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Old 05-17-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Took the new Beretta to the range today and ran 4 magazines through it. In my haste, I didn't clean & oil it first (I know, I know). Every round chambered and fired as designed. I had a hard time seeing the front sight at first until I realized I didn't have my shooting glasses on. Duh! It is a single stack .380 and all metal construction. The frame is anodized aluminum and the gun weighs about 22 oz. empty. The magazines hold 8 tiny bullets ( I've been shooting alot of .45 Long Colt of late). It has a magazine disconnect so it can't be fired without a magazine. The safety acts as a decocker if the hammer is back. The grip is smaller than my commander size 1911 and fits comfortably in my hand. I'm not a fan of the micro pistols or small guns that are painful to shoot, but this was neither. Given the size and comfortable grip, it was a pleasure to shoot. The box of ammo I bought was spendy, but I have a .380 setup for my Dillon SD that I will try once I get some brass & bullets. The wife tried it and she gave it a thumbs up. I'll report back when I have some reloads for an accuracy evaluation.
After that I ran some reloads through my S&W 1911 PD and they all went fine. I brought some Wolf hardball and had some stovepipes with them. I'll have to use them up in my RIA gov't, since it isn't as finicky.

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What no pics, sounds like a nice gun.
My only 380 pistol is a near full-sized single stack as well.
I also hate the tiny pocket pistols.

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I just bought my first ever handgun, its a beretta 85fs cheetah; and that as a result of a strong recommendation from a friend that owns several thousands of dollars worth of firearms. I've took the time to learn everything I can about the operation of the gun but I have had some trouble finding information on the correct functioning action of the safety/decocker feature. After racking the slide and releasing the slide catch (or just pulling the hammer back with my thumb) I re-engage the safety on the weapon. The safety first switches to a 'halfway' position before it will fully engage and decock the hammer. I'm wondering if this is normal for my particular model or not! I should note that if I switch the safety on and off when the hammer is not pulled back it switches to fully on and fully off, no 'halfway' position included. Also, I've had a few problems with rounds jamming and not ejecting while cycling a clip through by operating the slide with my hand. Does this damage the gun in any way?

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Took the new Beretta to the range today and ran 4 magazines through it. In my haste, I didn't clean & oil it first (I know, I know). Every round chambered and fired as designed. I had a hard time seeing the front sight at first until I realized I didn't have my shooting glasses on. Duh! It is a single stack .380 and all metal construction. The frame is anodized aluminum and the gun weighs about 22 oz. empty. The magazines hold 8 tiny bullets ( I've been shooting alot of .45 Long Colt of late). It has a magazine disconnect so it can't be fired without a magazine. The safety acts as a decocker if the hammer is back. The grip is smaller than my commander size 1911 and fits comfortably in my hand. I'm not a fan of the micro pistols or small guns that are painful to shoot, but this was neither. Given the size and comfortable grip, it was a pleasure to shoot. The box of ammo I bought was spendy, but I have a .380 setup for my Dillon SD that I will try once I get some brass & bullets. The wife tried it and she gave it a thumbs up. I'll report back when I have some reloads for an accuracy evaluation.
After that I ran some reloads through my S&W 1911 PD and they all went fine. I brought some Wolf hardball and had some stovepipes with them. I'll have to use them up in my RIA gov't, since it isn't as finicky.
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When engaging the safety/decocker, the hammer goes all the way down on my gun, so there is no way to go cocked & locked. I experienced no half-way position. You can always contact Baretta to ask about operations and what is normal and what isn't. My gun experienced no failures to feed using factory ball ammo. My hp reloads which fit in the chamber by hand also had no failures to feed. This doesn't mean the next example will do the same or not. My usual rule of thumb is to run at least 500 rounds without failure as a test of reliability. New guns that have issues should be evaluated to see if it happens to be a warranty issue or not. It isn't unusual to have some issues out of the box that go away as the gun wears/breaks in. Those types of things are not necessarily flaws, just perhaps some tight tolerences.
Sorry about not posting pictures earlier, but it is just a new blue gun with plastic grips, nothing different from the factory pictures. Since my purchase, Colt brought out the Mustang again. It is a neat looking gun, but I'm guessing my fat mitts fit the Baretta better.

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beretta .380s are a blast. I shoot my 85 almost every trip to the range. Sweet carry piece too for those who dont have a problem with the round for defence. IMo with modern ammo it does the trick for the average civvy.

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I just bought my first ever handgun, its a beretta 85fs cheetah; and that as a result of a strong recommendation from a friend that owns several thousands of dollars worth of firearms. I've took the time to learn everything I can about the operation of the gun but I have had some trouble finding information on the correct functioning action of the safety/decocker feature. After racking the slide and releasing the slide catch (or just pulling the hammer back with my thumb) I re-engage the safety on the weapon. The safety first switches to a 'halfway' position before it will fully engage and decock the hammer. I'm wondering if this is normal for my particular model or not! I should note that if I switch the safety on and off when the hammer is not pulled back it switches to fully on and fully off, no 'halfway' position included. Also, I've had a few problems with rounds jamming and not ejecting while cycling a clip through by operating the slide with my hand. Does this damage the gun in any way?
Are you following the slide forward or letting it go? You may not be allowing the extractor to engage if you are following the slide forward.
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