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Beretta's Nano 9mm Overview

Beretta has introduced the Nano 9mm pocket pistol shipping in October. A company representative gives an overview of the gun, which includes a "striker deactivator" that allows a user to disassemble it without pressing the trigger.

September 14, 2011

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Kirk @ 9/26/2011 7:34 PM

Little concealed-carry pistols need a manual safety. They are unlikely to be holstered, more likely to be carried loose in the pocket, purse or glovebox - easy to catch the trigger on something while moving it in or out. People who carry their little pistols loose, always finish up using the slide for a safety. They don't chamber a round, but rack the slide to activate the gun when danger threatens, then when the danger is past they remove the mag, rack the slide again to remove the round, put the round back in the mag, and reinsert the mag - a lot of unnecessary overhead . And it means sacrificing one round in capacity, and a lot of time.

That "no manual safety" cult is driven by cops who always holster their guns. The holster covers the trigger. When carrying no-manual-safety guns: for cops the holster is their manual safety; for all others, the slide is their manual safety.

Manual safety is now offered on a lot of little pistols like: SCCY 380 CP1, S&W 380 bodyguard, Kimber solo 9mm, Ruger LC9 and others. Beretta needs to get onboard, or miss the boat. The Nano has no manual safety. With a round in the chamber you needs a tool to decock. Then you need to NEARLY rack the slide to recock it. In a stress situation you would fully cock it an lose a round. Not practical. Not a safety.

Alan.308 @ 10/29/2011 12:11 PM

All concealed carry pistols need HOLSTERS not manual safeties. The presence of a manual safety often results in careless handling. (and apparently encourages some folks to believe they don’t need a holster.) The decocker on Nano is not intended to be replacement for a manual safety, it is a feature for disassembly. I personally believe the disassembly decocker is a solution looking for a problem. Every Negligent Discharge I have heard of occurring during release of the striker (as required for disassembly in Glocks and many other striker fired hanguns) was purely to fault of the operator, not the gun. No feature on a handgun absolves the operator of knowing if his gun is loaded or not prior to disassembly. Nor does any “feature” make it acceptable to be careless with the muzzle or trigger. If anyone doesn’t get this, please get trained.
Although I am not a Beretta fan by any measure, I am excited about the Nano. If it is reliable, it should be a successful product. If the trigger has a relatively short reset, it may be the equivalent of the single column sub-compact “Glock” that everyone has been asking for.

As for Beretta missing the manual safety boat…That boat sank in 1984 ;-)

Jon @ 10/29/2011 6:12 PM

I to am interested in the nano. Already have the Ruger LC9. The trigger is much smoother after 200 rounds. The long trigger pull is more than any safety needed, the added CA stuff is a joke.

Alan.308 @ 11/26/2011 8:25 PM

Update--I handled the Nano the other day. Trigger travel is long but acceptable. (Better than the LC9 or PF9.) The trigger reset is too long for my taste.

juan alvarez @ 1/11/2012 1:21 PM

Alan, you are so wright. Ni need for safeties on the nano, besides the best safety of any hand gun, it's between your ears. As a test. I pressed the decocker after putting one in the chamber and all it takes to take it off is a very,very short almost nothing pull on the slide to get the nano ready to fire with the round you allready have in the chamber. So when you carry, one in the chamber, press decocker and she is as safe as one with a safety on it. Try it, not even an 1/8 of an inch on the slide and se is ready to fire. Just be careful when trying this. If it works for you, let us know. It worked for me. Stay safe.


Gary Panuska @ 12/18/2012 2:13 AM

On mine, I cleaned it with mineral spirits, blew it dry and re-lubed. I took this baby to the range and shot a variety of ammo. 2 days at the range, over 600 rounds and not a single failure. Started with Federal American Eagle 9mm 147 Grain FMJ, Federal American Eagle FMJ 124 Grain FMJ, Federal American Eagle 9mm 115 Grain, Herter's Select Grade 115 Grain TNJ aluminum case Total Nylon Jacket, and even Wal-Mart’s Winchester White Box 115 Grain. The Nano feels good in my hand, recoil very manageable, accurate, quick follow-up shots.
I am very impressed with the Nano, a winner for a great concealable weapon for carry.

j haltom @ 2/4/2013 3:34 PM

Prefer decock/safety but currently carry LC9. No safety, no carry. Beretta px4 sub compact is a better option.

Rob @ 2/22/2013 2:40 AM

To me the presence of a safety lever on a striker fired compact is a deal-breaker. The beauty of the Nano is the fact that it has just two controls, a trigger and a mag release. It's awesome! There's nothing at all to snag on the draw or while being carried. The lack of controls also makes the gun ambi-friendly. I also love that the mag release isn't ambi. You can switch the button to the other side, which is cool for lefties, but having it only on one side minimized the risk of dumping the mag while holstered.

I really like the trigger of the Nano. It's heavy, that's true, but it's very smooth. There's no stacking or creep, and it breaks cleanly.

It's also nice that you can change the sights with just an allen wrench. It only took me about five minutes to install the Trijicon sights on mine.

The only thing I can criticize is the difficulty in getting any of the 8 round mags for it. Otherwise, Beretta has hit this one out of the park.

Frank @ 3/1/2013 7:02 PM

Great carry gun. Have put over 500 rounds through the gun without
any problems. After the first shot the trigger reset is short and comfortable. Recoil is acceptable for the size of the gun.

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