I'll start out with the positives. I went to my go-to holster companies and secured a Remora Hyde 4A SS holster for appendix carry. I've been a fan of Remora holsters for quite some time and the introduction of the Hermann Oak leather lining has really improved the product in my opinion. The holster has more body and feels more comfortable. It's not as stiff as the kydex reinforced top models so you still need to remove the holster from your waistband for reholstering, but the trade off is that it feels thinner than the original synthetic lined Remora holsters. I've only worn the holster for a few hours, but you can see in the picture below that the leather holster liner is starting to form to the gun very nicely. My plan is to use the 8 round magazine and the Remora Hyde IWB holster for appendix carry.
RKBA Holsters has made several holsters for me over the years. Stephen is really good to work with if you decide you want something a little different than what's listed on the RKBA website. I asked Stephen to make me a right hand Coyote Brown Kydex pocket holster and include a thumb push-off. I'm very pleased with the way the holster turned out. The FDE grip isn't a perfect match with the Coyote Brown Kydex, but I think it still looks pretty good. At one time, Stephen was making clear Kydex holsters. In retrospect, that might have looked even cooler than the brown. My plan is to carry the Nano with the 6 round magazine as a pocket gun in this holster..
On the range, I could tell something wasn't quite right with the pistol. I really didn't like the feel of the extra long and heavy trigger pull. This wasn't the trigger pull I was expecting based on feedback from other Nano owners. I put enough rounds through it to experience a couple failures to extract and called it a day. Normally I'd run through at least 200 rounds on a review day, but with ammo supply being what it is and the early problems popping up I thought it better to save the ammo for another day.
When I got home, I decided to check the trigger pull weight with my Lyman Digital trigger pull gauge and discovered the weight was running 8.5 to 10 lbs. Not good at all. Looking closely, I noticed the slide would creep back a fraction of an inch just before the striker released. That wasn't a good discovery either. Beretta customer service told me what to look for and how to diagnose my problem. The video below documents the range session and also the root cause of the trigger pull problem.
After the Nano Review Part 1 went up on the blog, I had folks ask me if I would demonstrate the process of removing the Nano Chassis from the Grip Frame. I really wasn't planning on demonstrating that, but I had to remove the chassis from the frame to visually confirm the root cause of my trigger problem. In the picture below, the red arrow is pointing to the the trigger bar spring. Normally, this spring lays flat against the grip frame. Not sure how mine got bent, but it did and is making my trigger pull overly heavy and far too long.
If you were one of the folks asking me to demonstrate the chassis removal procedure, your video is below. It's really pretty simple and much easier to do than it reads like in the manual. Parts that drop off the chassis are easily replaced so you don't need to worry about executing the procedure perfectly the first time around. Learn from my mistake and follow the instructions in the manual about removing and securing the the slide catch spring. I didn't do that step to save time and ended up spending 20 to 30 minutes crawling around on the floor looking for the spring. Ultimately, I found it and got the pistol back together.
I called back into Beretta Customer Service yesterday to explain my problems and also to confirm that my trigger bar spring was bent as they expected it would be. I also mentioned the FTEs I had on my first trip out. They want the pistol back for diagnosis and repair so I'll get it sent out this week and I'll pick up with the review when it gets back to me.
Overall this is a bummer but as I said in my video, they can't all be perfect. So far Beretta Customer Service has been very good about working with me on my problems. Hopefully, the Nano will be back quickly and I will be able to wrap up the review and make the video on installing the night sights. Stay tuned....there will be more Nano posts coming in the future.