One of the many new-for-SHOT guns that Beretta announced at their pre-SHOT Show range day is the reincarnation of the much-loved and dearly departed Beretta Cheetah of years past. The old Cheetah was available in a few lighter calibers like .22LR, .32 and .380 and went out of production about five years ago.
This new pistol is Beretta’s 80X Cheetah chambered in .380 ACP.
For the fans of the original, this is a reimagined Cheetah, that takes inspiration from the original, but has a number of significant differences and improvements (and no, it won’t take the Model 84’s magazines).
For those unfamiliar with the original, the Cheetah very much like a scaled-down Beretta 92. Beretta says the new 80X Cheetah is made with female shooters in mind…think: the .380 cartridge’s light recoil, an easy-racking recoil spring, and the security DA/SA with a frame safety and a de-cocker.
Beretta may have had women in mind when they drew it up, but there’s plenty here to like for virtually any gun owner. The 80X holds 13+1 rounds and feels great in the hand. It’s soft shooting, comes right back on target, and is sized right for everyday carry. The Cheetah is downright fun to shoot. It’s an everyday carry gun you’ll love to shoot and train with at the range.
Please disregard my terrible shooting (it was the first magazine I shot with the pistol…that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it) in the following video . . .
The 80X Cheetah’s trigger is excellent and the frame-mounted safety gives you the option of carrying cocked and locked with a light single-action trigger pull right off the bat, or de-cocked with a slightly heavier (but still very manageable) initial pull if you want.
The 80X Cheetah has a short pic rail for accessories and you can buy a Beretta optic plate to mount a red dot if you so choose.
The Italian-made guns will start hitting stores in April. The first models will be black or a very attractive bronze Cerakote finish. More colors will surely follow (the Cheetah I shot had a good-looking green finished frame).