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Beretta Cheetah lifespan?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by crashanater, Jun 12, 2012.

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  1. crashanater

    crashanater Member

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    what is the lifespan of a beretta cheetah model 85f? they seem to be well built, life time lasting pistol if fired in moderation, and a good carry .380, plus IMHO you can't beat how they feel in the hand. just curious as to the life span of my favorite pistol. thanks in advance!

    -Nick
     
  2. Shipwreck

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    Many semi autos "claim" a lifespan of 20k. Many Beretta 92s easily go up to 60k+. Some make it to over 100k, but typically, with an aluminum frame... One of the rails on the frame break around 60k - on a 92FS.

    I would say that with that Cheetah - you should easily get at least 50k out of it, if you change the recoil spring every 3-5k rounds (I'd say every 3k if you really shoot it a lot and want it to last)
     
  3. bannockburn

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    The Beretta Cheetah is one very well designed and constructed pistol. I doubt if you will ever have to worry about the actual lifespan of this particular semi-auto.
     
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    You'll probably have spent well over $10k on ammo by the time you wear it out. Don't worry about it
     
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    Zero in my case, wouldn't touch it:

    a) Beretta (23 years carrying the M9)
    b) .380
     
  6. crashanater

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    Thanks guys, guess i was a little over worried ha, btw anyone know were to get recoil springs for the 85?

    -thanks, Nick
     
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    Gun is way over built for the 380 round. It will out live you and I with proper maintenance.
     
  9. crashanater

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    Sweet thanks for all the help guys!

    -Nick
     
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    what is the risk of running a worn-out recoil spring? isn't the worse-case scenario simply a broken recoil spring?

    you seem to imply that running a worn-out recoil spring shortens the life of the gun, or wears it excessively. in a non-defensive pistol, is there any reason to fret about the recoil spring until it stops working for you?
     
  11. Pilot

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    On a blowback pistol like the M84/85 Cheetah, the recoil spring is all that is absorbing the energy of the recoil. Well, that and the frame. You run the risk of frame battering if you continue to use a worn our recoil spring.
     
  12. Peter M. Eick

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    I have fired 3776 rounds out of my 84F and it just chugs right along. I see no evidence of any problems so I would expect it would last the rest of my lifetime with reasonable care.
     
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