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TECHNICAL |

DOPE BAG

Beretta Pico

For sighting, the Beretta Pico is fitted with steel Trijicon front
and rear night sights. Whereas the rear sight (l.) is adjustable for windage, the front (r.) is fixed.

W

hen it comes to concealed-carry
handguns, smaller is generally
considered better. And while
Beretta isn't claiming that its Pico
.380 ACP is the "smallest" of its type
on the market, it does say that it is the
"thinnest," with a width of 0.71". This
critical dimension is key to comfortable
concealed carry, which is precisely the
role for which the Pico is designed.
The Pico is a U.S.-made, lightweight, compact and simple-to-operate
semi-automatic handgun that uses
a combination of steel and polymer
components to achieve its size and
weight goals. It is a close cousin both
in design and operation to the 9 mm
Luger-chambered Beretta Nano. Being
a handgun designed with concealed
carry in mind, it is difficult to find
a sharp edge on the Pico-nearly
every contour and surface is rounded
to prevent snagging on clothing. The
polymer frame is removable from the
serial-numbered metal "chassis," and
can be easily exchanged for accessory
frames in different colors.

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Operation of the Pico is straightforward and similar to that of most
modern semi-automatic designs. The
two included stainless steel magazines
each have a capacity of six rounds. One
of the magazines fits flush with the
frame to minimize external dimensions
while the second's polymer base plate
extension allows the shooter to achieve

a full-handed grip on the handgun.
The Pico does not have a magazine
disconnect, so the pistol can be fired
without a magazine in place.
The only manual controls on the
Pico are an ambidextrous magazine
release and a left-side slide stop;
there is no manual safety. The magazine release is actuated by pressing

SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YDS.)
.380 ACP
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 10'
(F .S.)
.P

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

SIG SAUER EP
90-GR. JHP

918 AVG.
18 SD

168

0.40

1.02

0.74

HORNADY
CRITICAL
DEFENSE
90-GR. FTX

887 AVG.
23 SD

157

0.58

1.29

0.86

PMC BRONZE
90-GR. FMJ

897 AVG.
26 SD

161

0.67

1.21

0.90

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

NOTES: AVERAGE MEASURED VELOCITY FOR 10 CONSECUTIVE SHOTS FROM A 2.7" BARREL
OVER A OEHLER MODEL 35P CHRONOGRAPH AT 10 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS BASED ON FIVE
CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FIRED FROM SANDBAGS AT 7 YDS. TEMPERATURE: 67ยบ F
.
HUMIDITY: 65%. ABBREVIATIONS: EP (ELITE PERFORMANCE), FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET),
FTX (FLEX TIP EXPANDING), JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
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