Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NRA Convention Pictures Part II: Pico!

One of the really new guns introduced at the NRA convention was Beretta's new Pico. It's a new direction for Beretta, who until recently had been relying on their teeny 25s and 32s as their pocket guns. The Pico is an obvious contended to the P3AT/LCP/Bodyguard 380 and assorted pocket 380s, but coming this late to the game, Beretta really needs to add something extra if they want to lure folks from the established brands.

It sure looks neat, though:

Sizewise, I couldn't tell the difference between this and a P3AT/LCP. It's a tiny bit thinner than the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380, but not enough to really make much of a difference. It has an honest-to-goodness slide lock, which is nice; other than that, I don't see what makes it any different from the rest of the crowd. MSRP is $399, which is $20 more than the LCP and $80 more than the P3AT. It's less than the S&W Bodyguard 380, but that comes with a laser built in.

And speaking of lasers, one of the really neat things about the Pico is that Beretta has teamed up with LaserMax for two different options:

There's a built-in laser (you can see the pushbutton on the side very much like the Bodyguard 380), or this:

It's a small but powerful LED light built into the frame. The Pico is set up similarly to the SIG SAUER P250, where there is a removable sub-chassis that's the firearm part and can be swapped into and out of other frames. There was no mention of different sizes available, but it is interesting that it's a simple barrel swap to convert the Pico from .380 ACP to .32 ACP.

And, lastly, BabyGirl G. approves of this variant:

They offer different frame colors for the Pico - purple, white, tan, and black were on the display; I can't say I care for the white - by Sunday afternoon they were a dingy grey. It's an interesting hook, and I was surprised they didn't have the standard OD Green and FDE, but I wouldn't be surprised to see those come later.

The Pico has standard white dot sights, an ambidextrous magazine release similar to the Walther P99 series - but smaller and harder to deploy - and a slide lock that doesn't release unless you drop the magazine and slingshot it. I was very surprised to find that it wouldn't release by pushing down the lever - and then I gave it a closer look, and it's notched such that you *can't* release it by pushing down (the notch cuts back towards the rear). Very odd.

I'd love to be able to review it, but Beretta stopped submitting their firearms for MA testing...

That is all.


Dave H said...

I was surprised they didn't have the standard OD Green and FDE

Maybe they're targeting (sorry) a different demographic than gunnies who would appreciate a military-looking gun. There are a lot of people buying guns for the first time this year, and colors like tan, purple, and white are less intimidating. Plus a variety of colors increases sales. Motorola's pager revenue jumped something like 150% back in the 1980s when they started offering them in colors other than black.

The Scribbler said...

I was less than thrilled with my brief experimentation with the thing. While micro-pistols are hardly my area of expertise, the one thing that jumped out at me about this picture was how miniscule the grip was. I can fire a P3AT without terrible discomfort, but I just couldn't get my hands to sit properly on these grips. It wasn't even a necessary flaw. The grips were far too short front to back for my hands. I've held pocket knives with wider handles.

Then again, one of the things I think the Coonan has over standard 1911s is the longer grip profile. I may have big hands....

Ed said...

"Beretta stopped submitting their firearms for MA testing..."

The problem with that scheme is not Beretta, but Massachusetts. Contact your Massachusetts State Representative and whine. Good luck with that.

The Zombie Hunter said...

as an owner of a P3AT, I'm always fascinated over these newer pocket .380s. the dot sights are something I've always wanted to have. not so much for the slide lock or the laser. okay, maybe I'm ogling the laser a little.

the Kel-Tec owner's forums have several photos of modded guns that put various sights on the tiny guns.

the thing that stands out for me is the option to switch barrels to .32.

my wife finds the kick of my .380 to be uncomfortable. she prefers a larger steel snub .38, but its very hard for her to conceal in a convenient way. bag carry the sixgun usually goes, and that is less than ideal.

perhaps the smaller caliber would be a good starter option because I heard its recoil is significantly lower that its bigger cousin.

I dig the colors, but I'm a black gun guy. except for my competition 1911, that baby's chrome all the way.

you the man Jay G.