Beretta Press Conference on M9A3, Modular Handgun System, Anniversaries, etc.

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Despite rumors to the contrary, Beretta told me that the Army/DoD absolutely is reviewing Beretta’s ECP, or Engineering Change Proposal, for the M9 service pistol. The hope is that the…

Gun Review: Beretta Pico

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Hitting distributor shelves now is the slimmest .380 ACP pistol on the market, the Beretta Pico. At its widest point — across the ambi mag release paddle — my caliper…

Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Reduced Power Hammer Spring

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I grew up watching John McClane and Martin Riggs with wide-eyed adoration. So I’ve always known that a Beretta 92 and I were meant to be. But close encounters of the…

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Firearm Patents Hit 35-Year High, But Where’s My Caseless 4.73mm Carbine?

Nick and I continually bemoan the apparent ‘stagnovation’ in the domestic firearms market, where a gun can be sold as “Completely Redesigned For 2014!” simply because the upcoming version will…

After years of a distinctly ‘meh’ attitude toward the Beretta Model 92, I’ve grown rather fond of the old warhorse. With the introduction of the Beretta Model 92FS Compact, I’m liking it even more. This CCW-compatible M9 gets the job done with a 13+1 capacity, and also accepts larger Model 92 and M9 magazines.

Pro tip: don’t use a ‘thumb-high’ grip with one of these, because your right-hand thumb will ride the slide release and prevent the slide from locking back on the empty chamber. My bad.

New From Beretta: 92FS Compact

After years of a distinctly ‘meh’ attitude toward the Beretta Model 92, I’ve grown rather fond of the old warhorse. With the introduction of the Beretta Model 92FS Compact, I’m…

Las Vegas Casinos Pitch A Bitch To Stop Beretta Gun Shop

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A big legal fight is brewing involving two pro-gun casinos that both want to prevent a gun store/shooting range from opening up in their high-rent neighborhood on the Las Vegas…

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Clark County, NV (Las Vegas) Approves Luxury Gun Store/Shooting Range On The Strip. Kind of.

From KXNT-Las Vegas: A high-end Italian gun maker will soon have an outlet on the Las Vegas Strip. The Clark County Planning Commission has given the green light for Beretta…

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Beretta really impressed us with their 9mm Nano pistol. With a name like Nano, you’ve probably already guessed that it is on the smallish side. What you wouldn’t guess is that it’s the lightest-recoiling subcompact 9mm I’ve ever shot. Unlike the Kel-Tec PF9 (which recoils with such venom that the muzzle usually jumps 45 degrees or more) the Nano uses nested recoil springs to dramatically reduce muzzle climb . . .  (more…)

New from Beretta: 9mm Nano

[HTML1] Beretta really impressed us with their 9mm Nano pistol. With a name like Nano, you’ve probably already guessed that it is on the smallish side. What you wouldn’t guess…

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How many .22 clones can you shoot in one day? Keep guessing. In the meantime here’s video of me vainly plinking away with Beretta’s very newest rimfire offering: a .22 clone of their pricy ARX-160. What is there to say about a two-handed, five-pound pistol with precise aperture sights and a mediocre trigger? If we’re feeling charitable, it feeds and fires reliably using ‘standard’ .22 AR magazines. I’m usually a decent shot with a .22 rifle or pistol, but I listened in vain for the ‘ping’ of lead hitting steel as I fired this bit of firearms curiosa to little effect. The main reason why this is a FOAB (Fish on A Bicycle) firearm . . .

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New From Beretta: ARX-160 .22 Pistol

[HTML1] How many .22 clones can you shoot in one day? Keep guessing. In the meantime here’s video of me vainly plinking away with Beretta’s very newest rimfire offering: a…

The Massad Ayoob Chronicles, Part VI

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Well, campers, all good things must come to an end, and I’m afraid this is final installment of our first interview with Massad Ayoob. On a personal note, I can…

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Beretta Takes Fresno PD by Storm

I’m trying to get some gun reviews on the boil, so I’m offering this news McNuggett as the plain, unvarnished, uh, press release. ACCOKEEK, MD Beretta USA is pleased to…

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Gun Review: Beretta U22 Neos Inox

Gun or phaser from Star Trek? Or another sci-fi series to be named later. By someone else. Please excuse my lack of knowledge of sci fi geekdom—and I mean that…