Beretta® U22 Neos .22LR Pistol
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Meant to appeal to a new generation of shooting enthusiasts, Beretta's Neos 22LR pistols feature cutting-edge design, modular construction,and flexibility for different shooting disciplines. Sleek and ergonomic, the U22 Neos 22LR Pistol is reliable, durable, precise, and easy to maintain. The gun's alloy steel slide and 6'' barrel features an integral rail that accepts Weaver style scope mounts, matte black front sight, and fully adjustable target rear sights. Neos' modular design consists of five assemblies that field strip easily without tools for cleaning. Ergonomic textured polymer grip frame for easy handling in all conditions. Ambidextrous manual safety can be engaged with the firing pin cocked or uncocked. Matte black finish. Weight: 36.2 oz. Capacity: 10+1 rounds.
Beretta® U22 Neos .22LR Pistol w/6'' Barrel
Great Value and Great Fun
Since purchasing this gun I've put approx. 1500 rnds down range and been Extremely pleased with its performance. I picked this pistol to have something that was easy to practice with and cheap to shoot, and the price of the pistol and .22lr ammo fit those needs very well.
First, the things that I love about this pistol. It is extremely easy to pick up and shoot for first time shooters. The U22 Neos are Single Action striker fire pistols, and while this may have some disadvantages it means that there are fewer moving parts for beginners to learn, simplely pull the slide back to chamber the first round, point, and squeeze. The pistol is also very accurate, shooting approx. 2" groupings out of the box and sub 2" after I got used to it. This pistol also has nearly no recoil. As to be expected with .22 guns, the smaller rnd has a much smaller kick, but the 6" barrel and overall heft of the pistol means it barely budges when fired. Which brings up another point, this is a heavy gun, unlike many .22s this full size pistol FEELS like a serious weapon when you pick it up. It is very comfortable to hold and looks rather intimidating. The long barrel and actual size make this pistol look more like a .40 than a .22lr. The full length top rail is also great for mounting red dot sight or other optic for real target precision and the adjustable rear sight is simple to dial in. As you would expect from a name like Beretta, the U22 Neos are a quality build.
Now for the drawbacks. Both lengths of this pistol (4" and 6") are not acceptable for carry. This pistol is really designed for plinking and target shooting, so if you are looking for a pistol keep with you at all times, keep looking (and you might want to consider looking at .380 ACP or 9mm rather than .22lr caliber). Take down and cleaning, while not difficult by any means, is not as simple or quick as many more common pistols with a full barrel slide. This is also a single action striker pistol, a feature to be considered if you choose to keep it loaded for defensive purposes. What this means is that the action of chambering a rnd will cock the striker and it cannot be released without squeezing the trigger/firing the weapon. In short, the pistol cannot be chambered and then decocked as with many Double/Single action hammer pistol. Lastly, choice of ammo is key. Like many .22 caliber pistols, the U22 Neos are somewhat picky. While I've had very few problems (thankfully no misfires or failure to eject), I have had issues with feeding, particularly on first rnd of a new magazine. When firing Winchester Super X HPs the slide will often jam halfway into loading the first round (I found the slide was actually rubbing along the top of the next rnd in the magazine). This issue has never occured when firing in the semi-automatic, but is rather consistent with the manual first load, but only with Winchest Super X HPs. Ammo of preference is the CCI Mini Mag, which I have had absolutely no problems with.
Conclusion: this pistol is great for new shooters and for experienced shooters looking for a fun pistol that is cheap to fire at the range. I would highly recommend as a first pistol, but definitely not a concealed carry weapon.
March 17, 2011
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