Beretta 84BB


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Dentite
December 9, 2012, 11:26 PM
I always thought these were beautiful pistols. Picked this up a while back. Pretty good condition, some slight pitting on the left side of the side. One grip panel was pretty beat up so I replaced them.

It'll pretty much be a range toy.


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M2 Carbine
December 9, 2012, 11:45 PM
I like the gun.
Actually now I have mine right beside the keyboard.
It's in almost new condition.

56hawk
December 9, 2012, 11:46 PM
Does it say BB on it? I have an early 84 and it doesn't have any letter associated with it. Also where did you get those grips? They sure make it look nice.

bannockburn
December 10, 2012, 06:55 AM
Looks great with those new grips. I used mine mainly for home defense and as a range gun. Try using some Flitz if you're having a problem with rust/pitting on the slide.

M2 Carbine
December 10, 2012, 08:07 AM
Also where did you get those grips? They sure make it look nice.
I got mine at CDNN.

http://www.cdnninvestments.com/be84fchwogrw.html

usp9
December 10, 2012, 09:00 AM
Love the way the grip screw slots line up with the checkering cuts.

Beautiful gun and in great condition compared to most we see.

Dentite
December 10, 2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks guys. The grips I found on ebay, but they were new in packaging original Beretta. I think I paid about the same as the CDNN price.

Does it say BB on it? I have an early 84 and it doesn't have any letter associated with it. Also where did you get those grips? They sure make it look nice.

Yes, it does say BB on it. If yours says only "84" it should be from 1975-81. Here's a nice chart that shows the years and features of each variation:

56hawk
December 10, 2012, 01:19 PM
Here's a nice chart that shows the years and features of each variation:

Thanks, everything matches on mine for being and original 84. Except for the aftermarket grips that is.

otasan56
December 10, 2012, 01:23 PM
I like the 84. It has more power than any one person can handle.

Fastcast
December 10, 2012, 02:31 PM
Beautiful piece Dentite!

I never feel under gunned carry the 84...14 rounds of Underwood Gold Dots pushing 1300fps, in a package the size of the Ruger LCR.

I feel much more confident it will get me out of a bad situation, than a snub nose .38 or new fangled, short barreled, compact/pocket 9mm.....The 84 has set a gold standard for reliability and has a proven track record.

I'll let everyone else spend their money on the next unproven, gimped out 9mm and keep the 84 in my carry rotation.

otasan56
December 10, 2012, 02:42 PM
Nice little gun, and it is about the size of a Glock 19 or 23. I'd take a Glock 23 with its 13 rounds of hard-hitting .40-caliber bullets.

The Lone Haranguer
December 10, 2012, 03:18 PM
I had its relative - the Model 86 - for a time. As a collector and "fun" gun, I loved it. The fit and finish is beautiful. :)

otasan56
December 10, 2012, 03:21 PM
that Beretta makes fine firearms. :D

jimbo555
December 10, 2012, 04:10 PM
That Beretta is very pleasing to the eye!:)

aarondhgraham
December 11, 2012, 09:55 AM
My 85BB is the single stack version,,,
Other than that it is identical to the 84BB.

People say these Cheetah's are too big for a .380,,,
I think it's some kind of an optical illusion,,,
They do look bigger than other .380's,,,
Until you compare them together.

I have a Bersa Thunder 380,,,
It is almost identical in size and shape to a Walther PPK,,,
When you compare it side by side to a Beretta 85BB there's not much difference.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176060&stc=1&d=1355237413

It is about 1/4" longer is all,,,
Mine is my dedicated briefcase pistol.

Expensive?,,,
Yes they are.

Better than the Bersa or Walther?,,,
Define the word "better".

Sexiest pistol out there?,,,
Yes! http://images.thehighroad.org/smilies/fce32f95.gif

Aarond

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Dentite
December 11, 2012, 10:42 AM
Expensive?,,,
Yes they are.


Aaron that's a nice comparison photo.

I have an LCP for when I want something really small and some full size 9mm's when I want something larger. 13+1 rounds of .380 in the 84 isn't a bad thing to have around.

As far as price goes, yes they are expensive new. I bought this one used from Cole's Distributing off GunBroker. After shipping and transfer it was $250. Came with only one mag, so with a second mag and the new grips it's just a little over $300.

aarondhgraham
December 11, 2012, 10:58 AM
You got an extremely good price for yours,,,
I paid $400.00 out the door for my 85BB with two mags.

