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Posted:  5/3/2013 2:09 PM #37581
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Subject: Beretta Unveils Newest Pistol This Morning
The Outdoorwire.com- At the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas today, Italian firearm legend Fabbrica D'Armi Pietro Beretta announced their newest pistol innovation featuring integral laser and light technologies furnished by LaserMax. Chambered in .380 ACP, the Beretta Pico™ can be modified to .32 ACP with a simple barrel replacement. In fact, every element of the pistol was designed for user customization, from the frame to the quick-change dovetail sights. Light, durable, and easy to draw from concealment, the Pico represents an enviable entry by Beretta into the popular micro-compact pistol market. With base models starting at just $399, these clever USA-made pistols are expected to fly off the shelves as soon as they begin shipping in August.

Measuring a slender 18mm at its widest point, the Beretta Pico is distinguished from rival micro-compact pistols by a truly unique modular design. The pistol's stainless steel slide assembly encapsulates a discrete sub-chassis which bears the firearm serial number. In contrast to conventional frame serialization, this attribute enables the firearm to accept an array of interchangeable polymer frames at the user's discretion. Recognizing that laser sighting dramatically improves shooting performance while white light helps quickly identify a threat, Beretta commissioned LaserMax to supply frames with integrated tactical lights and lasers as upgrades for the Pico.

"It was Beretta's objective to provide the finest selection of enhancements to the cutting-edge Pico pistol platform and LaserMax is delighted to have been selected for the collaboration," explained Jeff Mock, LaserMax VP of Engineering. "Our design teams worked extremely well together and the result was a fully-integrated system that we feel is far greater than the sum of its parts." In both LaserMax frame configurations, the light source, electronics and power supply are encased within the dust cover area, seamlessly fusing the functional optics with the pistol frame and adding no bulk to interfere with concealment. Rafe Bennett, VP of Product Marketing for Beretta, described LaserMax as a "vital partner" and the laser and light frames as the "key elements" in Pico's accessory lineup. Bennett further emphasized that it was LaserMax's "diligence and professionalism" that made the Pico project possible on an accelerated time line. In his view, the marriage of laser sight expertise and pistol development know-how has yielded the "perfect laser or light solution for an ultra compact pistol."

The Beretta Pico and LaserMax frame combinations will be offered as completed firearm assemblies and the laser and light frame options will also be sold separately as an upgrade to the base model. Those wishing to add a splash of color will have the opportunity to select black, flat dark earth, white and purple frames to complement the Pico's stainless steel slide. For more information on the new Beretta Pico pistol, please visit www.berettausa.com.

Now in its 24th year, LaserMax is a market leading producer of premium laser systems. Specializing in the design and manufacture of rugged and innovative firearm sighting solutions for military, law enforcement and commercial markets worldwide, the company also delivers premium laser products and optical systems for the semiconductor, aerospace, biomedical and telecommunications industries. Since the company's first laser inventions in 1989, LaserMax has grown to become a global leader in laser systems, developing significant intellectual property and being awarded several primary patents in laser technology. LaserMax is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and WOSB 8(m) certified Women-Owned Small Business. All LaserMax products are designed and manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility in Rochester, NY, USA.

Posted:  5/7/2013 10:56 AM #37639
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Subject: Review: The Beretta Pico: Tiny gun makes a big splash at NRA Convention
From Guns & Patriots- By: Richard L. Johnson- Beretta showed off the all new Pico pistol at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits last week in Houston.  This new gun is a subcompact pistol that is clearly aimed at the concealed carry market, and offers some features not commonly found on this class of pistol. The new Pico is a tiny, subcompact pistol chambered for the .380 ACP and .32 ACP cartridges.  As with many modern handgun designs, it has a polymer frame and stainless steel slide and barrel.  The gun is double-action-only and fired with a traditional hammer, not a striker.

 

If you are familiar with the Nano, some of the Pico’s features will look familiar.  In fact, the name Pico comes from the metric measuring system, just like the Nano.  Pico is the next smaller unit of measurement from Nano.  The Pico is even smaller than the Nano, hence the name.

