Concealed Carry

9mm Beretta Nano Review

Picture shows the right side of the Beretta Nano pistol.

I am surprised to be the first author who writes for The Shooter’s Log to pen a range report for the 9mm Beretta BU9 Nano as it has been available a little over two years.

Perhaps it is because pocket 9s have saturated the market and we have been too busy reviewing others, but somehow I get to be the first to review it. Either way, I’m excited I get to go in without any influence from my cohorts.

Following the Ruger LCP and Kimber Solo, but preceding the Smith and Wesson Shield, the Beretta Nano is a sub-compact, striker-fired (Beretta’s first), locked-breech, recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol.

It holds six rounds of 9mm in its single-stack magazine, with one in the chamber. It is important to note: the Nano will fire with or without a magazine inserted.

This is a plus for a low capacity gun when doing a tactical reload. On the other hand, there is no magazine disconnect safety. Simply removing the magazine will not prevent an accidental discharge; give extra care to ensure the chamber is clear.

In fact, there are no external safeties at all on Beretta’s Nano BU9 pistol. Internally, the Nano has an automatic striker block and drop safety.

The lack of external safeties or slide stop lever makes the Beretta Nano an ideal carry gun—in theory. Beretta designed it this way.

The rounded edges and lack of protrusions guarantees a snag-free trouble-free draw. A small, unobtrusive magazine release button sits flush into the Nano’s frame and does not hinder drawing.

Rumor has it that Beretta’s original blueprints were to chamber this little guy in .40 S&W. However, Beretta delivered it in 9mm, supposedly due to the popularity of the 9mm cartridge; not a bad idea, Beretta.

The Nano is one of the smallest and lightest pistols in its class. At 5.63 inches overall, with a 3-inch barrel and weighing about 20 ounces unloaded, recoil would have been quite sharp if the Nano was chambered in .40.

The cool thing about the Nano is its interchangeable frame. You see, the Nano is built on a removable sub-chassis—the only part of the gun that is serialized.

What does this mean and why is it cool? You can also buy grip frames for it in FDE, OD green and pink. It also opens up the possibility of different grip sizes to fit different sized hands.

Speaking of looks… when you first see the Beretta Nano—especially on a computer screen, you may think, “I’ve seen this gun before.”

Maybe it’s the angular lines on the slide reminiscent of the Taurus TCP or the GLOCK-like “safety” trigger. One chap described it as, “Like a GLOCK had a one night stand with a Taurus.”

I digress. That’s neither here or there for me. Sure, I like a good-looking gun, but how it shoots trumps its looks.

I recently wrote about “try before you buy,” so I decided to take advantage of my local gun range’s rental fleet and give the Nano a try. Especially, since it has the potential—on paper—to be a great carry gun for women.

One thing about rental guns—they’ve already gone through their break-in period. So, hopefully, you get a truer sense of the gun’s reliability.

Since my range requires me to buy its ammo for its rental guns, I didn’t get a chance to try a variety. Nano owners report the gun may be a bit finicky with ammo—preferring heavier loads than the 115-grain FMJ.

When I arrived at the range, they handed me a box of Federal white box 115-grain full metal jacket ammunition. The range officer told me they had no other type of ammo available.

I view this as both good and bad. I got to test the gun with cheap range ammo, however did not get the opportunity to see how well the Nano shoots a self-defense round.

Once in the shooting bay, I noticed the Nano was bone-dry. This is fine and actually preferred for me, as I’m not a stickler for cleaning or lubing my guns.

I had the opportunity to see how the Nano performed in less than perfect conditions. I suggest following the manufacturer’s recommendation and oil your Beretta Nano accordingly.


The Nano has a stainless steel insert frame with a technopolymer grip. The backstrap has a hard plastic dot texture.

When I gripped the Nano, it immediately fell into the sweet spot—resting nicely and naturally high into the web of my right hand. I got a full two-finger grip around the mag well, with a not surprising pinkie dangle.

The trigger was perfectly reachable without issue. About halfway through my box of 50 rounds, the dot texture started feeling a little rough and aggressive. Finishing off the rest of the box wasn’t an issue though.

Beretta Nano with Talon Grips
The grip on the Beretta Nano can be slick, but these Talon grips help provide traction.


From 5 feet away, I hit the bullseye on my first shot. This is partly due to the Nano’s bright white 3-dot sights. Homing in on the middle of the target with the front sight dot is clear, quick and easy.

I liked the Nano’s sights. Night sights are also available if you wish to upgrade. After my beginner’s luck, the rest of my groups were slightly left of the bullseye.

However, I didn’t mind. The Nano annihilated the same spot during rapid fire.


The trigger pull on the Beretta measures from seven to eight pounds out of the box.

This is a rather long trigger pull compared to the other compact polymer guns I am used to shooting such as GLOCK, S&W M&P and Springfield XDs which averages a five and a half to six-pound pull.

If you have never shot a gun, imagine squeezing the trigger on a cleaning bottle. Think of how much force you need to pull your finger back to get the spray to release from the bottle.

