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Beretta 80 Series Cheetah Reviews

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Postby jakethegoat5 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:26 pm

I was looking at this series 80 to buy my girlfriend as a ccw and when i was looking the weapon over, the slide was just to short for her to slide back. it wasnt the easiest for me as well. great gun but just that alone made it impractical and was more than enough to not buy it.
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Postby r.long32 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:38 am

I know a lot of folks who love the 92 but for me the safety was a reach and the gun seemed to large for conceal and carry. So I bought a Cheetah. It seemed ideal with a 13+1 capacity and the frame mounted safety/decocker as well as open slide. Not only that but it was alloy and lighter and smaller than the polymer XDM9 3.4". But when I actually got to shoot it I was seriously dissapointed. I had powder blown into my face and even had a few hot shells ejected right at my safety glasses. I put 150 rounds through of 3 different types of ammo and decided I had enough of it. I was very upset considering the money I spent on it and who wants a weapon that can potentialy make you blind? It was acurate, I will give it that but utterly useless if you need to always wear eye protection when you carry it. Needless to say I bit the bullet (pun intended) and traded it in for a PK-380 with 2 extra mags. I may have lost a couple hundred bucks but I am very satisfied with the Walther. Sadly this has discouraged me from ever desiring another open slide such as a 92 wich I hear is many peoples favorite.
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Postby skyrat » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:39 pm

Can anyone tell me if the 85 grip has a smaller width compared to the 84? Since the max magazine allowed in CA is 10, it might be better to get the 85 and sacrifice 2 rds if the grip is smaller. Any comments?
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Postby Doriadiver » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:26 pm

Been eyeballing the 84FS for a while but have never had a chance to test drive it. Gun show coming to town tomorrow and I may "pull the trigger" on it anyway if I can get a decent price. I love my other Berettas and on their reputation alone, it seems like a good risk. What kind of prices are out there on the 84FS in Nickel. I'm hoping to pick it up for around $650. Realistic?? Sure would look nice next to it's bigger sister, the 92FS.

Oh and skyrat........The 85 is a single stack, holds eight and is 1/4" narrower in the grip. The 84 holds 13 in a double stack pattern and the grip is dam near the same as my 92FS.
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Postby r.long32 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:54 am

Doriadiver, I have seen them run for about $700-$750 new and unused. Really depends on what grips and if it's nickel but I don't think $650 is unrealistic at all, especially with the kind of deals one can find at a show. Still, it's often pricier than the full size 92.
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Postby Doriadiver » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:43 pm

Got it new, in nickel with the walnut grips for $649 before tax (6%) and $5 background check fee. I've already put 4 boxes of assorted ammo through it and love the gun.
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Postby temac » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:33 pm

Can anyone tell me what the trigger pull is? 4, 5, 6 ...
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Postby Doriadiver » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:52 am

Haven't measured, but my best guess would be around 5, 5.5 like most of my SA/DA Autos.
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Postby temac » Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:28 pm

Thanks Doriadiver

I've got a couple of PX$ Storm's but I am looking for a CCW that will have less bulk. The double stack on the Storm' s is just too much to conceal not to mention to heavy.

I'm looking at the Cheetah 85fs.
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Postby Doriadiver » Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:49 pm

I really love my 84 but it's pretty big and heavy for a CCW. Not to mention, if you could easily conceal a gun that size, you could certainly carry something with a lot more pop than a .380. It's actually very very close to the size of my Kimber Ultra Carry II and that's a .45 ACP. I bought it just because I love my 92FS and wanted it's baby brother. For CCW, I carry either the aforementioned Kimber or my PPK. My wife LOVES her Sig 238 for her CCW.
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