This gun is thin.  Really thin.  As in 18mm thin.  For those of you (like me) that are stuck on inches, that works out to be just shy of 0.71” wide.  For a concealed carry gun, width is a big deal and this gun is really aiming for the minimalist description.  I don’t know if that is the thinnest pistol in current production, but it has got to be one of the thinnest.

Like the Nano, the Pico uses a removable sub-chassis that contains the fire control mechanism.  This sub-chassis is considered the “firearm” by the ATF, and is therefore the portion that is regulated by law.  The frame is not the regulated part, so the user can buy multiple frames just like he or she would buy extra magazines.

There are three types of frames and multiple colors.  The base model Pico has a simple black frame.  However, shooters with a desire for something different can buy frames in white, flat dark earth, pink and purple.

In addition to the basic frames, there are two additional frames that were designed by Beretta in conjunction with LaserMax.  One of these frames integrates a laser, while the final frame integrates a white light.  By having the laser and lights integrated into the frame, Beretta was able to achieve a smaller package than what could be obtained by adding an external laser or light to an accessory rail.

Frames aren’t the only thing that easily changes on the Pico.  Caliber swaps are easy as well.  The first Picos to ship will be chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge, but pistols chambered for the .32 ACP will be close behind.  For maximum flexibility, shooters wanting both calibers will be able to swap calibers with a barrel change only.  Barrels will be available from Beretta.

Beretta states the Pico’s barrel only tilts up 1.4 degrees when the handgun is fired, which increases reliability in the feeding of cartridges into the chamber.  The company also states that felt recoil is dramatically reduced since the barrel does not tilt much.  I look forward to getting one on the range to test that claim.

The pistols will ship with two magazines:  one is a flush fit mag, while the second has a pinky finger extension.  The magazine with the extension does not increase capacity, which is six rounds.  The magazine release is ambidextrous.

Unlike some other guns in this size range, the sights on the Pico are full size.  The sights are dovetailed, allowing the user to change them out.  Trijicon is making night sights for the gun, so standard or tritium sights will be available from the factory.

The slide locks back as is typical for full size pistols.  The slide release is flush with the frame, meaning that it does not protrude and should not snag on anything during a draw.

Beretta expects to ship the Pico in August of this year.  In addition to the magazines, the guns will ship with a soft-sided, zippered carry case.  The MSRP will be $399.

In a time when firearms and ammunition are scarce, some readers may wonder why Beretta is rolling out a new firearm instead of just focusing on the current line-up.  This pistol was likely under development well prior to the current shortages.  Stopping the development of the guns probably didn’t make good financial sense; especially considering the current shortage is unlikely to be permanent.

For a small gun, the Pico offers a lot of features and does so at a sub-$400 price tag.  For a little extra money, an owner can have a few extra frames and even easily swap calibers.  I imagine this pistol will sell very well, but what do you think?  Sound off in the comments section below.



Posted:  5/7/2013 3:45 PM #37645
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Unless the Pico can carve out its own market niche as an uber-expensive-but-worth-it model, it's primary competition will be the micro-pistols in .380, specifically the KelTec P3AT, Taurus TCP 738, and Ruger LCP. The Micro Desert Eagle is too expensive, the NAA Guardian too heavy, and the Sig P238 is simply gigantic in price and size to be considered. Other models from lesser and smaller companies are too obscure in supply and too iffy in reputation.
 
Given that, the Pico, despite its modernity and features is at least $100 overpriced. Taurus and Keltec guns can be had for half what Beretta is asking, and Ruger for just a little more. The Pico is going to have to be a LOT softer on perceived recoil than the others, a LOT better finished, and a LOT better in every other way to be competitive at that ridiculous price for a gun that can't cost Beretta more than $75 to make, including packaging.
 
We can always hope that the street price will be at a significant discount from the MSRP. Now THAT would work.


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