Beretta Nano? thoughts?


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RustHunter87
May 21, 2013, 11:40 AM
I have been looking in to getting a small 9 for carry, and I have been doing a lot of searching, reading, watching and thinking.

I was originally looking for a PPS but cant find one than I moved on to the Khar Cm9 but I let that one pass, and now I think Ive settled on the Nano.

A lgs has the Beretta Nano in OD with an 8 round mag for the same price as a CW9 and to me the Nano seems like more gun for the money.

I did a search and read most of the old nano threads, but i wanted to start my own thread and see if i could get some different responses, so luts hear um.

What does the high road think of the Nano as a carry piece?

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F-111 John
May 21, 2013, 12:21 PM
I only test shot the Beretta Nano last summer during their "test drive" offer. It was OK, I was so-so accurate with it, and I was lukewarm.

The same range session I had a box of 9mm leftover, so I rented a Glock 26 from the range. I shot a 4" group with the G26 and instantly fell in love with it. The G26 is now my carry gun.

If you can find it, I'd also look at the M&P Shield.

dbp
May 21, 2013, 12:26 PM
Are you planning to carry owb,iwb or pocket? I own a Nano and pocket carry only. I am pleased with the way it shoots for what it is -- a small 9mm semi.

However, my Glock 26 is my preferred carry piece as it shoots much better all around. It is more accurate, better trigger and higher round capacity.

Consequently, I carry my Nano only when, due to clothing choice, I can't carry my Glock.

Beentown
May 21, 2013, 12:28 PM
I have the Nano and CM9. I prefer the CM for the job. The Nano is a fine firearm but the CM fits the role better for me. Both are accurate and reliable but the CM is slightly smaller.

My Dad now carries the Nano and loves it.

sota
May 21, 2013, 12:28 PM
I just picked up an HK P2000SK... so nice. any smaller I think it'd be hard to handle.

returningfire
May 21, 2013, 12:31 PM
I shot a friend of mine's this weekend. He was trying to sell so I was looking with that in mind. Long story short, I love Beretta and have three, a model 70, 88bb and a 92fs. I love all three of my Beretta, but the Nano was disappointing.
Accuracy is not just so so, it's pretty bad, we had to move the rear sight a little farther (than looked good, it was partly hanging off the slide) to the right to get anywhere near center target, and had to hold the front sight higher than the bottom of slide in the rear notch to shoot anywhere high enough. And it felt like a top heavy brick.

My honest opinion is that the Beretta name does not belong on this firearm.

Cycletroll
May 21, 2013, 12:31 PM
Really think you should review the Kahr CM9 again. It is a 1/4 lb lighter than the Nano (and weight is very important when pocket carrying) and smaller too. My CM9 has been totally reliable from day one and has fed everything I've put through it (i have heard some reports of the Nano being ammo sensitive).

I would not pocket carry anything heavier than the CM9.

dbp
May 21, 2013, 12:43 PM
Really think you should review the Kahr CM9 again. It is a 1/4 lb lighter than the Nano (and weight is very important when pocket carrying) and smaller too. My CM9 has been totally reliable from day one and has fed everything I've put through it (i have heard some reports of the Nano being ammo sensitive).

I would not pocket carry anything heavier than the CM9.
I agree that the Nano is a little on the heavy side for pocket carry. I have decided to take a look at replacing the Nano with the Kahr when funds become available.

RustHunter87
May 21, 2013, 01:10 PM
Ive been looking at the smaller guns because they give me more carry options but it would be mostly IWB, pocket carry would be rare but I also routinely have a 22 once hammer hanggin from my pants so the extra 4 oz is not gonna pull my pants down.

The internet buzz on this gun seems to go both ways as it does with any thing, opinions vary and some folks get lemons, Thanks for all responses so far guys but im still on the fence.

WYO
May 21, 2013, 07:39 PM
The Nano is kinda clunky and topheavy. The boxy rear of the slide is not conducive to a smooth draw from a pocket. I cannot speak to the reliability issue becasue I decided it was not for me while I was still breaking it in. I much prefer the Sig P938 in the pocket application, but that gun has had its share of reviews that go both ways, especially on the early ones.

LightningMan
May 21, 2013, 10:05 PM
Never shot the Nano but did dry-fire one at my LGS and was not impressed as it seemed long and heavy compared to any of my 3 Kahrs that I have. Just my 2 cents, LM.

