I actually hate plastic framed guns yet I purchased one of these anyway. This gun fills a sort of niche role, so even though it's a compromise, it suits me for what I wanted in a concealed carry weapon. I overlooked the plastic frame and odd looks to get a decent capacity .45 in a reasonable length barrel that shoots nice and isn't too heavy.
Here are some details from Beretta along with my thoughts...
Barrel length (mm) 105
Barrel length (in) 4.1
Caliber .45 ACP
Overall height (mm) 140
Overall height (in) 5.51
Overall length (mm) 195
Overall length (in) 7.68
Overall width (mm) 36
Overall width (in) 1.42
Sight radius (in) 5.87
Sight radius (mm) 149
Weight unloaded (g) 800
Weight unloaded (OZ) 28.2 Reliable, Pleasant to Shoot and Easy to Maintain
That is a description Beretta uses to describe this gun and I'd have to agree. No matter what ammo I've put through it I've yet to have a single issue arise. The darn thing shoots exactly where it's aimed, is a soft shooter, and follow ups are rapid.
This gun uses a rotating barrel which is supposed to help dissipate recoil. I suppose something is helping with this because it's actually a very nice shooting gun.
The trigger pull in double action is HEAVY but smooth and the single action is nearly perfect for my tastes. The feeling of the actual trigger istelf feels crappy on the fingertip, no worse than any other plastic trigger I suppose, but I much prefer metal for this part as it's an important tactile interface with the weapon.
The sights are 3 dot and even though not night sights they work well but are not great in low light.
Maintenance is a breeze with it's easy take down design. I doubt there's many guns that break down so quick and easily.
I prefer the thickest backstrap supplied and my hands are only average.
Something worth noting is that even though the back and front straps are checkered the frame on the sides (up high) are slick when used with sweaty hands. I found the gun rotating when I shoot it in the summer so I installed some black hockey tape wrapped around the lower section of the grip and it's good to go now...even if a bit ghettoish.
This is the one feature that I hate on this gun. Slide mounted up high with a very strong spring break - it's tough to engage/disengage. The safety latches (both sides) stick out and snag on everything including every holster that I've purchased. The latches make slide racking a sore proposition if done more than a couple of times quickly. These latches would wear you raw in a shooting pistol class. Since it's so hard to manipulate the latches I carry with the safety OFF, hammer down. This is easy to do as this safety doubles as a de-cocker.
There is an upgrade available to convert the de-cock/safety model (F) to a de-cock only model (G). This de-cock only model (G) safety latch can be ordered in a slimmer profile that doesn't stick out to snag on things like the standard model (F) & (G) latches do.
I may convert my gun one day... Holsters:
IMO a holster to use with this gun has to have some body protection because without it that damn safety will dig into you.
I tried a ton of holsters until I settled on a Bodyguard from D.M Bullard
. This holster, while somewhat odd for inserting and removing the gun (due to the angle) really tucks the gun up tight and makes it disappear. *Some of you guys carrying around full size guns might want to give this a try. Summary:
This is a great shooter and decent option for a concealed carry .45 ACP pistol. It's not perfect though, just a reasonable compromise for someone like myself who wants to carry .45 ACP *Note - All images are from product sources.