Some of your bottles will be easier and quicker for the product to come out, while others require more force.

I expected something like the S&W .380 Bodyguard where it feels like …squeeeeezing… before the trigger breaks, but the Nano’s trigger broke much more quickly than I anticipated.

It felt more like a six-pound pull. The pull is clean and smooth. Was it the worse trigger ever? Absolutely not. For a double-action-only gun, I have no complaints.


Racking the slide on the Beretta Nano goes very smoothly. However, it feels slightly stiff. This could have been due to the lack of lube.


When it comes to recoil, the Beretta Nano really comes out on top. I had to keep reminding myself I was shooting a 9mm and not a .380.

The Nano is top-heavy, which means the slide weighs noticeably more than the grip. This helps tame the recoil and muzzle rise when you fire it.


With my beginner’s luck bullseye and more than sufficient groups, the Beretta Nano shoots solid. I did experience a few questionable hits and one flier that I chalk up to faulty ammo.

As to how the Nano ran during my range session, I had two malfunctions, both being a double feed. This is probably due to the finicky nature of the Beretta and the 115-grain full metal jacket loads I was shooting.

Desantis Pocket-Tuk for Beretta Nano
The Desantis Pocket-Tuk is a great pocket-carry holster for the Beretta Nano.

Beretta Nano Overall

The Beretta is certainly a contender as a viable concealed carry gun. I like the snag-free design, no external safety and less than minimal recoil.

It’s small and easy to conceal without sacrificing shootability. It’s easy to work and maintain. Six rounds of 9mm is plenty, given how easily the Nano shoots.

If you feel more confident with more, buy the extended magazine giving you two more rounds and more to grip.

The downside to this review is I didn’t get to test Beretta’s BU9 Nano with additional ammo and for that, I apologize.

Before I left for the range, I wrote down four important questions to answer while I was testing the Nano.

  • Can I practice comfortably with the Nano?
    Yes, I can. The lack of recoil surprised me making the Nano a pleasure to shoot.
  • How is the grip?
    Naturally high and secure.
  • What about the trigger?
    Feels shorter than measured.
  • Can I hit good enough groups?
    Sure can. I’m satisfied.

Is the Bu9 Nano a gun I should consider for concealed carry? My answer is “yes.”

Specifications and Features:

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall length: 5.63”
  • Overall height: 4.17”
  • Overall width: .90”
  • Barrel length: 3.07”
  • Sight radius: 4.92”
  • Sights: 3-dot low profile
  • Frame: Chassis stainless steel insert
  • Grip Frame: Technopolymer
  • Slide Material: 4140
  • Slide Finish: Pronox
  • Magazine: One 6 round capacity
  • Weight unloaded: 19.97 Oz.
  • Weight without mag: 18.27 Oz.
  • Made in The U.S.A.

Do any of you own a Beretta Nano? I would love to hear your experiences with different ammo. Tell me about it in the comment section.


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Comments (59)

  1. 2023- Thank You for answering my question about if this pistol is DROP SAFE. I received no owners manual with the ‘gifted’ pistol, and I always worry about carrying a chambered round. I find the slide a little hard to rack (ladies be advised). I am a competition shooter, and was pleasantly surprised at how tightly this pistol groups. I agree with you that it shoots a little to the left (and high), about an inch at 30 feet. Once I found the center, it put 46 rounds in a hole about one and a half inches. Never had a malfunction, very confident in this pistol.

  2. See that this is a older review. I will give my opinion now in 2021. I own many micro 9mm’s to include the newer Sig 365. Yet, the Nano is my favorite shooter. I really like the solid feel. This gun truly is built like a tank. And man is this gun so mild to shoot. I now own two, one for range and one for carry. Also bought my son one. My range Nano now has over 15,000 rds and runs fantastic. Love the snag free design, the small size and again, the extremely mild shooting. The trigger is gritty at first, due to the coating Beretta uses, however he quickly wears in. Mine now are about 6 1/2 lbs of pull and a very Smooth, Deliberate, controlled trigger. Much like the Kahr. This is a lifetime gun for sure. Very few parts like a Glock. Simple to operate and shoot. All three of the guns I have bought have been totally dependable. Handles Plus P better than many Micro’s hand low power range ammo. Bravo to Beretta! A really under appreciated gun. PS. I love the 8 rd. magazine. Fits perfect in my hand.

  3. Bought mine years ago when first arrived at local shop/range – my first autoloader. Have fired consistently since with never a failure in any way. I generally shoot at 10-20 yards, practicing for probable situations living in the ‘burbs and hit reliably in about 3-4″ group from the 3″ barrel. This is EDC usually in jeans pocket, often in belly band or shoulder rig depending on attire-never a snag drawing. Have shot a number of ammo brands, but range use is primarily Fiocchi 124 gr. At the time of purchase I was warned that 115 gr sometimes gives problems and also told that a .40 cal was under consideration. The thing that really put me over into the buy was the metal frame, I just am not comfortable with plastic for anything 9mm or larger. I do clean and lube after every use. Each range trip also includes .357, .45LC pocket guns and the Beretta is easier and kinder. I hold the same group with all, so its. not any lack on th4 Nano’s part. One other thing, I’m left-handed so the ability to switch the mag button counts.