J.R.W.
May 21, 2013, 10:22 PM
I just traded into one. Sunday I fired the first 50 rounds through it. I was shooting MBC SmallBall over AA#5 as I can't locate any 9mm factory ammo at the moment for some odd reason. The first 12 rounds felt awkward between the grip and trigger pull so I set it back down. After shooting a few revolvers for a while, I went back to the Nano. The second "round" went much better with it. I didn't shoot for groups as I'm more concerned with practical accuracy. At 7 yards, the 8" steel plates were easy to hit regularly shooting fast enough to allow for sight alignment.

I'm waiting on some Federal HydraShok and Hornady Critical Duty to run through it. Overall, I like the little bugger. While the slide does seem awkwardly tall compared to the grip position, recoil is still manageable. I really wish Kahr would get their act together with the magazine followers as I really like my CW45, however I've experienced two cracked followers. The Beretta magazines seem to be much better quality. I realize I'm comparing apples and oranges and stoking the 9mm vs. 45ACP debate here, but it is the only basis for comparison I can offer.

WRGADog
May 21, 2013, 10:47 PM
I own a Nano, PM9, and Kimber Solo. I like the Nano very much, but it is a little larger and heavier than the other two. I pocket carry with a DeSantis Nemisis holster. All of these guns perform fine and I have ~500 rounds through each with no problems. You will not be disappointed with the Nano.

CDW4ME
May 22, 2013, 10:58 AM
My Nano write up: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=713864
Nothing has changed.

skyscratcher5150
May 22, 2013, 10:27 PM
I have had 2 Nano's (it was a phase) I thought they were good guns until I bought the Springfield XDS. I fell in love with that and sold the Nano's. XDS has less recoil than the Nano / more accurate and shoots the mighty .45! I like the .45 due to less chance of overpenetration and it packs a wallop even with FMJ.

C0untZer0
May 22, 2013, 11:37 PM
I ended up purchasing a Rohrbaugh R9

I thought the Nano was a little clunky and a little bit too big for pocket carry.

If I had to choose between the Nano and the Kahr CM9 - I'd take the Kahr.

WYO
May 23, 2013, 10:02 AM
I have had 2 Nano's (it was a phase) I thought they were good guns until I bought the Springfield XDS. I fell in love with that and sold the Nano's. XDS has less recoil than the Nano / more accurate and shoots the mighty .45! I like the .45 due to less chance of overpenetration and it packs a wallop even with FMJ.
I agree with this assessment. Neither is a true pocket gun, though.

cocojo
May 23, 2013, 06:33 PM
I like my Nano a lot. I had an early one and traded it for a Shield, which I do not like at all. Bought another nano. My preferred carry is a Walther PPK 380.

Cokeman
May 24, 2013, 12:43 AM
I like my Nano a lot. I had an early one and traded it for a Shield, which I do not like at all. Bought another nano. My preferred carry is a Walther PPK 380.

Reasons?

howie6769
May 24, 2013, 01:12 AM
I've had a .25 Beretta nano for yrs and its not a bad gun its easily concealed as pocket pistol and havent had to use it for anything other than shooting targets but i would imagine its barely enough to get the job done if needed to defend yourself but i think it will work mines holds 8+1 rds and rarely has a malfunction

cocojo
May 24, 2013, 08:41 AM
The reasons is the shield just doesn't feel right to me. It's bigger than the nano plus I do not like the safety and controls being a lefty. The nano and the walther are clean pistols no bell or whistles and no levers, great ankle guns. The shield shot ok but the nano shot better. I did have a failure to extract with the shield. My nano has been great along with the Walther. Now the Nano does sit higher in my hand and I do wish it had just a bit longer grip. The walther PPK is excellent. I bought a set of grips for the ppk which are outstanding.

Rawss
June 1, 2013, 05:18 AM
the beretta forum mods are losers.

bannockburn
June 1, 2013, 07:18 AM
I checked out a Nano and a PM9 at the same time. The Nano just felt top heavy and didn't balance well in my hand. The grip angle was also a little too upright for me and made it tough to quickly acquire the sights. The PM9 felt much more comfortable and ergonomic, like it was designed with my hand size in mind. It also seemed to be easier and faster at getting the sights on target. Bottom line: I went with the Kahr.

