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GUNS Magazine August 2012 Digital Edition - Page 46

FROM BERETTA has some unique features. Massad Ayoob Photos: Robbie Barrkman hat I’ve come to call “slim-9s,” subcompact 9mm Parabellum auto pistols of pocket-size dimensions, are the new rage for concealed carry. Beretta has joined the market with their fascinating Nano, a striker-fired, double-action-only design built around a “sub-chassis” that lifts easily out of its polymer frame and makes disassembly and cleaning a breeze. No manual safety, no need for a decocking mechanism, good sights, a sleek profile, and a slide with more 4140 ordnance steel than some of the competition, to help control recoil and enhance “shootability.” It’s become customary in some gun magazines to test these “pocket pistols” at 7 yards or so, instead of the traditional 25 paces. The theory is they won’t be used farther than that. Strangely, none of those guns owner’s manuals explain the force field that will keep anyone farther than seven steps distance from shooting at you and requiring return fire. So, I test them at 25 yards like anything else. They’ll surprise you. This one did. With a 9mm, I try to test with the three most popular bullet weights: 9mm pocket pistol The latest W Firearms instructor Herman Gunter, III fires the Nano. Notice upward cocked wrist, middle knuckle of firing hand in line with radius bone of his forearm. Photo: Massad Ayoob. 46 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • A U G U S T 2 0 1 2

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