  4. This is a update. I have now put over 10,000 rds through my Nano and it has been running like a sewing machine. Ended up purchasing two more and both run great with any size ammo. Just a wonderful, well built gun. I mean it is solid, robust in build. Makes you feel like you are shooting 380 ammo. Love the modular design, so easy to take down, change out grips and clean all parts or replace if necessary.Bravo to Beretta!

  5. July, 2019

    I bought my Nano in 2016 after moving tl FL and getting my CCL. I spent a great deal of time reading all the reviews about this pistol. I liked the idea that it had nothing to catch your clothing when drawing it, no safety or slide realease to get in the way. A good trigger safety was all that was needed. Can keep the Nano in my pocket or an IWB holster. I read all the complaints and problems shooting 115 gr ammo so I stayed away from it and just used 124 gr or 147 gr ammo. Everything worked perfectly. I might have had 2 FTE in maybe 1,000+ rds. I tried some 115 gr ammo after the pistol was broken in and had no problems. Whatever was wrong with the early pistols was fixed by Beretta. I have no complaints about this pistol except for the high weight of the long trigger pull, especially during slow fire target shooting. Not sure if there is any safe way to reduce the trigger pull weight? Haven’t replaced the guide rod yet but it’s on my list of things to do. This is my overall carry gun to use with a light tee shirt or button down shirt in the warm FL weather. I recommend the Nano to anyone looking for a small concealable 9mm pistol that won’t break your budget and is just as good if not better than some of the brands out there.

  6. Spent 6 months looking to replace my LC9s, Shot just about every thing out there. Man, when I found the Nano, it was a solid home run. Crazy mild shooting firearm. Muzzle flip is about as low as you can find. Shot every type of ammo out there, all the different weights, and plus P. Easy take down, modular design, fast to target. Loves high pressure ammo and Plus P. Sleek design and built like a tank.

  7. I fully agree regarding cleaning/lubing. With this gun I think lots of gun oil is the key to shooting it with no problems.

    I personally do have a hard time with accuracy with this gun. I wonder whether trigger fatigue is part of it. I score more hits early on in a target session, and my accuracy drops off pretty quickly after the first couple clips. I’m trying to figure out why.

  8. I purchased my nano shortly after the initial release many years ago. Apart from shooting maybe 50 rounds of 147 hst +p to verify function and recoil, all of the ammo I have put through my nano (well over 1000 rounds by now) has exclusively been 115gr fmj.

    How many malfunctions have I had with my nano since I bought it?


    I can’t verify the maintenance and cleanliness everyone’s nano on the forum here, but what I can say after many years of recreational shooting at dozens of ranges in many different states is that the typical gun owner I’ve seen brings his firearm to the range dirty and with little to no lubrication in it. It almost always results in many failures in exrtraction, feeding, cycling, etc and said individual blaming the firearm and talking about their next purchase.

    My theory is that my nano is reliable because I don’t have this aversion to cleaning and maintaining my firearms that most gun owners seem to suffer from. I clean my nano before and after each shoot and use lots of quality gun oil on all metal on metal contact points… too much most would say. But my nano has never malfunctioned or had any kind of stoppages using the very same ammo that everyone says wont work in the gun.

    I trust my nano with my life becuase I clean it and maintain it. I also practice with it and all my other carry guns ALOT. Dry fire practice with snap caps, as well as reading a book or two on pistol marksmanship will do wonders for your shot groups. If you think the gun is hard to shoot and that its trigger is terrible its because you haven’t practiced with it enough.

  9. I have shot through well over 2,000 rounds, probably closer to 3,000 rounds and can happily say that I had only one (1) FTE. It was while using and testing out lower grain ammo and using my 8 round magazine. The spring in that magazine seemed to always give me trouble locking in, but only produce the one issue I just mentioned. I have change nothing with the firing or recoil mechanisms of the firearm and it is stock other than the Lasermax laser and the Pearce triangular pinky grip extension I’ve added to the six round magazine. This is an excellent conceal carry firearm and way ahead of it’s time in design and functionality. Other manufacturers are now getting around to emulating the features of the BU9 Nano that was introduced nearly five years ago.

    1. @Vince…..are you still using the original polymer guide rod? If so, make sure that you inspect it real closely each time you clean your Nano. I’ve talked with a number of Nano owners who upon close inspection found hairline cracks right in the middle of the rod after putting a good amount of rounds through them. I replaced mine very soon after getting the pistol with a stainless steel one, so can’t personally attest to the problem. Being that my Nano is my primary EDC, just didn’t want to take the chance of a failure at an inopportune time.

  10. My first 500 rounds I had 3 FTE’s using Federal 115 grain fmj round nose. I am going to order that stainless steel rod and report back. Thanks to the posts about this fix!

