Beretta Cheetah....Opinions Please.

Beretta Cheetah....Opinions Please.

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    Beretta Cheetah....Opinions Please.

    Guys,
    I'm getting close to talking myself into a Beretta Cheetah. I like the feel, the safety (ala 1911), and the 13 round capacity. This will be for fun shooting, getting my wife used to shooting an auto, and occasional carry. My regular carry gun is a S&W 642.

    Any reason for not getting one? Any reliability issues? All opinions are welcome. Thanks for the help.
    Steve


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    It does have a magazine disconnect. Don't know if that's a problem for you or not.
    Extremely reliable feed/function firearm and nicely accurate.
    Good ergonomics. Mild recoil.


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    Really nice and great gun. Just got an IWB holster for mine as shown in a recent thread in the holsters forum. Mine's the single stack 85, but they're both great.

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    A guy I work with has one he loves it.

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    A friend of mine has a Browning BDA made by Beretta. Roughly same size and shape and a heck of a good gun it is.

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    I Was Just Looking At Them...

    Nice looking pistol...felt great in the hand.
    But with the size, as compared to my KelTec...seems like it should be bigger than .380
    I'm sure it would be much more fun to shoot than my P-3AT.

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    I had a model 84 that I let slip away. Boy I wish that I had it back.... A very nice gun!
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    They are well made and shoot nicely. The only down side is they are a little large and heavy for a .380 carry gun. Maybe if it were 9mm I would get one.
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    Dropping by Gander Mtn. last week, I got one of these used and in reasonable shape for $200. I snapped it up the moment it was placed onto the shelf. The mag safety is merely a spring that I removed, no problem. I can put it back if ever needed.
    For once, I was in the right place at the right time.
    Yes, KT is best for CCW concealment but, the Cheetah can be carried cocked and locked, has a really nice trigger and looks oh, so nice.

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    27 rounds of hot .380 available with a quick magazine chance is nothing to sneeze at either.
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    Thumbs up

    I don't know why, but I've looked at those multiple times but have never gotten one, I've heard nothing but good things about them.

    I don't know If I would ever carry one, but for Stephens intended purposes of an entry level auto for the wife, and a range gun I don't think it can be beat.

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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the feedback. Sounds like a great gun. Now to find the best price!

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    I've been looking at them myself and price is a big factor here. The only deal i've found is a couple LE trade ins at the dealer that seem to have been thrown out of a moving car at 70 mph. And the price is 349.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Guys,
    I'm getting close to talking myself into a Beretta Cheetah. I like the feel, the safety (ala 1911), and the 13 round capacity. This will be for fun shooting, getting my wife used to shooting an auto, and occasional carry. My regular carry gun is a S&W 642.

    Any reason for not getting one? Any reliability issues? All opinions are welcome. Thanks for the help.
    Steve
    I could never understand the point of a full size, hi-cap pistol in .380 ACP. Then it hit me, one day at the range, an old neighbor of mine had his Beretta M84 and his GI 1911A1 and we were obviously shooting.

    He said he could conceal the .45 as easily as the .380 and he'd get rid of the Beretta if his wife didn't like it. She just didn't care for the kick of the .45.

    I said to him "give it to her because she'll use it if she has to" and "what's better, a .45 that she's scared of or 12(?) rounds of .380 she'll use?".

    He made sure it worked well with hollow-points and she got the pistol.

    I agree that for the average shooter there are much better choices in that size category of handgun, without a doubt.

    With that stated, I feel that the Beretta M84 Cheetah has a useful niche in the (U.S.) market and that's the recoil sensitive shooters out there.
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    I can't hit the broadside of a barn from the inside with the Cheetah I've shot. It fit my hand well and I love the looks but I just can't shoot it. The owner of the pistol is worse than me with it but I can't condemn the gun for what might be our poor shooting or a single bad gun.
    If he was gonna decorate his bar with my friend, he shoulda armed himself.

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