Beretta Nano is like a Volkswagen Beetle with Bugatti engines. A powerful, concealable pistol that functions flawlessly and ideal for everyday carry!
Beretta Nano: The Ideal Carry Gun
I have been searching for a well-designed, low profile, powerful and accurate concealed carry pistol ideal for self-defense. Then I finally found the Beretta Nano, a sub-compact, locked-breech, striker-fired, recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm. I prefer 9mm over a .380 because of its increased stopping power and its continuing availability of affordable ammo. This sub-compact pistol is exactly what I have in mind for my everyday carry, it is Beretta’s answer to the growing concealed carry market. A tiny piece of weapon that has the capability of keeping me safe especially when SHTF!
The Beretta Nano BU9 is one of the smallest sub-compact pistols on the market today. It is a slim, sleek and snag-free concealable shooter. It is Beretta’s first striker-fired pistol which is capable of delivering 6+1 9mm rounds accurately. The grip has a front and rear checkered design to keep my hold firm. The slide barrel and chamber are covered in durable black nitride coating. Nano comes with a reversible mag release that swap to the left or to the right depending on your preference. It also has an internal automatic striker block safety and a trigger drop safety common to many modern firearms which eliminate the need for external safety. To know more about the technical side, below are the specs of the Beretta Nano BU9.
- Type: Recoil-operated, striker-fired DAO-typed trigger
- Barrel Length: 3.07″
- Overall Length: 5.63″
- Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
- Capacity: 6+1
- Construction: Stainless/Alloy Steel, fiberglass-reinforced technopolymer
- Finish: Black nitride
- Grips: Integral with frame
- Sights: Removable dovetailed white dot front and rear with lock screws
- Weight: 17.1 oz.
Ease of Use and Performance
The Beretta Nano is very easy to operate and shoot. I hit the bullseye from 10 feet away on my first shot, thanks to its adjustable, low-profile, three-dot sights. Although the trigger has a heavy pull measuring about 7-8 pounds, it breaks quickly and it will feel more like a 6-pound pull. And when we talk about recoil, the slide is heavier than the grip so this helps to tame the recoil and muzzle rise when you shoot it. You just have to use the right ammo to avoid misfeeds. The Nano doesn’t recommend using +P or +P+ ammo. When it comes to field stripping, the nano is easy to breakdown due to the well-thought-out takedown design of this pistol. And it can be simply done with steps illustrated well in the users manual.
Pros and Cons
There are a lot of good features the Beretta Nano possess and one of them is the size that is ideal for concealed carry. It is ridiculously small considering the punches it carries. It is easy to operate and maintain and because the serial number is on the chassis, you can swap your polymer grip to black, brown, OD green or even pink. The Nano’s snag-free design leaves nothing to poke you when you carry it in your pocket and nothing to catch when drawing the pistol. But just like everything else, the Beretta Nano also has its downside and it is the heavy trigger pull. The trigger pull is around 7-8 pounds right out of the box. Other than that, some shooters might encounter an FTE using 115 grain but when you use 120-grain ammo or above, there’s a strong possibility you will not experience a malfunction.
Overall Verdict and Price
The Beretta Nano BU9 is easy to conceal, use, and maintain. It is an accurate and reliable sub-compact pistol that has the power to stop any perpetrator. Will I recommend this pistol? The answer is a resounding “hell yeah!” You can get the Beretta Nano for right around $400 or even less.
Watch this video to learn more about the Beretta Nano and check out how it performs in the range!
Deep concealment will not be an issue for the Beretta Nano. It is definitely one of the best sub-compact pistols for home defense and personal protection. The design may not be groundbreaking, you might even see much better pistols in the near future but for now, the Nano is a perfect option in an increasingly populous niche.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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