    1. Hope it works out as well for you as it did for me Bill. I actually had about 10 FTE’s in my first 250 rounds prior to getting my Stainless Steel rod. After that… I think you’ll be pleased with your decision.

    2. UPDATE: Oct 5, 2016

      The new steel spring worked great for 200 rounds.
      At the range today I had to stop after 75 rounds due to at least 6 FTE’s.
      Ammo used was Federal 115 Grain FMJ RN, Federal 150 grain HST JHP and Hornady 115 Grain FTX.
      I called Beretta and they said to ship back for them to work on, which I am doing(under warranty)
      I like the gun, I like the way it shoots and it is great as a CC gun.
      I hope they can fix it.
      I will report back once I hear from Beretta.

    3. @Bill….yeah….that’s very odd. I’ve put at least 800 rounds, maybe more through my Nano since changing my guide rod and spring without a single FTE. Do you know what year your Nano was manufactured? I read on a Blog awhile back that the first two manufacturer years, those Nano’s had an issue with the extractors, and that Beretta changed them after that second year. Mine was manufactured in 2013, which I believe is the third year they were made…..I think….not a 100% on that. If yours was made prior to ’13, then it may just be a matter of Beretta changing the extractor. I no longer shoot 115 grain in mine at all. I stick with 124 & 135 mostly. I hope Beretta can fix the issues with your gun…I love mine and wouldn’t give it up for anything else for my EDC. I recently purchased the FDE color shell and switched it out a few weeks ago. With the black Laser unit and black Talon grips, it looks really sharp with the FDE shell.

    4. Try changing the ammo before changing parts. I changed to 115 grain Fiocci and have never had a problem since. It’s cheap and easy to find. I love the Baretta now. Great pocket pistol.

    5. It’s true that going with 124 grain and above ammo will take care of most FTE issues with the Nano, but the forty bucks to change out to a stainless steel guide rod is well worth it. Many people have reported having their stock polymer guide rods cracking after a thousand or so rounds, especially people who shoot +P ammo. Not only will the stainless steel guide rod allow you to shoot 115 grain ammo (the cheapest and most plentiful), but will ensure that you never have to worry about your guide rod cracking at a time when you least need that to happen. If you are using your Nano as your main EDC defensive weapon as I do, you definitely do not want that happening in the middle of a firefight. Changing the guide rod out for a stainless steel rod was a no brainer for me.

    6. Update on my FTE experiences with the Nano: I’d had next to no FTEs, maybe one or two in hundreds of rounds fired. Then I cleaned my gun, using a gun cleaning wipe that probably cuts oil/lube, and the next couple times I fired my gun I had multiple FTEs, enough to frustrate and concern me. What was the reason, you ask? The recoil spring/rod was too dry! I oiled it up considerably with gun oil and next time I put rounds through it, fifty with no FTEs.

      Keep that spring/rod WET! I’m convinced after this experience that a lack of smooth movement of the spring and rod due to insufficient lube is the cause of FTEs on this gun.

  11. Now you tell me! I loved my nano but once the malfunctions started and beretta beat around the bush, I quickly became disgusted and went to my local gun store. I got a decent price for it and used that to help buy something I could feel confident with if I had to defend myself or my family. I miss my nano for allot of reasons but my confidence was definately shaken.

  12. Here to report that out of about 400-500 rounds I’ve only had one fte. Not sure what’s going wrong for a lot of folks and sorry to see it, as I think this gun is solid as a rock.

    Trigger pull is a bit of a pain for me, as I wasn’t used to anything this stiff, and it has taken me a long time to get a semblance of accuracy, but practice makes perfect. Love the profile and look of my olive and black model.

    1. I agree….the Nano has been rock solid for me as well. Especially after I changed out the polymer guide rod for a stainless steel rod. I put another 200 rounds down range day before yesterday, which makes about a 1000 rounds since the rod change. Not a single FTE in that 1000. I had issues with the trigger at first too, but practice has taken care of that. I wouldn’t give up my Nano for any other sub-compact at this point.

    2. Good to hear! I also changed out the rod for a steel one. Do you know what pound-strength the rod you use is? I believe mine was either 6 or 8 lb. I wish the problems some people are facing with this gun had an easy answer, since I like the gun enough to recommend it wherever I go!

    3. @Andrew…. I got my stainless steel guide rod from Galloway Precision. They come in 14, 16, 18 & 20 lb. versions. I stuck with the 16 lb. spring, which is what the factory polymer spring is rated at. Galloway told me that sticking with the 16 Lb. is usually the best bet. They only recommend the 14 lb. for people with have strength issues such as people with Arthritis, and the 18/20 lb. for people who primarily shoot heavy grain (147) +P ammo. The problem with the factory rod is not the lb. rating, but the fact that the polymer rod flexes slightly in the middle when you install it in the slide and when the slide cycles during firing, that flex is what causes the FTE’s with lower grain bullets (115). Beretta knew that this was an issue from the beginning of the Nano line, but decided against changing to a steel guide rod. Guess the extra cost was more important to them than fixing a known issue. With the steel guide rod I’ve never had a problem even with 115 grain ammo. Some of the other issues that people have had I believe to be related to “limp wristing” the gun during firing. Also, I’ve read that the very early Nano’s when they first came out had some issues with the extractor, but Beretta apparently fixed that early on after the first model year. I purchased mine in January 2015, and other than the issue with the polymer guide rod, fixed with the Galloway stainless steel rod, it’s been a perfect and reliable EDC firearm. Mine came with a Lasermax sight pre-installed. It’s such a part of my everyday life now, I wouldn’t give it up for anything else. I have other Semi-Auto’s, but my Nano is my go to EDC.