Billy Shears
June 1, 2013, 11:34 AM
I'd keep looking till I found the Walther PPS if I were you. Your local gun shops may not have one in stock, but most dealers will happily order one for you if you ask them. I don't think it can be beat among compact 9s. As I said in another thread:

In my opinion, this is the best overall concealed carry gun on the market today, hands down. Dimensionally, it's about the same size as a PPK, but instead of firing a .32 or .380 -- both marginal cartridges at best -- it fires a 9mm, and is capable of handling the +P loads in that caliber. Thanks to the low bore axis and good ergonomics, the recoil is not at all excessive, despite being a lightweight, compact pistol, and the pistol is thinner in cross section than any comparable gun. Some of the Kahr pistols are comparable in size, weight, and caliber, but Kahrs have a spotty reputation for reliability that Walther doesn't have. I have personal experience of this, having owned a TP-40 that couldn't be made to run reliably after two trips back to the factory (and the shop I bought that gun from has stopped carrying Kahrs because of the number of guns they've had to return to the factory for service). Finally, the gun has a versatility unmatched by any other compact gun, thanks to the three different magazines available with it. The 6 round mag fits flush with the short grip, which allows only a two-fingered grip on the gun, but maximizes concealability for when this is needed. The 8 round mag, which has an integral grip boot at the base, makes the grip nearly as long as a full size pistol, allowing not only increased ammo capacity, but maximum controllability, and is ideal for when heavier clothing or other circumstance permits carry in this mode. In between is a 7 round mag, also with a grip boot, that makes a perfect compromise between the two: the grip is short enough that the weapon will disappear under all but the lightest of clothing, but just long enough to afford a three-finger grip.
I've only just acquired mine, and only have a few hundred rounds through it so far, but it's run flawlessly so far, and I expect it to continue to do so. The interchangeable back straps are a nice option too, to allow you to fit the gun to your hand better.

HKGuns
June 1, 2013, 10:26 PM
I wanted to and really tried to like it but the controls and operation were just plain silly. I can't even remember what it was about it exactly that I didn't like, but there was something really weird about it that turned me off.

Capt. Ct.
June 1, 2013, 11:56 PM
I decided to trade in a couple revolvers for a flat 9mm. Kahr cm9 was my intended pistol. They said they didn't have any but wanted to push the more expensive pm9. It took the guy a full minute to get the slide back. He handed it to me and after looking it over I tried to pull the slide back and push down the slide release lever. No luck. I gave it back to him. Yes I know all about tight tolerances and lubrication but this is ridiculous. I had a P9 Covert before and had no such problems. Only problem I had with it was a KB :eek: That's a story for another time.
Now I look at the Shield. I like it a bunch but I want something that I can pocket carry on rare occasions. Can be done but is more of a belt or IWB pistol. PPS Is also in the running. Nice. Sig 938 would be perfect but the price $749 plus $60 a pop for mags is a bit much.
The Nano is priced right. Something about it that I liked. The trigger wasn't bad for a dao. I could hit with it about as well as my G-26. It is flat with no controls sticking out to get in the way. I bought it. Put 75 rounds of mixed ammo through it with no problems. Yes, I need a couple more range sessions to see how reliable it is going to be. I agree with all criticism about the top heavy feel long trigger and such but hey, I just like it. That's all. A PPS or one of the others is not far away.

flphotog
June 2, 2013, 09:29 AM
I actually found a PPS a couple weeks ago and love it. It will be my EDC once my Panther Concealment holster gets here tomorrow to replace an LC9. I also looked at the nano when I couldn't find the PPS but didn't like the trigger very much. Also I didn't like the take down or that the slide lock was not accessable externally. The bottom line is that I'm glad I waited.
Also now that the Walther, S&W split is complete, the general consensus is the the Walther availability sound be improving.

gym
June 28, 2013, 04:12 PM
The idea is to get to the closet if necessary, where the long guns are, "same room". On the street the nano would possiblly be enough, "again" depending on the incident, I would prefer a 45 as my main weapon all of the time.
The nano in my pocket and a 1911 or XDS in a iwb holster.

Phaedrus/69
June 29, 2013, 04:26 AM
I really love my Nano! It's been my primary CCW since March of this year. I like basically everything about it. With the 6 round mag (carried +1) I can easily conceal under just a T-shirt. I've got a little over 1,000 rounds thru it with no failures with any kind of ammo. IMO the trigger is really superb- it's a bit heavy but smooth with no stacking and a very clean break. With my Nano I easily outshoot my boss and his Sig 1911 (NOTE: I'm a lot better shot than he is!:D). One great feature is the ability to change the sights with just an Allen wrench. I added a pair of Trijicon night sights in about 3 minutes. The lack of any controls save a bang-switch makes it very simple to use and very slick to carry, nothing to catch or snag. Everything is nicely melted.

Most of the time I carry it with the extended 8 round mag (also run +1). I should note that I copiously tested the gun to verify reliability when carried +1 and it's been perfect. The longer mag makes the gun shoot nearly like a full sized pistol while sacrificing just a little bit of concealability.

