SHOT 2023: Beretta 80X Cheetah

In the market for a proven, yet modern, defensive handgun? Beretta has introduced the 80X Cheetah, a pistol designed with self-defense-focused gun owners in mind. The company’s line of Cheetah pistols originated in 1976 and it’s been years since they were readily available. The Beretta 80X Cheetah is based on the original 84 and is back better than ever. If you want a solidly built, carefully designed handgun chambered in 380 ACP, the 80x Cheetah just might be the gun for you.

Beretta 80X Cheetah
The Beretta 80X Cheetah is chambered in 380 ACP and meant for defensive applications. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Beretta says they’re bringing back this modern reimagining of their classic 380 with “exceptional” comfort style. The Beretta 80X Cheetah is based on the company’s original Cheetah line, only with a new sleek design and enhanced features.

Updates include an ergonomic design meant to make the gun a fantastic fit for concealed carry, with a smaller Vertec style grip profile, and the X-treme S Double/Single trigger to enhance accuracy. The 80X cheetah also has a skeletonized hammer and is optics-ready, meaning gun owners can add a red dot with no need for a trip to the gunsmith. This pistol has a 13 +1 capacity, making it a good option for defensive use whether for daily carry or at home.

Beretta 80X Cheetah defensive pistol
The 80X Cheetah is optics-ready so gun owners can add a red dot without a trip to the gunsmith. (Photo credit: Beretta)

As mentioned above, this pistol is chambered in 380 ACP. Its 25-ounce empty weight allows it to remain relatively light while just heavy enough to somewhat mitigate felt recoil and muzzle rise. The gun has an overall length of 6.8 inches, an overall height of 4.9 inches, and an overall width of 1.4 inches. These dimensions make it compact, but not too small to operate comfortably, even with larger hands.

Self-defense-friendly features include the ability to immediately mount an aftermarket red dot sight and an accessory rail ahead of the trigger guard for the addition of items like a weapon-mounted light. The gun has forward and rearward upright serrations to make racking the slide easier and an aggressively designed backstrap and front strap for a sure hold during live fire. The hammer is grooved on the surface to help avoid slipping during use.

Beretta 80X Cheetah
Beretta uses a DLC coating on parts of the gun for smoother operation and durability. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Features of the Beretta 80X Cheetah include:

  • 380 ACP chambering.
  • 13 +1 capacity (10-round magazine also available).
  • 25-ounce empty weight.
  • Adjustable X-Treme X Trigger with adjustable overtravel so shooters can change reset distance according to their personal preferences.
  • Single action/double action.
  • Optics-ready slide with removable cover plate.
  • External manual safety.
  • Upright front and rear slide serrations for easier manipulation of the slide.
  • Accessory rail in front of the trigger guard for lights and lasers.
  • DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated components for smoother performance, durability, and resistance to wear.
  • Compact profile meant for concealed carry.
  • Vertec grip for a slimmer profile and greater comfort while shooting.

MSRP for the Beretta 80X Cheetah is set at $799.00.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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