Gun Report

Beretta Cheetah Model 87 .22 LR

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This pistol had a great double-action pull that was very useful. The workmanship and finish were excellent, and any Beretta lover would be happy to own this Cheetah, we thought. However, when you can get essentially identical performance for a quarter the price, we'd go for the cheaper solution.

Beretta Cheetah Model 87 .22 LR

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The forward lever is the one that locks the slide back, and the rear one is the ambidextrous safety lever. The magazine drops easily, and you get two magazines with the Cheetah. The checkered wood grip panels had excellent workmanship and finish, just like the rest of this slick little pistol.
One of the reasons for the Beretta's B grade: If you can tolerate a polymer pistol, the Walther P22 is about the same size as the Cheetah, had at least as good accuracy, held more shots, and cost half as much.
It was the push of a button to get the Cheetah apart to this extent. Getting the spring and its guide back into place was not easy. Inner workmanship was excellent, too.
The rear sight needed to be drifted a touch to the right to center groups. Elevation was fine. The sight picture was excellent.
The good looks and fine workmanship of this pistol were seductive, and we almost fell for it. The slide and barrel were steel; the frame, aluminum. The control buttons were all steel. The general look reminded us of a streamlined version of the old Beretta Model 948, missing only the finger hook on the bottom of the mag.

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