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Do I want a Beretta Cheetah?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Lone_Gunman, Oct 25, 2006.

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  1. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Member

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    I was at a local shop and they have a NIB nickel plated Beretta Cheetah that for some reason I was strangely drawn to. I don't need another auto, let alone one in 380 that seems large for the caliber, and I am no big fan of DA/SA actions either.

    I am not sure I would carry it, and probably wouldn't use it for home defense.

    So basically, I don't need it, but for some reason I still want it. I like the way it looks.

    Are nickel Cheetahs still in production? I can't tell from Beretta's website.

    Do they have any kind of built in lock? I won't buy it if it has some kind of built in lock like a Smith and Wesson.

    Does it have a magazine disconnect safety?

    What are the highest capacity mags available for it?
     
  2. wally

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    Is it the model 85 or model 86 "Cheetah"?

    Bought one for my wife that was the model 86 I believe, it has 8 round single stack mag and the tip up barrel so she never has to rack the slide to load/unload. Its DA/SA but lacks a decocker, although it has an ambi thumb safety for cocked and locked. It was a real boon to getting my wife her CHL and she loves the gun. Broke my heart to pay $450 for a durn .380! It does have a magazine disconnect safety, but no locks.

    Being large for the caliber is why it has such low recoil, but being blowback, I think it stings the hand more than say a CZ75 9mm. My wife agreed once she shot both outdoors in open air, under a shade roof the much greater muzzle blast had her convinced the 9mm was a handful.

    --wally.
     
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  3. Alan Fud

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    The double-stack ones are worth it. 14 rounds of .380ACP beats five rounds of .38's or .357's out of a J-frame ESPECIALLY when faced with multiple attackers.
     
  4. Minator

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    Get it..............ChuckyB enjoyed his :cool:

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  5. The Lone Haranguer

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    Which model is it? I may have mentioned a couple of times;) that I have a Model 86, the 8-round tipup barrel version. It differs from the 84 and 85 in having a magazine safety and no decocker but can be carried "cocked and locked." I got it because, well, I just liked it. It is a collector/"fun" gun, beautifully made, accurate and fun to shoot. I don't use it for carry or home defense because it is an 8-round .380 the same size as a Glock 19, a 15-shot full-powered 9mm Luger.

    Regarding magazine capacity, the 84 has a 13-round, while the 85 and 86 have 8-rounders.

    If you like this gun and you have the money without neglecting other needs, buy it. Not everything we buy has to have a practical use. ;)
     
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  6. sicario103

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    I have a Beretta 84FS (.380). Though, it used to be my primary gun, now is a backup for my 92 but I still love it. And yes, it has a safety decocker and it's 13+1.
     
  7. weregunner

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    Don't need to answer this. Have a wife or girlfriend? Or both?:rolleyes: Give her the Cheetah. Besides, if you use one for defense you will need another to replace the one that is now evidence and gone to the Property Room in the Twilight Zone.:what: :D Don't you just love excuses and practical reasons to get another toy?:D :) Or do it it just because you can, but only if the budget allows it:banghead:
     
  8. HuntAndFish

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    Before you buy it, make sure you look at the sights. Those on my 84FS have a single white middle dot on the rear and a single white dot on the front. Its very difficult for me to acquire a proper sight picture with it. I'm going to have to get a different rear sight.
     
  9. XLMiguel

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    I had a model 85 Cheetah that was realy sweet (blued with walnut grips). Soft shooter (as blow-backs go), accurate, good trigger, good ergonomics, very well made, I'm sorry I sold it. The longer barrel makes the most of the .380, and the size/weight makes it an easy gun to shoot fast & well. Though big for a .380, it's not that big, makes a decent CCW.
     
  10. chaim

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    A few years ago a local shop had a few nickel Cheetahs with wood grips. They may be the most beautiful handgun on the market. I REALLY wanted that gun, but it was a lot of money and at the time I felt there were other niches in my "collection" that needed filled before I'd spend that much money on such a large .380. Now I can't find a local dealer that sells them and I haven't seen one in a few years. It is the gun that I most regret having never bought. BUY IT.
     
  11. Old Dog

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    Ah, so it's not just me. For years, I also have found the .380 Berettas to be quite aesthetically pleasing and somehow strangely alluring ... I concur with Chaim -- get it. Mine is blue; still seeking that elusive nickeled model. Even if you never carry it and rarely shoot it, there's a place in every pistol aficionado's collection for these extremely well made, reliable and attractive pieces ...
     
