Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Gun Pr0n #279

All this talk about new, small, pocket polymer autos reminded me of one that I saw at the NRA convention and meant to showcase:

Yep, that's the new Beretta Nano, Beretta's full power entry into the concealed carry market. After decades of offering full size duty guns and pocket mouse guns (and the occasional heavy .380), Beretta finally woke up and started offering something for the concealed carry crowd. Oh, sure, some will claim that the 9000 series was geared towards a concealable firearm, as is the PX4 Compact. But the Nano was a direct challenge to the Kel-Tec PF9/Ruger LC9/Kahr PM9.

It's hard to say where the styling came from - it looks like the bastard love child of a Glock G26 and a Smith & Wesson Sigma 380, with a hint of the Walther PPS. It weighs about the same as the rest of the micro-9s, with comparable capacity and dimensions. It's a new direction for Beretta, their first "pocket" 9mm, so it's pretty representative of the market that's been part of the reliability discussion we've been having.

Of course, it's not "safe" enough for me to try out here in MA, so I'll just have to sit this one out...

That is all.


Dave H said...

Like they say in the movies, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

Wow, that thing looks dinky, especially the grip.

Erin Palette said...

I've had the chance to fondle one in a gun store. It's so much like my Glock in styling and operation that I'm pretty sure they're writing royalty checks to Gaston.