Gun Report

Beretta Elite

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We like this gun better than the FS.

Beretta Elite

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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 Taurus slide (left) is cut for a thumb safety mounted on the frame, while the Berettas carry their decocking levers on the slide. The front sight on the stainless guns tended to fade in bright light, but the Elite (center) offered bold, unmistakable definition. All three slides weigh within 1 ounce of each other, but the sculpting of the Beretta Elite was the best looking, we thought.
Material removed under the beavertail adds to pleasant feel and helps reduce perceived recoil. Also, the magazine bumper completes the profile of gun and offers added protection to the magazine.
The Elite's barrel is approximately 0.25 inch shorter than the FS's. The unique slide is aesthetically pleasing, but we could find no other benefit. Serrations fore and aft do add helpful gripping surfaces on the slide, however.

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