Beretta U22 Neos

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Beretta U22 Neos
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Beretta U22 Neos basic model; black with 4.5" barrel.
Type Pistol
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro (styling)[1]
Beretta USA (engineering)[2]
Manufacturer Beretta USA Accokeek, Maryland
Produced 2002—
2003-2007 DLX models
Weight 4.5" bbl: 900 g (31.7 oz) unloaded
6.0": 1,025 g (36.2 oz) unloaded
7.5": 1,114 g (39.3 oz) unloaded [1]
Length 4.5" bbl: 224 millimetres (8.8 in)[3]
6.0" bbl: 262 mm (10.3 in)[4]
7.5" bbl: 300 mm (11.8 in)[5]
Barrel length 114 mm (4.5 in)
153 mm (6.0 in)
191 mm (7.5 in)
Width 370 mm (15 in)
Height 132 mm (5.2 in)

Cartridge .22 LR
Action Simple blowback single-action semi-automatic
Feed system 10-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights, Weaver rail mount
Firing the U22 Neos 6.0 Inox

The Beretta U22 Neos is a .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic, single-action pistol using a slide blow-back system, that has been manufactured in the United States since 2002 by Beretta USA.[2] The pistol will accept interchangeable 4.5", 6" or 7.5" barrels in blued or stainless steel finishes.[6] Each barrel incorporates a built-in Weaver-style rail to accommodate optics or accessories.[1] Beretta markets the Neos as a modern, reasonably priced pistol suitable for a beginner, yet is customizable to suit the experienced marksman.[7]

In addition to the USA and Canada,[8] the U22 Neos is listed for sale by Beretta distributors in Australia,[9] France[10][11] and some other European countries.[12][13][14][15]


The U22 Neos was launched in 2002 with a cover story in American Rifleman magazine.[16] A deluxe model, the U22 Neos DLX with both cosmetic and performance improvements was added in 2003. Beretta released the U22 Neos Carbine Kit (to convert the pistol into a long gun) in 2004.[17] The last year of production for the DLX model was 2007.[5]

In September, 2010 Beretta instituted a recall of some U22 Neos models because of the remote possibility that the pistol could fire with the safety on. California certification for sale for all Neos models expired in March, 2011, therefore gun dealers may no longer sell them in California.[18] Beretta USA announced in July, 2014 that firearms production in Accokeek, MD (where the Neos is manufactured) would be moved to Gallatin, Tennessee.[19]


The U22 Neos is a semi-automatic firearm using simple blowback operation. The pistol does not have a full-length slide (i.e., the barrel is uncovered) and it functions by cycling the rear portion of the action. The breech is held closed by a recoil spring. The breech does not lock upon closing, but is held closed by a recoil spring. When the last cartridge case is ejected the slide is held open by a slide stop.[1] This configuration is similar to the Colt Woodsman and its successors.[20]

The U22 Neos is designed for field stripping without tools into basic modules (barrel with sight rail, receiver, slide and firing pin) for cleaning. The Weaver-style rail incorporates a fully adjustable rear sight and a removable front sight. The grip and trigger guard assembly, made from fiberglass-reinforced "technopolymer," is attached to the receiver with a single bolt and can easily be removed and replaced with an accessory grip.[1] Unusual for a pistol (but unremarkable in a rifle) the magazine release is above the trigger guard and is operated by a right-handed shooter's trigger finger.[20] The magazine holds ten rounds, giving the Neos a total 10+1 capacity.[7]

The origin of the pistol's sleek shape and ergonomics was a collaboration between Beretta engineers and Giugiaro Design stylists.[21] Anticipated buyers for the U22 pistol were a new generation of Beretta enthusiasts, hence the moniker Neos (Greek for new).[7] Blued steel models are sold with a barrel either 4.5 or 6 inches long; the Inox models differ only in that the barrel and slide are made from stainless steel.[22]

Safety features[edit]

The U22 Neos has an ambidextrous manual safety lever mounted on the frame. There is no discrete loaded chamber indicator, but the slide can be opened slightly to check if there is a round in the chamber. The end of the firing pin is clearly visible at the rear of the receiver when cocked, indicating that the pistol is ready to fire (if the manual safety is off).[23] There is no magazine disconnect to prevent the pistol from firing if there is a round in the chamber when the magazine is removed, and for that reason the Neos accommodates single-shot operation with direct chamber loading.

