Back in December 2012, I published my 2013 Wishlist. One of the items on the list was a Beretta Nano in 40 S&W. As I read all the stories coming out of SHOT 2013, the realization set in that there would be no 40 S&W Nano this year. Rather than wait a year, I decided to pick up a 9mm Nano and work with it this year in hopes of "upgrading" to the 40 S&W next year.
After several weeks of searching, I finally tracked down a Nano BU9 in flat dark earth. I usually don't choose a colored grip over a black grip, but I thought the Nano looked really good in this configuration. Tracking down a few spare 6 round magazines wasn't very difficult and I found the night sights in stock at the Beretta on-line store front. The 8 round magazines and +2 extension kits for upgrading the 6 round magazine to 8 rounds are very difficult to find right now. I'm really glad that the Nano shipped with one of the extended magazines.
I've had the Nano for a few weeks now, but have only had it out on the range once. Not sure what the weather is like in your area, but we've had way too many days like today in February and March. This is what I was seeing as I looked out the window this morning and drank my coffee. I don't mind shooting in the cold, rain, wind, and snow, but it's impossible to make good videos with such poor lighting conditions. We need some sun. Dear Spring, please hurry up and get here.
I did complete the unboxing video and put it up on the YouTube channel last week. My original plan was to do the entire review in one big blog post, but I think I'll stick the usual format and do the review in multiple parts.
I need to get more rounds through the pistol and see if can improve my performance with it and see how I shoot it at speed. I was really pleased to see the tight groupings the pistol is capable of as I plan to use the Nano for 9mm ballistics testing. Per the manual, "extended use of +P or +P+ ammunition may decrease component part service life expectancy". I don't think running 7 rounds of +P+ through the pistol every now and then for a ballistics test qualifies as extended use so the Nano should be up to the task.
Holsters for the Nano are inbound. I opted for a coyote brown kydex pocket rig from RKBA Holsters and a Remora Hyde Size 4A with sweat shield for IWB carry. Fully loaded the Nano weighs about 23 ounces with the 6 round magazine in place. That's a bit heavy for me as a pocket pistol, but I am going to give it a try and see if I can make it work. Alternately, the Nano is the perfect size for discreet IWB appendix carry.
If you have any specific questions about the Nano that you would like me to address in the range review, please let me know in a comment below. I'll do my best to answer your question when I get back out to the range.