  13. Stupid question…….why do you call it “double-action only”? Isnt “striker” a different thing?

  14. I got one a while ago and its been gorgeous, shoots great with what i have. Ive run a few various loads through it including some reloads i made, typicaly with 115gr fmj or more recemtly jhp. And if run maybe a dozen different brands of ammo as well. All work nicely. Havent had a vast many issues really. Every now and again ill get a failure to eject completly or feed. But maybe 1 in 500.
    As for all else you said, id agree. I also thew talon grips on mine and use the extended mag to get a little more grip as well and i suggest both. If your hands are larger, (i typically wear XL work gloves)
    But good carry, feels natural. Its not overly noticeable (ive forgotten ive had it on me once or twice) and draws beautifully. Reholsters easily too (mighy be partly my holster.
    Over all very happy with it. I typically shoot 300-500 rounds at the range. And only think i notice is i end up removing my ring on my little finger.

  15. The Nano was my first gun purchase and for a while it was OK because I got to learn more about the different types of ammo and what would work better with it. However the almost constant FTE issues finally frustrated me to the point where when I had an opportunity to purchase something new from a line that many friends recommended I jumped at it. I couldn’t learn or develop any technique when I was constantly un-jamming my Nano. Maybe I would have been better off if I had learned more about the grain and if I don’t sell the Nano then I will try that. But for now I need something solid and reliable out of the box to train on. Then I can learn about how to fix issues with different parts and ammo.

    1. @Lacey….did you see my comments below in this blog? I solved all my Nano issues by replacing the stock polymer guide rod with a stainless steel rod from a company called Galloway Precision. I haven’t had an FTE since and have fired hundreds of rounds of all types of ammo and ammo weights. Best $42 I’ve ever spent. Try it…you’ll no longer be disappointed in your Nano purchase.

    2. I stayed with the 16 Lb, which is what the factory guide rod is rated at and it works great. I was told that if you primarily shoot 147 grain 9mm ammo you should go with the 18 Lb, but that will make your slide harder to rack, as will the 20 Lb.

      From what I was told, most people stick with the 16 Lb.

  16. I was having trouble shooting anything less than 124 grain ammo. Took my nano apart and used 2000 wet/dry sandpaper and made every part smooth as glass even the barrel feed. Also used Fliz polisher. Works perfect now. I’m shooting 80 (yes 80) grain FMG reloads. I also switched to gun grease (Lucas) on the slide and trigger area. What a wonderful difference buffing the gun did.

  17. For you Nano owners out there, I have found the one thing you can do that will end any problems you may be having with FTE’s…..expecially with 115 grain rounds. Replace your stock polymer guide rod with a Stainless Steel guide rod. After some FTE’s and a few stovepipes, I have solved everything by replacing my stock guide rod with a SS rod (got mine from Galloway Precision). Since the replacement, 350+ rounds of different weights and types without a single problem. I use American Gunner 124 GR XTP HP +P for my carry ammo, and it shoots beautifully. Even 115 GR, RN remanufactured ammo works great now. If you want to carry a Nano for your PDW, and want to make sure that it is absolutely reliable, get rid of that stock polymer guide rod. You’ll be glad you did!

  18. Use high quality 124 grain self defense ammo and you won’t have any problems with a clean and broken in Nano. It is very dependable. I continue to use cheap 115 grain range ammo for practice. You get an unanticipated FTE every now and then, which is a perfect opportunity to practice your Tap-Rack-Bang drill or what ever you use to clear your weapon.

  19. The Nano and 115 grain just don’t mesh well. When I owned it, I had good success with American Eagle 124 gr ammo and the Winchester train and defend 147 gr. But after having so many misfeeds, I decided to sell it. I had about 350 thru it. I understand that some guns have break in periods but I would rather mine work out of the box. M&P Shield was my next purchase and I am happy with it – no issues with it

  20. Wife wanted a small 2nd carry pistol for running around town & work where the company says no, after 4 armed robberies. Range let her try several.
    Her major negative other than a couple of FTF was no safety said might as well get a Glock from LE dealer. She found a compromise with the SIG 320 ordered today. A little larger & heavier but the mag disconnect sold it. As there is no other real safety on these sub compacts,
    you need something until you can get to. A second defense even if it’s just a monkey’s fist for a headache.

