While out picking up a Valentine’s day present for my increasingly well-armed wife, this little bugger caught my eye. Okay, fine, it was already on hold for me and I went to get it as well as the present. Anyway…
The cute little thing above is a Beretta 84 BB Cheetah. It is a simple alloy framed, blow-back, double-stack 13 +1 round 380 ACP with a DA/SA system sans decocker, but with a 1911 style safety. The sights are dot over half-moon like an M9, the trigger is serrated and very nice. No Bruniton here, only bluing. Take-down is identical to a 92 series weapon with the lever on the opposite side. The bore is pristine. On the inside of the dustcover, there are very consistent machining marks in a spiral pattern. In the right light, they are almost mesmerizing.
As I waited for my background check to clear, I rooted through the box-o-used holsters and came across a Done Hume H721 Double Nine open-topped holster molded for a “31BDA.” It fits the little 80 series like a glove, which is good because I really like the Double Nine holsters. The holster looks to have had a weapon inserted all of once with no other wear whatsoever. My guess is that the original owner ordered it for a squared trigger-guard FS style Cheetah and dumped it when it didn’t fit. Works for me, I got it cheap. I also grabbed a 13-round magazine for a Browning BDA from the used mag bin.
At the range the 84 proved to have a nice trigger-pull comparable to a Vz. 82, actually an identical size as well. The sights are tossing Blazer Brass a bit high for me, but it could just be me getting used to the half-moon sights that I have never used before, or the ammo. At any rate, the little bugger is very accurate and keeps a nice tight grouping. Recoil is decidedly sharp with very little muzzle rise, and a good loud report. When drawing from the little pancake holster, the safety will almost always un-safe itself when my thumb falls naturally to leather. If my draw-stroke is a little different, the safety stays on. Funky, but very intuitive, even for me. Speaking of the way it rides in a holster; it is comfortable and compact enough that you could almost forget you were carrying it.
Would I recommend this as a carry piece for someone? You bet. It may be the same size and capacity as a G23, but it feels great in the hand, feels more slender, and 14 rounds of 9×17 is nothing to sneeze at. I’ll stick with my G23, but I wouldn’t whine if the medium-framed Beretta was all I had.
Hey look, numbers:
- Loaded Weight (full mag plus one in chamber) -One pound, thirteen ounces. Reload – 8 oz. Holster – 3 oz.
- Compare to a Beretta 96 w/ 13-round magazine. Loaded – Two pounds, eight ounces. Reload – 11 oz.
- And some pocket pistols.
- Little bugger sure feels light, but it is surprising how heavy it actually is.