I split my time between the Nano and an HK USPf9. In the hottest weather (like now) I mostly run with the Nano. When I can get away with a T-shirt & an unbuttoned overshirt I carry the USP. In either case I carry in a Garrett Industries Silent Thunder IWB. Most of the time I carry a spare mag the same place regardless of the gun (horizontal mag carrier worn at 11:00, just to the right of my left pants pocket). This way, no matter which gun I have there's some consistency in the way I carry.

Overall I have no complaints. The Nano always goes BANG! and is easy to shoot. I always have at least what's in the gun and one reload, so a minimum of 15 rounds of 147gr Federal HST.

If I knew I was going to be in a gunfight that day, I'd stay home! Or try to have a rifle or shotgun. Barring that I'd rather have the USP9 with 31 rounds of HST. But better the Nano on my belt than the USP9 or USP45 Tactical sitting at home.

The Lone Haranguer
June 30, 2013, 11:58 AM
I would opine, based on one I looked over at a gun show, that between the grip shape and the tall slide, it just didn't feel "right" in my hand. I realize this is not based on actually shooting it and is highly subjective. I really don't like its lack of an external slide stop.

M2 Carbine
June 30, 2013, 05:15 PM
Friday I stopped in the LGS for a Coffee and to shoot the breeze (it's a hangout for some local shooters).

First thing the manager said when I came through the door is, "Check this out." It was a Nano. I hadn't had any interest in the gun because I already had a couple shields, four LC9's, and a few more 9mm small guns.
But it took about two minutes to decide I'd try the Nano. $459.
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/Nano_zpseeb61727.jpg (http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Bell-helicopter-407/media/Nano_zpseeb61727.jpg.html)

I heard the Nano had some failures to extract/eject problems in the past but I thought I'd see what happens.

I will run a lot of ammo through the gun but so far I've only shot about 60-70 rounds. Three different reloads and WWB. All were 115grain FMJ bullets.

One reloaded lot is loaded pretty light. Four magazines functioned OK except one fired case was ejected but the slide did not come back far enough to pick up the next round. The rest of this light load functioned fine.

Everything else functioned fine.
I've got a bunch of other practice and defense loads to try yet.

The gun is about as simple as a semi auto pistol can be. No external (thumb) safety, grip safety, etc.
No external slide catch/release. The slide locks back on a empty magazine.
The take-down for cleaning take 10 seconds if you are slow.

The trigger pull is LONG, as it should be with this kind of gun. But it's not bad and can be gotten used to in about fifty rounds or so.


I also heard the gun is somewhat inaccurate.
From the first, I saw the gun is very accurate for what it is.
I'm still having trouble shooting because of bum shoulders but there's no doubt that at 7-10 yards the gun will easily empty the magazine into a cloverleaf hole if the shooter does his part.
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/Nanotarget2_zps4091fec0.jpg (http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Bell-helicopter-407/media/Nanotarget2_zps4091fec0.jpg.html)


So, so far I'm impressed with the gun
Let's hope it doesn't take a crap in the next thousand rounds.:)

gym
June 30, 2013, 06:02 PM
That's the color combo, I am getting. May add the NS or laser. Looks like it's accurate enough for a carry gun, or you are.

M2 Carbine
June 30, 2013, 08:56 PM
It just happens to be what the store got in but I kind of like it to.
I may be getting tired of black.

gym
July 1, 2013, 01:07 AM
It will be my first non black, or steel gun, handgun, in 43 yrs. I saw that Baretta has just come out with a new "Pico", 380/32, in Blue Purple Sand and White aside from Black. It's a marketting stratagy to serve the "seniors" with arthritic conditions as well as women. They make a 32 caliber barrel for the gun, which is 14 ozs, and uses the same mags for both cartrages. As you age,"according to their literature" the 380 may become too snappy, and then you just pop on the 32 cal barrell for less recoil. Their Ad says the "tip up barrel," only moves a few degrees, thus elimiting recoil and the possibility of FTF problems. We will see if this works, but apparantlly I read that the gun was too far into production when the 380's started to drop off in sales, so they released it anyway.
It looks like a smaller Nano, almost exact. May make a good backup gun with 6+1 and 7+1, in 380 or 32.
Also a lighht and a laser along with NS, will be available near the release date, so it's built into the frame, I like the light and Night sight aspects, "makes it a little unique".

Pilot
July 1, 2013, 10:15 AM
I am leaning towards a Shield, or P938 in a sub compact 9MM. The Nano seems OK to me though, I just don't like the long trigger pull.

M2 Carbine
July 1, 2013, 10:43 AM
I am leaning towards a Shield,
I have the Shield in 9mm and 40 S&W.
Excellent guns. (if you can find one)

A number of people, including woman have shoot the 9mm Shield and all like it.