I bought the Model 87 new,,,
I paid $695.00 plus tax for that gun. http://images.thehighroad.org/smilies/shocker.gif

But out of my 34 handguns,,,
The 4 most expensive of the lot were .22's.

Aarond

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JR47
December 11, 2012, 01:24 PM
The Ruger LCR is smaller than the 84, and considerably lighter.

Beretta 84 FS: 13 rounds of .380 ACP

Length: 6.8"

Width: 1.4"

Height: 4.8"

Weight (empty): 23.3 oz.

Ruger LCR: 5 rounds .38 Special +P

Length: 6.5"

Width: 1.28"

Height: 4.5"

Weight (empty): 13.5 oz.

The current crop of mini-.380's all lack the Model 85's capacity, but are truly miniscule in comparison.

The 84 harkens back to a Duty-Size .380 ACP, meant to be carried in a OWB holster.

That said, the little guns have been issued to LEOs over the decades. I have one that was the issue BUG for the Indiana State Police. I like them. :)

Fastcast
December 11, 2012, 02:33 PM
The Ruger LCR is smaller than the 84, and considerably lighter.

No doubt, I'll give you the considerably lighter. Otherwise the few tenths of inch you are pointing out is insignificant when the two are held in the hands together and compared. Visually they appear practically the same size. I own both and have fondled them together once or twice. :o

Typing numbers on a keyboard is not a real world comparison but it is splitting hairs, if that's your thing. IMO

I like the LCR much more than my LCP and the LCR's light weight does make it a joy to carry but I feel substantially better armed and prepared to defend myself from any number of imaginable situations with the 84....The decision to carry one over the other is only based on my destination, it's never based on the differences in their physical dimensions, because they're irrelevant.

Pilot
December 11, 2012, 02:45 PM
I have an 85FS, the newer (current mfg) single stack .380 with squared of trigger guard. I'd like to get an 85BB with the rounded trigger guard.

sgtstryker
December 12, 2012, 10:43 AM
I had an 84B for a few years and liked it alot. Wore it in a Bianchi thumbreak, nice package. It was one pistol I could shoot really well one-handed. I was lucky to get a bunch of Hansen, IMI, JHP ammo for it and it shot it well. I still look at 'em when I see one, may end up with one again someday, who knows? A good buddy still has this same pistol, but will not part with it.

Litlman
December 12, 2012, 10:35 PM
I got the 84 without a decocker double stack, 2 mags & a beretta gun rug, black plastic beretta grips for under $400 and an 87 for $400 original box 2 mags etc. Both are in as new condition. I agree that they are smaller than they look and great shooters.

mach1.3
December 13, 2012, 06:20 PM
Is the 86 the tip-up barrel model?

TennJed
December 13, 2012, 10:27 PM
I have a Beretta 84, A CZ 83, and a Makarov in 380. All are fine guns, but the Beretta is in a class by itself

labhound
December 13, 2012, 10:43 PM
^ +1 to what TennJed said. I have a Beretta 85FS and a CZ83, both excellent guns but yes, the Beretta is hands down the nicer gun!!

The Lone Haranguer
December 13, 2012, 10:47 PM
Is the 86 the tip-up barrel model?
It is.

JR47
December 14, 2012, 03:34 PM
No doubt, I'll give you the considerably lighter. Otherwise the few tenths of inch you are pointing out is insignificant when the two are held in the hands together and compared. Visually they appear practically the same size. I own both and have fondled them together once or twice.

Those few tenths of an inch can mean the difference between being a comfortable CCW, and a PIA.

I, as well, own both. It's funny how some people regard a quarter of an inch as "nothing", while others point it out. Does it matter? Of course it does, to whichever person you're talking to.

The Model 84BB is much heavier, especially when loaded, and just enough larger to require an IWB or OWB holster. I've tried to carry the Model 84BB in a pocket set-up, but it's a losing battle.

Nit picking or not, they aren't the same.

hemiram
December 16, 2012, 07:27 AM
I had one of the original 84's, and the Beretta made Browning BDA 380, both bought brand new (Yikes!), and both were about as perfect as a gun can be. The only problems either one had was due to bad ammo that cause the slide to hang up when trying to close. Recently, I bought an 84BB from Cole's and found a BDA locally, both of them were about $300 each. The 84BB is about 90% and the Browning is about 98%, with the exception of the grips missing the medallions. Not a shock as my old one had them come off a couple of times. I finally used some glue that permanently reattached them. Both of them are practically flawless. IMO, these are the best .380's, period.

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