In the realm of Beretta collectors, few can rival, or surpass, Texan Brad Taylor. At age sixteen, he purchased his first of many, a Model 950B Minx, in .22 short. With that initial pistol, Taylor realized that Beretta built guns of quality, and further recognized that, at the time (in the late 1960s), the U.S. public was generally unaware of the merit of Beretta firearms. In those early years, that made collecting Berettas easier and less costly. That all changed when Beretta won the competition for the M9 contract.