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rlebl39
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Beretta .380 Cheetah



Anyone have any experience with this piece? Saw one at a gun show a while back and it's been on my mind since then.I don't know anyone personally who has one to try out and there isn't a whole lot of info on them online because they are out of production. I kinda want it for a CC, I think.

Currently already have a Sig P226 and Beretta 92, both in 9mm.







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jimbeaux82
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I have one and it is an excellent pistol, pobably the best 380 on the market, certainly top 3 at least. I like them because the safety system gives you the option to carry "cocked and locked", which is my peferred mode.





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From looking at it at the show it seems to be very similar to the 92. Does it shoot pretty similarly?





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My best friend's mother has carried one of those things for years. I fired it about 12 years ago and it didn't miss a lick. It didn't fit me, but it seemed like a really solid weapon.





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bapple
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I bet the 84 Cheetah is a well-built gun since it's based on the 92 design.

That being said, I see ZERO purpose in a full-sized, metal-framed 380. There are TONS of other 380s out there that can fit in a pocket and that is the only role I see a 380 filling. Since LCPs, P380s, and BodyGuards are tiny, that is their appeal - they can fit in your pocket. Unfortunately, this heavy and large gun is too big and you can't use it for pocket carry.

If you are a carrying a gun inside your waistband, there is VERY little reason to not get a 9mm. 9mm is THAT much better than 380 and you get the exact same amount of ammo in a comparable 380 magazine since the rounds are the same diameter.

So, if you wish to carry in your pocket, get a different 380. If you wish to carry in your waistband, get a 9mm or a larger bore, like 40 S&W or 45 ACP.

But if you just want it because it's a cool gun, I can respect that.







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rlebl39
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I would like to carry in my pocket, I think. I don't carry now though so really I don't know which way I would prefer to be honest.

It is a full size .380 which is one of my concerns of how well it would fit in a pocket. I have shot a LCP before and thought it was too small for my hand. I guess I need to look more in to the P380, and P238.

I've always been a little partial towards beretta because I grew up shooting beretta shotguns and pistols my whole life, which is why the cheetah caught my interest.

Thanks for the advice



ETA: Actually think I may end up going with a Sig P290 after further thought, it seems like a 9 that could still fit in a pocket. That Beretta was just on my mind, still may end up getting it one day.



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Gotta agree with you. Don't understand the purpose of a full size 380.





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P238.


Bought one a couple weeks ago for pocket carry. Nice little gun and has eaten anything I put in it so far. I HATE DAO guns, my wife has a bodyguard she carries in her purse. She likes it fine, but the trigger pull is a couple miles ling at best. I carry the P238 in condition 1 just like my 1911s.






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jimbeaux82
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Beretta 380 is too big for pocket carry. They are really great for ladies, or men for that matter, who cannot handle much recoil. The weight of the 84 plus large grip help aid in shooting the pistol. But contrary to what some will claim, a 380 with the proper ammo , such as Corbon DPX or Federal Hydrashok, is certainly no toy.

Another good option for pocket carry 9mm is a Kahr CM9. That is what I normally carry on a daily basis , pocket carry in holster, front right pocket. I find it very comfortable to carry and very capable for its size.






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Bought one a couple weeks ago for pocket carry. Nice little gun and has eaten anything I put in it so far. I HATE DAO guns, my wife has a bodyguard she carries in her purse. She likes it fine, but the trigger pull is a couple miles ling at best. I carry the P238 in condition 1 just like my 1911s.


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TigerOnThe Hill
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Bapple's post is spot on.

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ETA: Actually think I may end up going with a Sig P290 after further thought, it seems like a 9 that could still fit in a pocket.

Depending on the clothes and the gun, there are situations where a small 9mm can be pocket carried. I have a Kel-Tec PF9 that is frequently carried in the right front pocket during the spring/summer. It fits well in cargo/carpenters type pants/jeans and some dress pants. OTOH, if you HAVE to be able to pocket carry in all clothes, you'll need to go the route of a 380 pocket pistol. When the clothing dictates that, I pocket carry a Kel-Tec P3-AT; it fits in the right front pocket of everything except a few jeans.

Small 9mm's to look at for pocket carry (some may fit, some may not) in certain pants/shorts:
KT PF9
Sig 290/938
Kahr CM9/PM9/CW9
Ruger LC9
Taurus Slim
Diamondback 9
Beretta Nano
Kimber Solo
S&W Shield
Springfield XDs 9 (someday????)

My personal preference of action for pocket carry is a DAO.






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bapple
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Thanks for the kind words, Tiger!

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OTOH, if you HAVE to be able to pocket carry in all clothes, you'll need to go the route of a 380 pocket pistol.


I completely agree this.

A subcompact single-stack 9mm will fit in SOME pockets whereas a subcompact single-stack 380 will fit in virtually ALL pockets.

Check out my video on concealed carry methods. If you are a novice, it is loaded with good information.

Concealed Carry Methods






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jack6294
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From looking at it at the show it seems to be very similar to the 92. Does it shoot pretty similarly?



I have both the 92FS & Cheetah .380. The Cheetah is only slowly slightly smaller. Shoot exactly the same. Recoil the same. Smaller load, lighter gun

Not a conceal carry gun IMO ... weight

I have it in my office in a quick coded hand safe fully loaded cocked safety off






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