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I have to admit, upon first hearing about the Beretta Nano, I was slightly unimpressed. Now that I have had the chance to handle the pistol and take a closer look, I can say with confidence that the pictures do not do this pistol justice. You would think a pistol of this size would be a "bare-bones, shoots-when-you-pull-the-trigger" type of pistol. While it does offer a high degree of reliability, there is nothing bare-bones about it. Surprisingly, it offers much more in terms of safety, ergonomics and modularity. Who would have thought the Beretta Nano would be so customizable? Let us dive in.
When dealing with pistols designed specifically for personal protection and concealed carry, safety is a big concern. Luckily, the Beretta Nano shines in that regard with three safety features that will always give you peace of mind. First up is the striker deactivation button. This feature allows users to deactivate the internal striker mechanism with the simple press of a button. There is also an automatic striker block safety, which prevents any forward movement of the internal striker mechanism without first fully depressing the trigger. Finally, and this feature seems to be popping up all over the place, is the trigger safety. The trigger has a secondary lever that must be pulled in conjunction with the trigger. Otherwise, the pistol will not fire. This prevents any rearward movement of the trigger in case the pistol is accidentally dropped. The idea is that the pistol will not fire unless the trigger is fully and intentionally pulled.
As noted, the Beretta Nano also benefits from a number of ergonomic and modular features as well. The ergonomics of the pistol are apparent in the snag-free technopolymer grip frame that offers a grip angle and contours that are designed to follow the form of the hand. A really interesting feature is the fact that the grip frame is interchangeable. This is possible because the removable, stainless steel sub-chassis is the only serialized component of the pistol. The inclusion of an adjustable 3-dot sight system is great in its own right, but the fact that they are interchangeable and can be easily removed and replaced with high-end sights is a major plus. Finally, the magazine release is reversible, making it easily accessible by both left- and right-handed shooters.
The Beretta Nano features a 3.07-inch barrel and an overall length of 5.63 inches. Ordinarily, I would not bother mentioning the width, but the Nano boasts an astounding width of .90 inches! All major components are manufactured from steel, with both the slide and the barrel featuring a black Nitride finish. The pistol weighs in at about 1.25 pounds. The inclusion of a 3-dot iron sight system, which features a dovetail front sight, provides for the rapid acquisition of targets and pinpoint accuracy. As noted, each pistol includes two 6-round magazines to provide for a "6+1" capacity.
Say goodbye to your backup .380 pistol. With the Beretta Nano, you get a pistol chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum that is powerful enough to become your daily carry yet small enough to be used as a backup. Consider the Nano for:
- Personal protection and concealed carry
- Target shooting
- Law enforcement
- Much more…