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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…