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Old 06-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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August release - Beretta Pico

Saw an ad at for Beretta's new .380 pistol. Convertible to .32 also.

Clicked on the link to their website when I first saw it, Sunday I think it was. Clicked on the video and it played. About Wednesday clicked on it again and it wouldn't play, said "This is private." Clicked on "Watch on Youtube" button and same thing. A Youtube search revealed the video at BerettaCommunity channel on Youtube, the video works going in that way. Called Beretta today and reported the playback trouble, I'd want to know if it was my show.

Beretta Pico - YouTube

Design looks very similar to Sig P250. I like the looks of it. Thin, good sights, good-sized extractor, double-action-only, dependable magazine catch set-up and 6+1 .380 rounds. They will also be offering different color polymer grip frames, also available with Lasermax laser or light in the frame and flush-bottom or extended grip magazines.

Don't know if I'll buy one but would sure like to see one in my hands.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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Not a Beretta fan, but I must say that I like the way that they put some decent sights on it.
I have a Keltech P3AT that is super reliable, I like it alot, but sights on it are a joke.

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Old 06-08-2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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Looks good and if it shoots and is reliable as the Nano it will be good. I like the 380-32acp combo. Should be hit in Europe and South America. Berretta makes some reliable pistol's.Way better than the Taurus,Ruger,kel-tec auto's.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:23 AM   #4
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I am neutral to Beretta, neither for or against. I have never owned or shot a Beretta pistol. I have not seen anything that Beretta makes that I have thought I needed, but that may be changing.

From what I gather, the P250 platform pistols for Sig are not particularly big sellers, though they are fairly inexpensive compared to Sig's other offerings. It seems to me that most people who spend their money on a Sig want all the performance they can get out of them, particularly the DA/SA pistols. That would leave the DAO crowd in the minority with the P250. I am not real familiar with the DAK Sig pistols.

The similar/same(?) design of an integral frame/rails and fire control group and DAO action is a natural with the pocket pistol class of handgun. At least it's got the bottom half of the gun covered pretty well.

If I remember right, there were several iterations of extractors with the Kel-tec P3AT pistol. I don't own one but my brother does. It is always interesting to me how the different manufacturers approach the extractor design. The Pico seems to have a significant sized extractor, probably a good thing.

Just last week I shot my dad's Taurus PT709 Slim Stainless 9mm. Good bit of heft to it, recoil not bad with 124 gr. remanufactured hardball ammo. The biggest plus was the good sights. I shot the gun long distance across a valley (as my dad instructed me to do) - aiming at a small stand of "sticker" weed, well over 100 yards away. Those good sights had me staying within a group about 3 men wide, the same measurement tall as well.

I like the look of the sights on the Pico, pretty neat how they made the front dovetail go out the front of the slide.
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Going just from the video, it looks to pack quite a kick! There definitely is a market for CCW friendly handguns these days but I'd like to know what distinct advantages does the Pico claim to have over Beretta's other "little" pistols?
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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Don't know as I'm unfamiliar with Beretta's other little pistols.

As far as competing with other pocket .380's, they are claiming to be the thinnest at 18mm. They appear to have good sights and a beefy-looking extractor. The biggest thing I see positive about the Pico is the Sig-P250-style fire control group with integral frame rails. This ought to make detail cleaning a snap. My "always" gun is a Colt Pony Pocketlite .380 -- detail stripping can be a booger.

Change out the polymer frame to the color you like or the Lasermax frame with laser. Details are sketchy as I see it about changing over to .32 caliber with the same gun.
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