New Beretta Nano Models

Beretta NanoI got to talk with Beretta staff about the upcoming Nano models while at the 2012 SOFIC this week.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The Beretta Nano production is at maximum capacity.  Even so, all Nano pistols that will be made in 2012 are already spoken for.  In fact, if you were a distributor ordering from Beretta today, sometime in 2013 is the earliest you would see any of your Nano pistols.  These pistols are selling extremely well.
  • Colors are coming – The Beretta rep I spoke with told me that in 2013, the Nano will be offered in a variety of colors.  Although she was not able to give me specific details, I would expect to see a model with a satin stainless slide and other models with a variety of frame colors (pink, OD and tan would be my best guesses).

  • Accessory frames will be introduced in 2013.  The Nano uses an internal chasis which has the serial numbered part controlled by the ATF (not unlike the SIG P250).  This allows Beretta to design new frames, and the shooter can merely drop the chasis into the new frame.  Beretta advised we will see new frames with internal accessories, such as lasers, in 2013.  It is not known if Beretta will be teaming up with another company, such as Crimson Trace or Insight, to provide the laser.

It looks like the Beretta booth at the 2013 SHOT Show will be very interesting indeed.

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  1. Just bought a brand new Nano in September of this year (2013). Am very satisfied with the piece. Have read and heard (on YouTube) about some owners’ complaints, but have not experienced any to date. Mine came with an 8 round extended magazine in the original box, rather than the standard 6 round. Have already sent for the Trijicon night sights to replace the OEM white dot sights. Recoil is quite manageable for such a short, light 9mm Parabellum pistol. Disassembly and reassembly are a breeze.
    Mine is housed in a Galco TUC286 Inside Waistband holster. The extra magazine rides in a Blackhawk single stack mag holder with tension spring to hold magazine firmly in place. Am a happy camper thus far.

  2. Received and installed the Trijicon night sights for the BU9 from Beretta’s website. Quite a straightforward and simple operation, as long as you don’t ‘lose’ the center position on the dovetail cut for the rear sights. Easy enough to regain it at the range with the supplied Allen wrench. Have also found that Pachmayr Slip-on #4 grip glove fits quite nicely and does not impinge upon nor interfere with operation of the magazine release. This has a raised finger separation ridge on the front strap which helps me get consistent grip placement when drawing the piece from the holster. Have found myself going to different caliber and makes of guns for EDC from time to time. I keep coming back to the Nano because of its small size and lightness for the power of the cartridge it uses. My PPK/s weighs more, and is just a .380. It also carries less ammo than the Nano’s extended magazine. My larger caliber models all outweigh the Nano by a large margin, even if they carry the same load per magazine. As I wrote, I keep coming back to the Nano for daily carry.


  1. [...] As I told you back in May, the Beretta Nano is now sporting choices in frame colors.  Shown at the SHOT Show were four new colors for the Nano:  white, Ranger Green, Flat Dark Earth and Rosa (pink).  The standard black is, of course, still available. [...]

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