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American Handgunner Sept/Oct 2012 Digital Edition - Page 46
9mm NaNO BereTTa JOiNs ver the past few years, we’ve seen a whole bunch of neat, tiny pistols in .380 Auto. Then a little later in time, a few in 9x19mm. For the bigbore he-men, there have even been a couple in .40 and .45 Auto. I wondered, a while back, when is Beretta going to get into his scene? Well, now we have the answer — the Nano. The dictionary definition of the name is “exceedingly small.” Or, as a technical prefix, “one billionth.” While it’s not quite in that category, it is very slim and compact for a pistol in 9mm. And I’m told, there will soon be a version in .40 S&W. In addition to the size factor, there are no protruding parts. The only external control, the 46 The beretta’s nano joins the other small 9mm autos growing in popularity. The POckeT Pack J. B. WOOd the slide recoil is nicely handled by this 2-stage captive spring unit. the original brilliant design was by larry seecamp. the beretta nano and the test ammo from cor-bon, black Hills and Hornady. O magazine release, is very low profile. Even though there’s room for only two average fingers on the frontstrap, the grip frame is so perfectly shaped it sits well in the hand. The front and back have good, deep checkering. Using space-age polymer for the grip-frame makes the unloaded weight 20 ounces. So, even loaded, it will be a comfortable carry. The Nano has a striker-type firing system, and a DAO trigger with a smooth, quick pull. If you move the trigger slowly, there’s a slight hesitation point at the end of its arc so you can use the sights. There is an internal automatic striker-block that is concealed just before let-off. The striker system is a “reset-type,” with the slide movement placing the striker in an intermediate position. It’s interesting to note this is only the second time Beretta has made a striker-fired pistol. The other one was a little .25 Auto, the Model 1920. That one was made for 41 years, and was later called Model 318 and Model 418. With the automatic striker block and the DAO trigger, no other safety system was needed. However, because of the legal-weasels out there, they added one of those “flipper” things in the trigger. The idea was to prevent accidental firing from inertial movement of the trigger and trigger bar if the pistol was dropped on a hard surface. Actually, given the minimal mass of the components, you’d have to Continued on page 93 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2012