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SPECS
MANUFACTURER: BERETTA USA (DEPT. AR), 17601 BERETTA DRIVE, ACCOKEEK, MD

20607; (800) 237-3882; BERETTA.COM
5.1"

a small tab at the bottom rear of the
trigger guard downward, which allows
both loaded and unloaded magazines
to drop free from the frame when the
pistol is held upright. The magazine
catch is challenging to engage under
stress; our suspicion is that Beretta's
engineers wanted to limit inadvertent
user-induced magazine drops, rather
than enhance speed of operation. The
steel slide stop only protrudes from
the frame by a hair, yet we never
missed it with our thumbs during our
range testing. It can be used both to
release the slide when a magazine is
inserted as well as to lock the slide
rearward; the slide locks back automatically on an empty magazine.
Operating the Pico's slide chambers
a round but does not cock the
shrouded hammer, the handgun
operates as a double-action only. The
trigger pull on the Pico is long and,
at nearly 10 lbs., fairly heavy. Such
a pull is not necessarily out of place
on a handgun designed to be carried
loaded without the assurance of a
manual safety. Since the trigger pull
both cocks the hammer and releases
the sear, the trigger reset on the
Pico is nearly as long as the initial
trigger pull. Despite the weight and
duration of the trigger pull, the Pico
was easy to shoot well at short-range
targets-this is a firearm intended for
defensive use, not target shooting.
The Pico's three-dot steel sights are
secured in their slots by screws, and
Trijicon night sights, such as those
shown on the test gun, are available
as accessories and are easily installed
by the user without special equipment. Accuracy was excellent for a
handgun of any size, much less a
pocket .380, with 7-yd. groups rarely
exceeding one ragged hole. Recoil was
mild, aided no doubt by the nested
recoil springs attached to the fulllength stainless steel guide rod.
We experienced three failures to
extract during our accuracy testing,
all with the SIG Sauer Elite 90-gr.
jacketed hollow-point load. Clearing
the malfunction required removing
the magazine, racking the slide to
remove the fired case and reinserting
the magazine before cycling the

2.7"
STAINLESS STEEL

3.95"
SIGHTS:

THREE-DOT

STEEL FIXED BLADE

CALIBER: .380 ACP
ACTION TYPE: RECOILOPERATED, SEMI-

AUTOMATIC CENTERFIRE PISTOL

FRAME:

POLYMER WITH

RECEIVER INSERT

SLIDE: STAINLESS STEEL
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE,

1:10" RH TWIST

MAGAZINE:

STAINLESS

STEEL DETACHABLE
BOX; SIX-ROUND
CAPACITY

slide to reload the chamber. The
cavernous hollow points of the SIG
Sauer ammunition also resulted in a
sharp edge on the cartridge's nose that
required some coaxing to get into the
chamber on the first round of each
magazine. The pointed elastomeric tip
Hornady Critical Defense FTX and roundnose PMC full-metal-jacket loads fed,
fired and ejected without incident. Small
guns can be ammunition-sensitive, and
it appears the Pico is no exception.
The Pico is disassembled by rotating
the slotted takedown screw on the right
side of the frame counter-clockwise.
The slide moves forward and off the
frame rails, allowing the recoil spring
assembly and barrel to be removed.
Reversing the procedure reassembles the
firearm and the disassembly/reassembly
takes mere seconds. When the slide
assembly is placed back on the frame

FRONT AND REAR,

DRIFT ADJUSTABLE FOR

WINDAGE; AVAILABLE
TRIJICON NIGHT
SIGHTS (TESTED)
TRIGGER: DOUBLEACTION ONLY; 9-LB.,
5-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 0.71"
WEIGHT: 11.5 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: ZIPPERED NYLON CASE,
SPARE MAGAZINE,
OWNER'S MANUAL
MSRP: $398

and brought to the rear, the takedown
screw automatically snaps back into
the "locked" position. Disassembling
and reassembling the Pico reveals
well-constructed components that fit
together with precision.
A gun that is truly concealable,
reliable, safe and reasonably accurate
is ideal for daily defensive carry.
Incompatibility with one ammunition
type aside, the Beretta Pico meets
each of those criteria.

Disassembly of the
Pico requires the user
to rotate the slotted
takedown screw (arrow)
counterclockwise for
slide removal, at which
point the recoil spring
assembly and barrel can
be removed.
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