  21. I have put 350 rounds of 115 grain ammo through my Nano, only 7 FTE with 6 in the first 100. I bought this gun on a whim, after shooting 6 rounds at my range I bought the nano about 6 months later. After I bought it I took it home then the next morning went to the range without cleaning, bad idea, took 100 rounds of Blazer Brass. With the first 100 6 FTE, I chalked that up to me not being smart, and failing to clean my gun before I shot it. Then about a week later I took it to the range again, after I had cleaned it, and put 250 rounds of Remington UMC 115 grain with only 1 FTE. I do have to agree with the author that it was pleasantly easy to shoot. I was also surprised how well my hands felt after putting 250 rounds through the gun in 2 hours.

  22. I have owned my Nano for 5 months and have a few hundred rounds through it. Beretta should include a recommendation to use 124 grain ammo or higher in the manual. My first 100 rounds had me worried-it was failure after failure. I was using the range’s 115 grain ammo.
    I then starting buying my own 124 and 147 grain ammo and there is a night and day difference. But I can’t say that there was ever perfection. I was more accurate with the 124 grain. I ran through a 50 box and had only one failure with American Eagle 124gr. Next, I tried the 50 box of Winchester train and defend (train) ammo which is 147gr and had zero failures but less accurate. So I ran another 50 box of Win T&D 147gr again on another trip to the range a few weeks later-had 1 failure-stovepipe!
    I ran through a three 20 boxes of Winchester 124 +P and had zero failures. The +P ammo will probably shorten the life of the gun but who can afford to practice with +P all the time….? $$$
    I think the Nano can be dependable if you find the right diet of ammo. It may not be a favored range option with average target loads but it I would trust my life with it if I am running some 147gr or 124gr +P ammo. If anyone else had good results with a particular ammo, please share your experience.

  23. RC, i understand exactly how you feel. A friend of mine sent his back for warranty work and beretta did the same exact repair they did for you. we went to the range the same day it came back. we both had almost the same amount of fte issues. ( roughly 10 per 100 rounds. not good) I didnt even bother to call beretta. i traded it the same day for a sig p320 and im happy. As i mentioned to beretta, the magazine release button is in a bad spot. I tried my best but it seems that when you fire the pistol, the recoil causes it to buck just enough in your hands that it hits the release and causes the malfunction. I noticed that after every malfunction, that the magazine was slightly out of the locked position and you can remove it without touching the release. that can be a very fatal malfunction if your life depended on it, and in my opinion is why this wonderful gun continues to malfunction even after warranty work. prove me wrong beretta, fix it and i will buy another one. im interested in hearing from the rest of you. look ot up on you tube folks. its real!

  24. I really wanted to love my Nano. It’s a piece of art. It shoots like a dream. It has excellent accuracy and less recoil than my Glock 19. It’s just the right size. I love shooting it. My gun is not an early production piece (it was purchased in late 2014). It suffers one FTE every 10 rounds or so. I sent it back to Beretta. They changed the extractor and polished the chamber. It still has one FTE every 10 rounds or so and I have put 1K rounds through the gun.

    Sorry, I can’t depend upon the Nano to protect my life or that of my family. Don’t buy one. Beretta, the FIAT of guns. I’m currently carrying my G26 and I’m looking at a Shield or a G43.

  25. I own a Nano with laser.. I have an iwb Kydex holster that I had made for it and find it an easy carry. If you have one with a laser you will need to get one made unless you want a soft holster. Then the Desantis is the least expensive way but the Kydex is much better. While it is not light – I prefer the 8 round extended mag, it is easily manageable. I guess I am lucky because I have shot hundreds of rounds with it and have only had 1 jam. With the laser or without it is deadly accurate at 20′.

    I have gotten used to the trigger pull which is a little heavy. The only thing I really don’t like about the gun is the take down process to clean it.

  26. I can’t believe no one else is having issues with the nano!.I am not alone folks! Go on you tube and see it for yourself. Way too many fte issues even after warranty work at beretta. Yes it’s very accurate, and all the good things said about it are true,but please don’t rely on this gun to get you out of a life threatening situation. I hope beretta stops making excuses and fixes this issue!

  27. It is with a heavy heart that I leave these comments about my beloved nano. It’s very easily concealed with an iwb hybrid holster and very comfortable to shoot and to wear. My issue is reliability. Way too many fte issues even with the higher grain quality ammo. I do not feel comfortable having to rely on it to defend myself or my family. My favorite gun store gave me a decent trade in for a sig p320.would have loved to keep it as a backup. I firmly believe the magazine release is part of the problem because it’s too close to the trigger and very soft., meaning after an fte, the casing is stuck in the chamber and the magazine is partially ejected,and is easily pulled out without having to touch the release button. Beretta execs,please take heed to this, I really would have loved to keep it, stop making excuses! So discouraged that I choose the sig over the px4! Shame on you beretta usa!

  28. I initially bought the Nano with my wife’s small hands in mind. Funny how her hands laid claim to my S&W 9 Shield instead. That’s OK … The Nano is a very concealable weapon no mater how one chooses to pack it, perhaps a bit more so that the Shield, not to down play the Shield any … I love it! Loved it and miss it!

