Gun Report

Beretta Italy 21A .22 LR

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This pocket pistol's hammer was the easiest of the test to cock, but it could also snag on clothing as the gun was presented. Unlike the Taurus PT-22, the 21A had a traditional double action trigger.

Beretta Italy 21A .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
Maximum Width
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single

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The Taurus PT-22 came with an 8-round magazine (left). The Beretta 21A’s 7-round magazine (middle) had a small floorplate. The Walther TPH‘s 6-round magazine (right) didn’t have a loading button.
Pop up the barrel, then swing it forward over center to a solid stop. Cock the hammer all the way, then grasp the slide firmly around the front portion with your thumb and index finger. Retract the slide about 1/8-inch and lift the front end above the frame’s barrel hinge and pull the slide forward until it clears the frame’s guide lugs. That’s it, you’re ready to clean the gun. Reassembly is essentially the reverse, but there are a couple of tricks. Elevate the front end of the slide and place the rear of it over the frame just in front of the guide lugs. Pull the slide rearward, engaging the guide lugs while simultaneously lowering the front end of the slide down to rest on top of the frame. Be sure the slide engages the recoil spring extensions. Move the slide forward to stop against the barrel hinge ears. This process was quick and easy.

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