||This article reads like a review rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (June 2014)|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Weight||11.5 ounces (330 g) (unloaded)|
|Length||5.1 inches (130 mm)|
|Barrel length||2.7 inches (69 mm)|
|Action||Double Action Only|
|Feed system||6-round + 1 box magazine|
The Beretta Pico is a small, semi-automatic pistol intended for concealed carry. Its light weight and small size are ideal for concealment. The Pico was designed for the civilian commercial firearms market, not for military use.
The Beretta Pico shoots a .380 ACP cartridge, which is smaller than a 9×19mm Parabellum and keeps the weight and size of the gun to a minimum. The .380 ACP has been regarded as "[does] not provide suitable penetration for combat" but, "is considered suitable for self-defense situations; as a result, it has been a viable choice for concealed carry pistols." This cartridge does not produce much recoil and stays highly controllable in the Pico.
The Beretta Pico measures 5.1 inches in length, 4 inches in height, and 0.725 inches wide; barrel length is 2.7 inches and the pistol weighs 11.5 ounces unloaded. The Pico is a Double Action Only (DAO) pistol. Its frame is made of polymer which minimizes weight and provides a comfortable grip. The slide is made mostly from stainless steel. The Pico is also designed to be "snag-free" ensuring smooth and fast extraction from a holster. The Pico's magazine holds 6 rounds; one additional round can be held in the chamber.
The Beretta Pico has some ambidextrous features, such as the magazine release. The pistol was designed to be simple to disassemble, requiring only a turn of one screw. The iron sights on the Pico are also easy to remove and change, with just a 1.5 mm hex key needed. The DAO trigger on the Pico ensures that the gun will not fire if dropped, an added safety measure.
The polymer frame is available in several different colors. Many holsters have also been developed for the Beretta Pico.
The Pico's primary use is as a self-defense weapon. It is a compact pistol designed to be concealed and remain unobtrusive in everyday activities.