    Though the Nano I’ve ran 200 rounds of 115gr Speer gold dot, 100 of 115gr Blazer FMJ Brass, 100 PMC 115 gr and 500 of 115gr TulAmmo with zero problems. I have yet to fire a defense round … I’m a little cheap for that but have a clip here loaded with Fed PD 135gr Hydra Shock … steel plates here we come! I figure it is something everyone needs to do. Range rounds don’t compare to defense rounds and we need to know how the little Nano is going to respond under stress … not to mention the shooter.

    My only complaint: Trigger pull … long before the break. Switching from my Gock 30 (which I carry in the winter when I can hide it well) to the Nano takes some getting used to when shooting them back to back at the range. It is something I do on every visit just to keep my muscle memory confused I guess. I’ve watched some Utube videos of a guy who shortened the pull but I’m not so sure I would want to mess with filing the firing mechanism the way he did. If it were a safe thing to do I figure there would be a kit out there for it.

    Other than that, I like the feel and once I remember how log the trigger pull is, it is a solid tight pattern shooter with very low recoil.

  29. I initially bought the Nano with my wife in mind but I also wanted a gun that I could comfortably hold in my large hands. The contenders were the Bodyguard, Shield, LCP, and LC9. I have big hands and I didn’t like the way these 4 felt in my hand at all. I could see myself getting shot while I try to keep any one of these 4 in my hand in an active self-defense situation. With the Nano, I got a firm grip drawing the pistol even with my large hands and at different angles. When it came to the wife test however, I noticed that my petite wife was having difficulty pulling the Nano’s slide back, so I pulled out my Glock 17 to compare the 2 on the fly (yes, apples and oranges but I needed my wife’s feedback). The Glock’s slide was about 30% easier to pull than the Nano’s. My wife lost interest in it because she obviously needed something that her tiny hands could manage in case of emergency. I thought I’d take the Nano to the range before selling it and getting something easier for my wife to shoot and I honestly didn’t expect much because I’m not a fan of compact pistols in general and I’ve never owned a compact before. I shot over a hundred rounds during the gun’s first range test using 115gr and 124 FMJs as well as 147gr hollow points. The gun worked flawlessly with surprising accuracy at 5, 10, and 25 yards considering that it was my first time shooting a sub-compact. In contrast, my Glock 17 which I still like a lot and enjoy shooting will have 1%-3% misfeed ratio regardless of the type of ammunition being used (nothing cheap). Bottom line, I really like the Nano, how it feels in my hand, and its reliability and accuracy. I therefore feel that I can more confidently trust my life with the Nano it than I’d do with the Glock. It’s also very easy to filed-strip and maintain. Switching the Nano’s magazine release (I’m left-handed) was a breeze compared to the same task with the Glock. This little one convinced me of its worth and value and I kept it.

  30. I just bought a Nano in FDE with the blued steel frame. I really like it. Shot about 50 of my .08 cent a round reloads (115 gr.cast bullets w/ Lee Liquid Alox,, Tite-wad powder (3.5 grains) Everything in a 1″ group at 25 feet. Then moved on to 100 PPU 115gr. FMJ rd.s – groups opened up a bit.(1.5-2″ ) ,but still reasonable defense accuracy. Finished off with 50 rounds of Federal 115 gr. HP +P+ and groups opened up even more to approx. 3″ groups. Surprisingly enough, recoil even with the full-house loads was very manageable. Perfect weight for a concealed carry, 9mm ultra sub-compact. Interestingly enough, the Nano is actually a tad smaller then the Glock 42 380 subcompact with a substantially beefier round (300-400 ft./lb.s energy compared to the average 380 acp (200-280 ft./lb.s energy out of a 3″ barrel) The trigger may indeed be in the 7-8 lb. range, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way. By comparison, I had my Sig P-250 along for the trip, and it’s trigger clocks around 8 lb.s but feels more like 11-12 with its long pull and reset. I’ve recently parted with my Taurus TCP 380 and the Nano stands head and shoulders over the Taurus with infinitely better sights, better accuracy and the aforementioned more robust 9mm chambering.

  31. Hello I like to say my Nano Bu9 has been flawless. Bought it in November 2013 it came with a 8 round mag and a 6 round mag that I can put 7 in it and load it win the slide is locked back and bought another 6 round mag to carry in my pocket 7 in it. I’ve put 500 115gr reloads through it and 100 federal hydra shock and 200 147 no problem. Now as far as the trigger it’s long and if you’re shooting 25 yards you feel your arms’ get tired holding on target waiting for the brake . I carry this gun every day in a Blackhawk size 0 witch is starting to small like a dirty sock time to replace. anyhow frame look’s great no were and I put a set of night sights on the gun that was $105 no gun Smith required. And they work great best money spent. one more thing that frame replacing thing. it not as simple as a SIG p250. You will say a dirty word or two win part’s start falling out. Have your manual handy.cuz I didn’t.