I don't keep track of rounds but the 9mm has been shot a good bit, with a lot of different loads, with no problems at all.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/Gunbox_zpsc19d5dff.jpg (http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Bell-helicopter-407/media/Gunbox_zpsc19d5dff.jpg.html)

Phaedrus/69
July 1, 2013, 05:23 PM
I want to pick up a spare frame for my Nano. The FDE looks pretty sweet to me.:)

bob1285
July 7, 2013, 05:27 PM
I bought one in Dec of 2012. at 1st I really tried to love this gun. by Feb 2013 it had broken a rear sight.just from recoil ..sent it to factory 5 wks later never fixed it. at end of May 2013 gun FTE and would stovepipe rounds every other mag. Sent to Factory 4 weeks can back fixed...end of June Gun stovepipes every other round now. Not happy with this gun I gave up on it an d bought a Springfield XDs 45....Awesome gun!!!!! I don't think I will be buying any more Beretta products.:barf:

M2 Carbine
July 7, 2013, 08:33 PM
I'm still shooting the Nano.

This morning a (experienced shooter) lady friend came to my place to shoot the 9mm Shield and Nano.
She liked the Shield better than the Nano.
Another lady will be shooting tomorrow. I'm betting she will also like the Shield over the Nano.

The trigger pull is LONG, as it should be with this kind of gun. But it's not bad and can be gotten used to in about fifty rounds or so.


I've been shooting the Nano a fair amount now. I'm beginning to dislike the too long trigger pull.

I haven't shot the Shield since before buying the (2) Nanos.
After shooting the Nano this morning I shot the Shield. I about couldn't believe the difference.

I decided I'll have to do something about that trigger if I'm going to keep the Nanos.

Sam1911
July 15, 2013, 10:34 AM
I got to shoot a pal's Nano yesterday. It seems well-made and is quite small.

I fired 6 rounds and it failed to eject once, causing a stoppage at around round 3.

The trigger pull was fine, but the RESET was a total deal-breaker. Trying to fire it quickly in a stage/scenario it was quite frustrating to have to pogo the trigger all the way out to try and find the reset point.

I'm not sure who this gun is "aimed" at, exactly, but I wouldn't ever want to carry something with such a non-intuitive trigger that functions so differently from all my other handguns. It quite seriously turns the gun into a single-shot until you remember to come all the way off and find the reset point.

Ruger Redhawk
July 15, 2013, 03:25 PM
I've had a Beretta Nano for almost a year. It's only had a couple hundred rounds through it. I had a couple FTE at the very beginning. Since then it's fired flawlessly. I haven't carried it yet and don't know I ever will. I do like it but I shoot my other guns better.I have a CM9 Kahr and it's lighter and shoots pretty good. The Nano weighs more. Would I buy another Nano? Probably not. I'm not saying it's a bad gun, it's just not what I was hoping it to be.

Without the magazines the Nano is almost 6 ounces heavier then the CM9.

Schwing
July 15, 2013, 07:46 PM
I love almost anything Beretta so it really pains me to say this but I am not a fan of the Nano. As others have already stated, it doesn't have the same flawless functioning track record that you normally expect from them.

I looked at one when they first came out. I loved the look of it, the size and the weight but it just felt wrong in my hands. I have pretty small hands and it still felt too small to handle with any proficiency. I know this is common with pocket sized pistols but I have owned a few over the years and none of them were quite this bad.

I met in the middle and came home withe the 9mm PX4 storm sub compact. Believe it or not, it makes for a good pocket carry and is really easy to conceal in a holster as well. The weight..... well lets just say it is a little heavier than the nano.

F-111 John
July 15, 2013, 10:30 PM
I'm not sure who this gun is "aimed" at, exactly, but I wouldn't ever want to carry something with such a non-intuitive trigger that functions so differently from all my other handguns.
Operates just like my J-Frame or any other revolver in double action.

Sam1911
July 15, 2013, 10:32 PM
Eh, but not, somehow. Just a strange, indistinct, long trigger. I love revolvers and shoot them at speed quite frequently. They're better than this.

RustHunter87
July 15, 2013, 10:43 PM
Did not realize this thread was still alive!
I ended up finding a CM9, which was one of my original choices anyway.
So I picked up the Kahr a few weeks and haven't looked back, its smaller lighter and cost less than the Beretta, I love it.
I did some reading over at Kahr talk and followed the advice for new guns.
I got a second mag for it, and so far it has been 100%, no failures of any kind with just under 200 rounds threw it!

I would still like to shoot the Beretta, but not going to go out and buy one right now.

gym
July 17, 2013, 01:29 PM
I went with the Kahr PM9. No regrets

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