one, including its measurements, and maybe someone will cough us up a good Wiki or High Road article on them. Manufacturer, is Vincenzo Bernardelli, Gardone, VT, Italy; and that company folded its equipment and moved to Turkey beginning around 2002. This specimen of the PO 18S has an Italian B D date code, manufactured 1994. The PO 18 was briefly imported into the US in severely limited quantities from 1985 until 1995, all the last ones being 10 shot. Type is a traditional double action automatic; it will fire double action safety off only from a resting hammer position. It will also engage on safe carry single action, cocked and locked. Every shot after the first shot is single action from a cocked hammer; the only truly safe way to decock is to remove the magazine, eject the chamber round, and let the hammer down with the trigger. The cocked-and-locked position is appealing to many of us, and that is the main reason, apart from Israeli familiarity with Bernardelli quality, that this pistol served and protected our Israeli friends from its issue date until fairly recently with the Mishteret Y’Israel, the Israeli Civilian Police in the Jerusalem District. Surface detractions are only moderate, with faint amounts of dark toning to the finish and holster contact buffing on its sharp edges. Otherwise, the hard satin chrome finish is strong throughout with a few small scours on the grip frame and faint amounts of darkening, but the only finish pecking is next to the slide serrations, tiny spots as the photos show, and these ought not be a problem. Anodized rear sight and safety lever edge displayfaint amounts of whitening. The never-blued barrel surface displays extensive surface pitting as the photos show, but the bore and chamber are not affected. We rate this P One as Very Good, 75 percent vicinity by our estimate; photos, at any rate, ought to suffice for our distinguished shoppers to judge finish grade for themselves. It is Excellent mechanically. Bore, chamber and mechanism are all bright, clean, and excellent. Magazine is, interestingly, CZ factory 15 round pre-ban, manufactured in 1992. Note that the CZ-75 Magazines work just fine; only, they protrude just a bit at the bottom. They lock into place correctly, free-fall eject, and lock the slide back on the last shot. An inventive soul could readily utilize a magazine bumper pad kit and improve the aesthetics of the CZ to Bernardelli fit. Construction is all steel including the grip frame that is serrated fore and aft. Note also that the slide is XSE style serrated fore and aft as well. Weight empty is 32.2 ounces with magazine in battery. Barrel length is 4 inches; overall length is 7 9/16 inches from muzzle to rear frame strut; height measures 5 inches from the butt of the grip frame to the top of the rear sight; slide thickness is .957 at its widest; and frame thickness measures .721 at the wide flats above the trigger guard next to the slide. We’re offering the genuine Bernardelli PO18 S in the photo for only $ 329.00. Not transferable to civilians in California, District of Colombia, or Massachusetts. For civilian buyers in jurisdictions where 15 round magazines are restricted to law enforcement, $10 off and freight paid; affected jurisdictions include Chicago, New York, and Puerto Rico. Ten round CZ Magazines are readily available from CZ USA com. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> $10 lower 48; $30 Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, USPS Priority Mail, insured with Delivery Confirmation. Offers to buy must be for the registered user with his/her own money. Don’t let your buddies use your account, that smells like felony straw purchase. MC/Visa/Discover/USPS MO paid orders shipped same day. 7 day hold on checks. FFL transmissions ok by fax, e-mail or mail, please ask your dealer to put your name on there.
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