I just love the Italian made Berettas. Especially the 380's. All steel and all class. I picked up this Model 86 at a gun show last week. Traded a Glock for it plus a little cash. The tip ups are hard to find. Great for those with arthritis or week hands as no racking is necessary. Anyone else like these? I have This one and the 85FS..same exact gun w/o the tip up. I have the 92FS 9mm too. Just really well made all steel/alloy guns.
I am curious to know if anyone here has first hand knowledge about, and/or an opinion of, the Beretta Model 86 Cheetah with tip-up barrel. This is a .380 semi-automatic. We have only ever seen this pistol on the web.
The main attraction that has our attention is the idea that it can be loaded and fired without operating the slide. By inserting a cartridge into the tipped-up chamber, closing it, and then pulling the hammer back, the effort normally needed to operate the slide is avoided altogether. Presumably, it then feeds from the filled magazine thereafter, and would have a relatively light trigger pull, at least compared to a revolver.
Finally got to go check out a new, (for my family), range today, and Mom brought her Berettas.
Now the 92, I know.
But the 86? Is that a slightly less common firearm?
Just for grins and giggles I did a TFL search, and couldn't find anything.