  32. I have had my Nano for a little over a year and I must of got a gem! I have so many rounds through it I can’t even keep count. Not a single malfunction. I put every kind of 9mm ammo you can think of I have put through it and it just runs through it like a champ. When I carry I use 124g +p hp I carry it every day in my iwb (uncle mikes) and I am a slim guy conceals excellent. I trust my life with it!!! If u are in the market give it a serious look hopefully yours will be as good as mine. We need more good guys with guns out there.

  33. I carry a nano daily. It is a very good CCW gun. My major complaint is the FTE malfunctions I have if I use the standard 9mm 115 grain ammo. I read reports about this before I bought the gun, it is really bad, you can have up to 2 FTE per mag. If I use 147 grain ammo no problems at all (also a $1.00 a pop). Beretta designed a good gun in my opinion, but should have went back to the drawing board and never put a pistol on the market that you cant blast away with any grain ammo your weapon is chambered for. It seems to me a new double recoil spring design could solve the problem…

  34. My wife expressed a desire to carry a concealed pistol. I did some research, and went to my LGS-local range and shot all of the likely carry pistols that they had available.

    I shot them, and of them all I would say the nano was not to my taste. I learned a great deal about what was available, and then took my wife to see what she liked now that I had some idea of what was available.

    She shot everything in the case, from a Glock 26 to an M&P shield. She shot about every compact 9mm they had in the case. I felt like I owed it to her to make sure that she had as many different choices as possible. She took three shots with the Nano and she was sold. She didn’t want anything else. She has about 1000 rounds through hers (Great price from the above linked LGS BTW. I think they have it for about $350 right now.) She has had not a single failure of any kind with it. We have been shooting Federal 100 bulk pack from Y’All-Mart and WWB from the same. We also have about 200 rounds of various carry ammo through it with the same result. Despite my personal preference for a different pistol there is no shadow of a doubt of this pistol’s quality and reliability. It should be considered, and is a heckuvalot of pistol for the money. Great reliable pistol with all the carry featured we wanted. Worth a look for sure!

  35. Good company, good idea, gun just didn’t make the grade. Misfires, no safety, no slide lock, ran couple hundred rounds through it and traded it away for half what I paid for it. Love my S&W.40 Shield. excellent piece and at $399, excellent price.

  36. Approximately 5% Type 3 malfunction rate with 115gr and 124gr ammo in first 300 rounds. Sent back to factory. Reduced malfunction rate after factory work, but still experienced some Type 3s with 124gr, 135gr, and 147gr through 500 rounds. Sold gun. Bought XDS and Shield as possible replacements, both seem to run great on 115gr, zero malfunctions in first 100 rounds through each – they don’t seem ammo fussy and don’t seem to need break-in. Did not measure trigger on Nano but feels heavier than XDS or Shield, some like that, some don’t. My Nano seemed to need more break-in than my patience can provide.

  37. Matt, any gun I had to put 250 rounds through before I trusted it… I wouldn’t ever trust with my life. I got rid of a Kel-Tec P3AT because of that. Manufacturer said to fire a least 100 round of round nose bullets through it.. it still mis-fed every 2-3 rounds. So I polished the feed ramp with a green scotch pad till it was like a mirror.. it still mis-fed. I traded it off for a LCP. It fired perfectly out of the box. That’s a good thing about the Glocks & Ruger LCP… they shoot without issues right out of the box. I’m soon gonna be buying a G42 as a pocket pistol for the reliability.

  38. I got a nano shortly after it was released. It replaced a PF9 that was finicky with ammo and I decided to let it go. I generally carry a GLOCK 19 but the nano is more for light summer carry. I had some issues with in the first 250 rounds but it has been reliable since, I chalk it up to breakin. I have put 115-147 grain ammo through it but primarily shoot 115 for training. Great little gun.

  39. I carry a Nano as my regular carry pistol in a kydex IWB holster. It is great as a carry piece, small and light in a good caliber. I have shot 115 grain PPU 115 grain FMJ and Remington 115 grain FMJ ammo with out any problems. I have tried Hornady 124 grain Critical Defense and “Zombie” Max rounds and they work great without a lot more felt recoil. I have Critical Defense rounds in the pistol whenever I carry it. I have a few other carry pistols ranging from a XD .45ACP compact to a Makarov, but rely on the Nano most of the time. I have had no problems with the pistol, it is easy to take down and clean and I find a little lube helps the operation and manipulation of the pistol. I trust my life to the Nano. It would make a great carry pistol for anyone wanting a small, light, accurate, reliable, powerful sidearm. I like mine a lot.

  40. I thought it looked more like the result of a Glock having had a one-night stand with a High-Point. Or the gun world’s version of the cell phone industries ‘brick phones’ of the early 90’s.

  41. Lots of folks really like this pistol. I haven’t shot one yet but when I handled one at the LGS I immediately noticed the distance from the grip to the slide. It looks to be more than I personally am used to. Beretta makes a fine firearm. I’m sure this NANO is no different in that respect. I like the rounded edges and fixed sights in particular.

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