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 . . . The Beretta Nano has a six-round magazine, replaceable sights and one of the most brilliant takedown features I’ve ever seen. An empty 9mm case turns a captive takedown screw, which allows the slide to be pulled forward off the frame as a complete sub-assembly. When the slide is put back on, the captive takedown screw resets itself to ‘locked’ and you’re good to go. Brilliant.
The Beretta Nano lists for $475.