Utilizing an optics-ready slide and a slim Vertec-style frame with an accessory rail, the 13+1 capacity Beretta Cheetah is back on the prowl. 

Probably one of the most underrated of .380 ACPs, the old-school Beretta 84/85 Cheetah, with its subcompact alloy frame and its 13+1 capacity, was a rock-solid classic back in the 1990s and early 2000s. 
 

Beretta 84 Cheetah
Gone from Beretta's catalog since 2017, the .380 ACP Cheetah and its .32 ACP Model 81/82 brothers were great shooting guns that have won an almost underground cult following, myself included. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


The new Cheetah 80X, as its name would imply, borrows the Vertec grip, X-treme S Double/Single trigger, and skeletonized hammer as seen on the 92X line, but shrinks everything down a bit. Using a direct blowback action, it runs a 3.9-inch barrel giving it an overall length of a very handy 4.9 inches. Weight is 25 ounces unloaded. 
 

The new Cheetah seems to have gone on a diet, trading its old curves for a slimmer, and trimmer format. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Note the slim Vertec grip. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


"Beretta knows the importance of training when concealed carrying and has made a carry gun that is actually comfortable to carry and enjoyable to shoot," notes the company. "With an easier-to-rack slide, lightened recoil from tuning of the slide weight, spring rates, and chambering in .380, the 80X Cheetah is designed with an enhanced fit and style for elevated speed and control."
 

The Cheetah, besides the standard black models, will be offered in an assortment of color options with limited-edition multi-tone variants. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The optics cut and corresponding plates will support the Holosun K-pattern (407K/509K) as well as the Shield-pattern and the Noblex Docter footprints.  (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


Besides looking and feeling great on the outside, the internals are DLC coated for quick and smooth function. Afterall, a Cheetah has to run, right? 

MSRP on the new Beretta 80X Cheetah is $799.

Video by Ben Philippi/Guns.com

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