A customer was asking about this gun. My co-worker and I have not heard of it before. So I Googled it. It is a very cool looking pistol. Sort of looks like something you would see in a sci-fi movie. It actually reminds me of the Tetragramaton Cleric Beretta mixed with Robocop’s Auto 9. It is a shame, it is only in .22LR. I would like it more if it was 9mm.

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  • Giolli Joker

    With the older 89 it’s a fairly common learners’ gun in ranges across Italy.
    It shares the frame with Beretta pocket pistols of the Cheetah series.
    Robocop’s one seems to be based on a 93R, while the other one is on a 92.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Has anyone considered CC with a .22?

    • Porty1119

      22WMR, maybe. If memory serves, the Kel-Tec PM-30 has a 30-round magazine, although reliability is an issue. I’d consider 30 rounds in a handgun to be a bit of a draw to the platform.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I like the FN 5.7, 20 rnd mags.

    • Giolli Joker

      NAA customers, maybe.

  • YS

    All the on-line information says the 87 Target is SA only, but the trigger looks like DA. Anyone know why the trigger looks like DA?

    • J-

      The Beretta 84 and 85 were DA but had no decocker so had a SA style safety. It was weird. The 87 and 87T were .22 LR versions of the 85. There popular in Italy where 9mm pistols are not legal for civilians to own.

      • Giolli Joker

        WRONG!
        9×19 (9 Luger) is illegal (considered a military only round) in Italy BUT 99.9% of guns in 9×19 are re-chambered in 9×21 IMI (also known as 9 Italian) that carries all the features of 9Luger (including OAL) but has a 2mm longer case.
        Therefore 9mm pistols are extremely common in Italy. 22LR ones are as common as in most of the free world as inexpensive and accurate range tools.

        • iksnilol

          Uh, most people mean 9×19 when we say 9mm. Though, I gotta wonder, could a pistol with a 9×21 chamber fire 9×19 ammo? Since it has the same OAL.

          • Giolli Joker

            True, 9mm is usually 9 Luger, but saying that Italians buy 22s because 9mm is banned is wrong: Italians buy 9mm guns, only slightly different.
            Straight walled non rimmed or belted rounds usually headspace on the edge of the neck of the case, however the exctractor keeps them in place so you could probably shoot 9×19 in a 9×21 pistol as you could shoot .380 in a 9mm, reliability however may suffer.

        • J-

          I meant 9mm Luger, like most people do when they say 9mm. Also there are other countries like France, Mexico, and Argentina (just to name some off hand) where handgun ownership is legal but with muzzle energies are limited or bore diameter are limited.

          France, allows .380 auto or .38 special but not 9mm or .357. So these guns are popular in those countries. Have you ever wondered why there are so many 380 ACP pistols that come out of Argentina?

          The Beretta 85 is an older model blow back, which was based on the 81 in 32 acp. The 87 was the 81 converted to .22. All use the same double action trigger but single action safety that was adopted from the Beretta model 70 which was SAO. This DA trigger but SAO safety can be seen on the Beretta model 21 Bobcat or 3032 Tomcat as well. In those it makes more sense since the tip up barrel does not require the slide to be racked to load the chamber.

          • Giolli Joker

            What I meant is that saying: “22 is popular in Italy because 9mm is illegal” is plainly wrong. You took a fact (9Luger being banned) and you made up your conclusion without verifying if it was supported by real data.
            I’m not calling wrong anything else you said, btw, I just meant to clarify a data about my country.

    • Gidge

      Economics so the trigger isn’t too far back. The proportions are deceptive

      You look at a picture and it looks massive and you’d swear it has a 6 inch barrel. But when you see it in the metal next to a 92FS the grip is a lot smaller though the guns are about the same length. The shorter grip means the trigger has to be further forward for it to have nice ergonomics

      • DrewN

        So it’s not the size of a Deagle? It looks enormous.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          In hand it feels smaller than a 22/45. They’re very thin also.

        • Giolli Joker

          Look at Beretta’s Cheetah series, it’s that frame.

  • DrewN

    That’s some serious trigger reach. Anyway, it looks quite a bit like a CZ Kadet except bigger.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Not in hand. Feels like a 1911.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Very nice.

  • Spencerhut

    If it’s as reliable as a S&W Model 41 I’ll look past how butt ugly that thing is. Otherwise I’ll pass.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I have one, works well although suppressed it starts to hang up a little faster than I’d like. But oiled and clean it’s stupid accurate and for being an action that opens on both sides of the gun it’s fairly quite.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    It’s SA. The trigger does not move iirc, I could go down to my safe and check but I’m like 95% sure.

  • thedonn007

    I have wanted one of these for a long time. I ended up with a CZ-75 SP01 with a Kadet .22lr kit.