Gun Digest

The Beretta Pico Now Shipping

Beretta's Pico is now selling after a bit of a wait, giving shooters one of the smallest .380 ACPs on the market.

This is a bit of old news, given the Beretta Pico has been selling across America for more than a month now. But given the rash of new .380 ACPs recently, the handgun is still worth a gander.

What makes the U.S.-made pistol from the Italian manufacturer interesting is the svelte figure it cuts. The 2.7-inch barreled handgun has an overall length of 5.1 inches, a width of .725 inches, and tips the scales at 11.5 ounces unloaded.

The width of the gun appears particularly appealing for those searching for a concealed carry gun. In fact, Beretta is boasting that particular dimension is slimmer than any other .380 presently on the market.

It doesn’t appear Beretta just focused on the modular pistol’s size in making it conducive to concealed carry. The gun's overall design has a number of features that should make it dandy in or outside the waistband.

The Beretta Pico is a double-action only pistol. But unlike most DAOs the handgun is hammer fired, not striker.

The Pico appears to have incredibly smooth lines top to bottom and front to back. Rounding out the sharp edges and corners should make the handgun a smooth draw, reducing the likelihood of snagging on clothing.

Also helping the pistol as an undercover piece is its polymer frame and stainless steel slide and subchassis. The materials provide corrosion resistance, an import feature when the gun is carried in the muggy recesses of the body. Not to mention, the two tone has a certain aesthetic appeal, too boot.

Similar to most pistols in the Pico’s class, its limiting factor is capacity. The .380 – rated to shoot +P ammunition – ships with two six-round magazines. One has a flushing baseplate, the other an extension to ensure an all-finger grip.

The pistol is designed for righties and lefties, boasting an ambidextrous magazine release. And, via a hex screw, the Pico’s sights are full adjustable and interchangeable. Beretta pointed out in its media, this includes compatibility with available Trijicon night sights.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Beretta's Pico is how slender it is.

The Pico is unique in the world of double-action-only pistols, given it is hammer fired, not striker. And this feature should make the gun particularly safe, given its firing system does not store energy until the trigger is pulled.

The DAO system also gives the pistol some unique characteristics, perhaps the most desirable being its ability to restrike. In short, this means that the trigger can be pull a second time, if the first did not fire the round.

Being hammer fired, Beretta has done away with passive safeties, saying the Pico does not require drop or magazine-disconnect safeties.

The pistol's other unique feature is its subchassis, which is the only place that is serialized on the handgun, thus is the only part – by Federal Law – defined as a firearm. In turn, any other part of the gun can be switched out without going into foul territory.

Beretta introduced the Pico in 2013, but delayed its “manufacturing schedule to ensure the new Pico would meet Beretta's exacting standards. Specifically Beretta focused on reliable feeding and extraction across a wide variety of commercially available .380 ammunition.”

In addition to two magazines, the Pico ships with a soft case. Presently, its MSRP is $399.

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