  12. usp9

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    Yes, Yes, Yes, go buy the Cheetah

    The Cheetah Model 85 is still in production. The high capacity model is the 84 and I think that one is out of production, but I'm not positive. These are some of the most asthetically pleasing handguns ever made. These are my two. The nickel one is a model 84f that has seen much use and the black one is a new 85fs that's only digested 350 rounds. Both operate flawlessly.
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    The only difference between them is the grip thickness. Otherwise they are exact twins. These are very well made firearms that you will pass on to your kids some day, and are bound to be Classics in the future.
     
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  13. Lone_Gunman

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    How is the recoil of the high capacity cheetah compared to that of a Glock 19 or similar sized 9mm?

    How is recoil compared to a small frame 38 special revolver?
     
  14. Protein anchor

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    Hmmm.

    Can you just pop that into loose fitting jeans or a winter coat pocket? Thanks, :)
     
  15. Flopsy

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    Yes, you want the Cheetah. I wanted the Cheetah. The Cheetah is my primary carry.

    My 84F (not FS, not really sure the difference) will hold 13+1 or 10+1 depending on the mag. I got mine used, was born in 1995, and does not malfunction. The thing is accurate and completely reliable. It has a good intuitive decocking safety that clicks off like a 1911, and I have no problem carrying it chambered unlike my Glock.

    I hear people say that it's a little large for a .380, well, it's not THAT large, it conceals very well, and its recoil seems pretty light to me by virtue of the added bulk. Besides, its size is a tradeoff - I don't know of any other .380 that can hold 14 rounds. I don't pocket carry it as I think that might be awkward due to its grip angle, but it is slim enough for very comfortable IWB.

    Get it.
     
  16. Lone_Gunman

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    How do you think the recoil compares to that of say a Glock 19?
     
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    I got a nice 1993 production Beretta 84 with wood grips a few month ago and have been carrying it for the last couple months. It's a great little gun. It conceals well, recoil is mild. The quality is outstanding, accuracy is very good and it's beautiful to look at. I have no regrets about buying this one.
     
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    Model 84FS

    Bought the 84FS in November. 13+1 mag, pretty nickel finish.
    Shot well and accurate. Had to help the slide once on Wolfe ammo.
    No stove pipes, though. No recoil.
    Remington 88gr JHP reliable. Haven't tried the CorBon loads yet.
    Planning on making it one of my CC's.

    One of the best looking guns, I've even encountered.:cool:

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    I have an 85FS which is single stack, 8+1 capacity. Its a little slimmer than the double stack. Its a bit snappy in recoil, but not bad at all. I enjoy shooting and carrying the little Italian .380.
     
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    Well, if a handgun design can be called sexy, the Cheetah is it! I share your lusting for it any time I run across one. Last time I considered one, I opted for a SIG P230, which in my mind was more concealable and very good looking in its own way. But then maybe this is comparing practical Swiss hausfraus with sveldt Italian charmers. If it turns you on, buy it before you get to be my age (72).
     
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    I've got a Browning BDA currently which is the only .380 I prefer over the Beretta 84. No particular reason, as I've had both and traded both make guns over the last 15 years. The frame for the BDA was made by Beretta. Recoil on blow back operated gun can be surprising, but the 84 is much more controllable than a Walther IMO. I'd like to have the .22 Beretta, but they're kinda pricey.
     
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    I sold a Cheetah and regret it. I'll get another. But, the Sigs are sweet too! Mine is extremely accurate.

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    IMO, the Beretta Cheetah is my favorite .380 pistol. It fits my hand perfectly, is a great size (great compromise of comfort vs. concealability), and is extremely reliable. If I had to depend on a .380, it would be a Cheetah.

    The Sig P230/P232 comes in at second place IMO.

    I'd rank the CZ 83 in third place IMO.

    IMO, you cannot go wrong with any of the above .380s. I feel well armed with a Cheetah, although my preference is for a more powerful chambering. I use my Cheetah in a backup role.

    A Cheetah chambered in 9mm with a recoil locking system would be SWEET. While I also love the larger Beretta 92 series, the SIZE of the Cheetah and grip is just about perfect for my needs, IMO. Chamber a slightly beefier Cheetah in 9mm and I would be one happy feller.
     
  24. Alan Fud

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    I've been saying the same thing for a while. If other companies can make 9mm the size of a PPK, there should be no reason why Beretta can't make a 9mm in the size of a Cheetah.
     
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    Yes, you do want one, or it's clone, the Browning BDA .380, same gun with a closed slide. I had both and they were about as perfect as a gun could be. The only complaint I had was the size of them. They looked great, shot even better!

    I wish I had one of them back...
     
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