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Beretta, also known as Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta, is an Italian arms manufacturer that was established in 1526, making it the oldest active arms manufacturer today. The company has been family-owned since its inception over 475 years ago and is known for its wide range of firearms, which include handguns, rifles, shotguns, submachine guns and much more – all of which find markets with the military, law enforcement agencies and civilians worldwide. Beretta USA, Beretta's American production facility, is stationed just a few miles down the road in Accokeek, Maryland. It is there that the Beretta U22 Neos is manufactured.
The Beretta U22 Neos is aptly named, as neos means "new" in Greek. In case your eyes have deceived you, the Beretta U22 Neos practically screams new. In fact, when Beretta USA went to work on the design for this pistol, they started from scratch before developing a brand new pistol meant to engage the next generation of shooting enthusiasts. With cutting-edge visuals and a modular design, Beretta USA, in conjunction with famous Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, accomplished exactly what they set out to do.
The Beretta U22 Neos is not marked only by its visually eye-popping design. Its looks are backed up by a wonderful performance right out of the box. The .22 LR cartridge, along with the Neos' six-inch barrel, provides for uncanny accuracy. Those looking for an even tighter grouping, however, will surely enjoy the integral Weaver-style rail that runs the length of the frame and provides for the attachment of lights, lasers and other tactical equipment.
The Beretta U22 Neos features a six-inch barrel and an overall length of 10.3 inches. With a stainless steel slide and a frame manufactured from aluminum alloy, the U22 Neos weighs in at approximately 35 ounces, just over two pounds and making it easily handled by shooters of all skill levels. In addition to the fully adjustable iron sights, the full-length sight bridge includes an integral Weaver-style rail that makes mounting optics simple. Routine cleaning and maintenance is just as easy with a simple, tool-less disassembly. Other features of the Beretta U22 Neos include a firing pin indicator, an ambidextrous manual thumb safety and a unique magazine release designed to be operated with the trigger finger for right-handed shooters and the weak hand of left-handed shooters. As noted, the pistol comes with two 10-round magazines, giving it a "10+1" capacity.
Whether you are looking for something that looks like it belongs in a science-fiction epic or you just want to try something new and exciting, the Beretta U22 Neos is worthy of a look or two. Consider this pistol for:
- Competitive shooting
- Target shooting
- Much more…
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I was so suprised to see this gun for sale here the other day I forgot to mention some of the key features that excited me to buy mine in the first place
As a Collector of many years I learned long ago that most people hate nothing worse than going to the range on a warm summer day having a really nice time then coming home to have to take some complicated gun apart to clean it.
The U22 Neos while it looks like a nightmare to break down is suprizingly easy to maintain
The Rail runs from end to end on the top making it look like you need a mechanics tool box to disasemble it for cleaning
Thankfully thats not the case with the Neos
You simply drop the mag, check to make sure its empty then get to cleaning
It has a wheel (you can see it in the picture) that you simply turn that thumb wheel several tuns and it allows the entire barrel w/rail assembly off the frame.
With the barrel off the slide comes out quite esily by sliding it forward and off and you then have the entire gun stripped to its basic components
From there cleaning (even with a scope mounted) is quick and painless. You clean it like you would any other gun without having to worry about getting solvents in your trigger, banging the Crown by trying to clean from the muzzle, (it is a competition grade target pitol after all) with the bolt in your hand its straighforward again cleaning it up as is the frame
Once you get it all clean and lubed and ready for reasembly you slide the bolt back on the rails, (the recoil spring is captive so you dont have to worry about it flying off anywhere) position the barrel/rail assembly in place and slide in into position and screw the captive thumbwheel back down tight.
Operate the slide a couple times to ditribute the oil you just put on the rails, wipe off any excess oil and sore it away till your next trip to the range,Match or Hunting. It really is that simple. Total cleanup time for a complete cleaning is about 5 minutes
I have owned several target pistols that were designed for shooting competitive matches that were near impossible to brak down for propper cleaning and a gun that isn't maintained well don't win many matches!
Ya know as L ook at this gun again (Don't see many of them around here) it makes me wish I had not sold mine, Ive gotten to old and eye sight to bad to really compete in any handgun matches anymore but I still love a good quality Match Grade Pistol and the feel of it in my hand. It seems most match shooters at that time used Browning's or S&W's both build nice high quality .22lr target pistols anytime I showed up with my Neos it never failed to catch peoples attention and while I am far from a professional competition shooter my little Neos and I always made those who were serious work for the place
Overall the more I think about this gun the more I regret having sold it. Only ever had one other gun like that and I finally went out and bought another one to replace it nearly 30 years later. Now this Neos makes me feel the same way so who knows, I may end up buying another one of thhese myself again one day soon!
I once bought one of these on a spur of the moment buy and was not disapointed in the gun in any way. It was a nice reliable, Acurate Target gun with a space age look and all, It is equipted for a scope wich is the only way I shot mine so cant honestly comment on the iron sights on it but with a 2x Leupold Pistol scope mounted it was quite accurate
On the downside magazines are not as common as some other gun mags are and the space age look lost its appeal in a fairly short time and I ended up trading it in on my 92FS for use with my Gemtech Suppressor
That was another thing with the NEOS is that aftermarket barrel makers dont make extended threaded barrel for it to mount a suppressor on
Overall I enjoyed shooting it while I had it and if your really into the space age look its a nice gun at a fair price but if you plan on mounting a suppressor on it this is not the gun you want.