Deluxe model[edit]

In 2003 new features were added to the U22 Neos product line, in the form of DLX models which can be identified by a special U22 NEOS logo is engraved on the slide. As with the standard models, the U22 Neos DLX was made with blue or stainless steel finish. DLX barrel length was 6 inches or 7.5 inches (no 4.5 inch DLX model). DLX triggers are adjustable for pre- and overtravel. Front and rear sights have user-replaceable blades in different colors. DLX models have rubber inlays in the pistol grip; these inlays are textured to improve the shooter's grip and are colored for a distinctive appearance.[1]

Following the discontinuation of DLX models in 2007, Beretta has occasionally produced standard Neos pistols with colored grip inlays as dealer exclusive models.[23][24][25]

Carbine conversion kit[edit]

Expanding on the modularity of the U22 Neos pistol, in 2004 Beretta introduced a U22 Neos Carbine Kit that transforms the pistol into a light rifle. The kit includes a skeletonized butt stock that takes the place of the grip on the pistol and a separate fore-end assembly that replaces the pistol barrel. A fiber-optic front sight is mounted on the barrel and the integral Weaver-style rail includes an aperture rear sight.[26] This Neos carbine configuration appears quite similar to the Buck Mark Sporter Rifle, but Browning Buck Mark pistols and rifles are purpose-built and major components cannot be interchanged.[6][17]


On 15 September 2010, Beretta announced a recall of the U22 Neos because some pistols may fire even if the safety is on, or when the safety is moved to the on position.[27] This recall only applies to some earlier Neos models, and Beretta has posted instructions on determining if a pistol needs service on their Neos support page.[28] Beretta's Accokeek factory performs this service at no cost to the customer. The firing pin and other components are replaced and tested.[29]


  1. ^ a b c d e f U22 Neos Instruction Manual (PDF). Accokeek, Maryland: Beretta U.S.A. Corp. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "U22 Neos". Beretta International. Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. Retrieved 20 March 2015. Designed and manufactured in America by Beretta USA Corp., the new U22 Neos semiautomatic pistol is a single action, 22LR caliber firearm. 
  3. ^ "Beretta U22 Neos 4.5". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Beretta U22 Neos 6.0". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Beretta U22 Neos 7.5 DLX". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Preston, Bryan (6 February 2013). "Handgun Review: The Beretta U22 Neos". PJ Media, LLC. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Beretta U22 Neos – Cutting-Edge Target Pistol from Beretta and Giorgetto Giugiaro". KeepShooting.COM. United Defense LLC. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Products Available in Canada" (PDF). Stoeger Canada. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Beretta U22 Neos (Pistols)". Beretta Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Gillet, Jean; Bottreau, Michel (September–October 2011). "Le Beretta U22 " Neos "". Action Armes & Tir (in French). Paris: Régi'Arm (341): 26–31. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nouveautés 2013". (in French). HUMBERT CTTS. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Beretta U22 Neos 4.5". (in Czech). Sport a Lov s.r.o. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Schietsport (U22 NEOS 4.5 Matte)". (in Dutch). MIKX B.V. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Pistolet sportowy Beretta U22 NEOS .22 LR". (in Polish). Kaliber Sp. zo.o. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "U22 Neos (made in US)". (in Italian). Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Mayer, Scott E. (June 2002). "Do U22?". American Rifleman. Fairfax, Virginia: National Rifle Association of America. 150 (6): 42. 
  17. ^ a b Songer, Joe (23 July 2012). "Beretta Neos U22 is a pistol and a carbine". The Birmingham News. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved 27 March 2015 – via 
  18. ^ "Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms De-Certified Handgun Models" (PDF). Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale. California Dept. of Justice. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Keefe, Mark (2 September 2014). "Anatomy of a Move: An In-Depth Look at Beretta's Decision to Leave Maryland for Tennessee". American Rifleman. National Rifle Association of America. Retrieved 22 March 2015. When company leaders asked themselves, 'Where can we grow?' The obvious answer was 'not in Maryland.' 
  20. ^ a b Solomon, Brett (24 May 2010). "Gun Review: Beretta U22 Neos Inox". The Truth About Guns. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Kelly, Paco (10 May 2003). "Beretta's New Space Handgun - The U22 NEOS". Retrieved 20 March 2015. Beretta has at last joined the likes of Ruger, Browning, and High Standard for a piece of the mid-priced .22 Rimfire handgun market. 
  22. ^ "U22 Neos Inox". Beretta - Firearms. Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Quinn, Jeff (17 June 2008). "Beretta’s New Pink U22 Neos .22 Long Rifle Auto Pistol". Retrieved 20 March 2015. The pistol is sleek, balances well, is very accurate, and points naturally. 
  24. ^ Quinn, Jeff (25 August 2014). "New Exclusive Kahr CW380 & Beretta U22 Neos Semi-Automatic Pistols from Davidson's". Retrieved 31 March 2015. … the Beretta has purple grip inserts, as well as a purple rail atop the barrel. 
  25. ^ "Beretta Neos Semiautomatic Rimfire Pistols". Cabela's. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "Beretta Adds Carbine Kit for U22 Neos and Expands Versatility of Product". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2015. Police Firearms Press Release 
  27. ^ NRA Staff (15 September 2010). "Beretta Issues Recall for .22-caliber NEOS Pistols". American Rifleman. National Rifle Association of America. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  28. ^ "NEOS Recall FAQ's". Beretta Customer Support. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  29. ^ "Recall Notice – Beretta Neos Pistols" (PDF). Customer Support. Beretta USA. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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