Beretta announces their new Pico

Beretta-Pico-Frame-Colors-600x294During the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas on May 3, 2013, Beretta announced that a new gun will be shipping this August. Called the Pico it has a lot to offer the senior shooter. It initially comes as a very slim (.71”) Inox slide chambered in 380 acp with a forthcoming .32 acp drop in barrel as an accessory. The chassis of the gun is serialized which is the part that is considered the “gun” by the ATF people. This allows Beretta to offer new frames with built in lights and lasers rather than as add-ons.  Lasermax will be offering frame replacement frames with lights and lasers that require no or little tool use. MSRP is $399 for the .380 version of the gun that comes in a zippered bag.

UPDATE – Go here to see the official Beretta Specifications of the Pico, including weight

The Pico will ship with two 6 round magazines, one with a flat floor plate and the other with a finger extension so you have a choice on how to configure it. These magazines will hold both .380 and .32 ACP ammo.  Like S&W did prior to releasing the Shield, Beretta has already201353185642-beretta_pico_m struck deals with several holster makers to produce holsters for the new Pico. Beretta shows two holsters on their website. The first looks like an IWB hybrid holster in black with a belt clip that lists for $39. The other is a typical nylon pocket holsters listed at $35. Unlike most small pocket .380 guns; the Beretta Pico will sport much larger sights than found on other tiny guns. The rear sight can be drifted left and right as it is dovetailed into the slide. Both front and rear sights can be removed and replaced with different sights like the night sights being made by Trijicon for the Pico. The Pico has ambidextrous magazine releases and a slide stop/release that flush to the frame to maintain its thin profile.

Beretta claims that the Pico will have less recoil than typical guns its size and better feeding reliability. They state that the barrel of the Pico only tilts 1.4 degrees when fires and this increases its reliability and dramatically reduces recoil. A Beretta spokesman states that due to this feature, the Pico is actually enjoyable to shoot. Also in the works is ammo being specifically made for this gun by DoubleTap although existing ammo would work just fine.

Of interest to the senior shooters is the modularity of the new Pico. The ability to easily swap barrels to convert the gun from a .380 to .32 can come in handy as we age and a .380 becomes more than we can handle. Could even be used on those days when arthritis is flaring up and you want a milder recoiling caliber. In under a minute you swap out barrels, load your two stock magazines with .32 acp an you are good to go. Beretta_PicoSince the Pico is a modular gun due to the chassis being the actual “gun”. You can swap out the standard frame for one with a laser in it or one with a light. Do not like owning another black gun? Swap it out for a purple one. Gone are the days when you could have a gun in any color as long as it was black or blue.

If you like night sights you can purchase and install the popular Trijicon replacements. I have not seen the full specs on this gun like it weight but I think we can safely assume that it will be in the 9-10 oz. range of similar guns. For senior citizens the Pico provides an easy to carry modular gun that can be configured to suit the needs of its owner. If your eyes are not what they used to be simply swap out the standard frame for one with a laser built in. Hands hurting today, just replace the .380 barrel for the .32 one and you now have a gun with a lot less recoil. Although the .32/.380 are not the optimum defensive rounds, they sure are better than a sharp stick and a harsh word and more likely to be on you than your big 9mm or .45 back home in your gun safe.

Why would Beretta come out with a small .380 pocket gun after it has been done to death by everyone else who has moved on to small 9mm now? I can only assume that Beretta has found a way to improve and perfect the .380 pocket gun especially in the recoil department. I know many people who carry an LCP or similar and complain that they cannot shoot them well due to the recoil which can feel harsher than a 9mm out of a larger gun. The ability to simply drop in a .32 barrel is also attractive as you can share the gun between husband and wife if one cannot handle a .380 or even if advancing age makes shooting a .380 painful. This is a gun you can keep and not sell when your hands can no longer shoot the .380 or eyesight gets worst.

Although the gun is due out in August 2013, I issue the standard caution about being the first to buy a new model gun. The track record of all gun manufacturers has not been good lately with recalls seeming to be the norm rather than the exception. I try to wait at least 6 months before I buy a new model and that is if the gun has received mostly positive reviews. If the same problems are reported repeatedly I will wait until they are fixed. Having said this, it looks like this will be a viable gun choice for senior citizens made by a well-respected gun manufacture with a reputation for making very good guns.

 Watch the new Beretta Pico in action

From the official Beretta website:


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“Super thin, ultra conceable, and easy to configure, the Beretta Pico sets a new standard for the micro compact carry pistol. The thinnest .380 auto made…by a millimeter…the snag-free Pico’s slide and frame is a true 18 mm at their widest point. The grip frame, sights, and caliber (go from a .380 to a .32ACP by changing the barrel) are all simple to modify. Extremely soft shooting with a double action trigger, the Pico is easy to control with its smooth, tip-to-parallel, straight line action. the removable, serialized sub-chassis and modular frame feature simple disassembly for easy cleaning and customizing. The chassis can accommodate a Lasermax™ Laser frame and be customized with a selection of colored frames. Even the dovetail quick-change sights can be adjusted or replaced by the user. Light, durable, and easy to draw from concealment, the Pico brings all the reliability and quality of a Beretta to bear on its standing as the leader of a new generation of concealed carry firearms.”


10 thoughts on “Beretta announces their new Pico

  1. I think it would have been better to update the Tomcat line. If this PICO had the Tomcat’s tip-up barrel; that would have been a real positive for those who have a tough time racking the slide on a semi-auto.

  2. Funny, firing an M1911A1 back in the day even when the slide locked back everyone on the range pulled the trigger again, at least once.

    Reminds me of a time in Bamberg, FRG during pistol qual a comparatively elderly 19D buck sgt was having a tough time qualifying. I hinted to his lane neighbors that it’d be a nice gesture if, after they knew they’d shot a qualifying score they’d toss a few rounds toward home boy’s silhouettes. He wound up with more hits than the amount of ammo he’d been issued. That’s my guys. ;) Don’t need to pencil whip them scores, I gots peeps. ;)

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  4. That slide looks huge. I’ll keep my kel tec thank you very much. Someone please tell the writer (and beretta) that there is a difference between “recoil” and muzzle flip. The small barrel tilt will reduce muzzle flip, NOT recoil as was stated.

    • I do not know enough about it to dispute their claim. However I do know that a blowback design where the barrel is attached to the frame, recoils a lot more than a tilting barrel. I will wait to shoot one before I dispute their claims. Who knows, maybe there will be less recoil. :)

  5. I forgot to mention that the early literature mentions that the slide will lock back after the last round has been fired. Those who are familiar with reloading in training would appreciate that feature. Nothing worse than to hear you gun go click when you expect it to go bang due to no visual indication that your gun is empty. To any who think they can keep track of the number of shots they took in a violent encounter I say good luck because I rarely was able to do it even in competition. :-)

      • Sure you can join. Much of the information applies to all shooters but without the internet BS that passes for facts. I have 2 .380′s loaded with Hornady FTX and hot Corbon loads. The only drawback to them is only 10″ of penetration compared to over 12″ with 9mm. However here in Florida where no one wears bulky clothing it is not much of a problem. Ten inches will reach my spine or heart from any position and I am not thin. If the bullet hits an arm first, the odds that he next few will also do so are slim. Just read a story that a guy had to shoot an attacker 3 times with a .357 to stop him. Two to the chest and one to the head and the guy was still able to turn and start running before he collapsed. He did not even stop at ask what caliber he was shot with. He turned to run after shot and his accomplice took off at the sound of the first shot. So I do not feel under armed with a .380 but when I can I carry a .45, 9mm or .357 just for the fraction of an inch wiggle room and extra penetration.

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