I've owned my Model 84 for 30 years........before it was called a Cheetah or any other designation. I chose it as a backup & off duty weapon, replacing a snub-nose .357 S&W. This weapon is so well built that after 30 years, I still shoot it regularly & carry when it's too hot in Texas for outerwear to conceal my Glock 23 or Beretta Px4 Storm.40 cal.
When I bought this weapon it was described in reviews as having a "garbage throat"; i.e. feeding all ammo flawlessly. They weren't wrong. I've literally tried to fire 3 rounds rapid fire and actually fired 5.
I love the .380 cal for several reasons. It's lighter to carry; smaller to conceal; same "size" bullet as a .9mm or .357 magnum, and therefore has some solid power. Check out the stats - 1550-2000 fps muzzle velocity and 330-500 ft lbs of knockdown.
I now own 2 Beretta's and will buy more as $$$ become available. I've compared the quality of build, shooting accuracy, feel, and design against 2 Kimber 1911's and one would think either of my factory built weapons was custom made.
Love this pistol. Recoil? None! Accuracy? Excellent! Noise and muzzzle blast? Negligible! Overall an excellent pistol. My wife was so impressed with it she even bought one for conceal carry. She normally shoots a .40 S&W and is able to keep them in the 9,10, and X ring but with this pistol she keeps them in the 10 and X ring (50 rounds) all the time. She doesn't have the years of experience shooting like I have but I'm impressed. I would highly recommend this pistol to any law abiding individual looking for a great conceal carry weapon or as a back up. Only one draw back though, its tight when you first get it but thats something that can be fixed by breaking it in with shooting and lubrication, something that needs to be done anyway.
I love this pistol it is great when you cannot pack the full size 92 concealed like during warm weather. This pistol fits great in a light coat or in your pocket or in a concealed holster. It is almost as accurate as the 92 but doesn't take up as much space either. Great pistol!!!
What a sweet compact pistol. Hands down, the most functional,reliable,sexy,melt in your hands carry handgun ever designed. It was my only choice in this caliber/pistol package. Everything from fit to function cannot be beat ! Very pleasant to shoot, accurate,mild,wow...tougher than nails, and life is too short to own anything less. I love my Cheetah 84FS. 13 rds. is plenty of firepower for any situation. I would highly recommend this to anybody for personal protection. .380 inadequate?? Better think again...I wouldn't want to stand in front of it..especially with today's superior ammo(Hornady 90gr critical defense)...ouch !
The fit and finish on the Beretta 84FS Cheetah is beautiful. It has a great trigger.
I cannot get over the painful recoil this pistol develops. The .380 round is just too much for this platform. I own and shoot several Beretta 92 pistols with no such issues. The local range asked me to leave due to other patron complaining about the muzzle blast from my Beretta 84FS Cheetah.
Definitely a fight stopper, but no fun to shoot.
I got a fairly large gun collection from my father-in-law and he gave me one of these with it. What a great gun. It does everything a nice handgun is supposed to do. It shoots well, feels good because of light recoil, and it looks sexy. Plus, I got a pocket holster and can use it with some pants. The only thing I can compare this to is my Taurus pt-738 and there really is no comparison except they are both handguns that shoot .380. Get one for your wife or your daughter or son in college. Oh and it's a lot of fun to shoot.
I bought a model 84BB 15-20 years ago and never regretted it. The pistol has never fail except shooting 2nd rate amomnition. I shoot ball, FMJ and hollow points. My son can't wait to inherit it so he is going to buy an 84 or 85 model soon. The only thing I regretted was giving him my model 92FS made in Italy. I bought another 92FS made in the USA, but it doesn't look the as good.
The Beretta 84FS Cheetah is one of the most outstanding automatic pistols I have had the pleasure to shoot in 40 years of firearms ownership. The functioning is flawless; the solid construction really soaks up recoil making extended range sessions comfortable. Plus, it is a beautiful pistol in a sea of blocky black lookalikes.
Yes, it is more expensive than some other pistols of this type; a Rolls-Royce is expensive compared to other cars. But, like the Rolls, the Cheetah is worth the price.
I have also acquired the Beretta belt holster and the Beretta shoulder holster( this is not a pocket pistol) and can recommend them, as well.
This is a great handgun! Having fired several rounds of ammunition through it, I found that even at 30 feet, it was extremely accurate. I've fired several different .380's and this was by far my personal favorite. It will be the one I will use for personal protection.
Even though this cost more than the competition, it is well worth the money spent.
This is my first and only choice in a .380 pistol.
Mine was 100% reliable in every way.
'was' because I traded it in on a Beretta Mini-Cougar 8040F, which fit into my strategy better at the time.
The 84FS was so nice to own, I truly regret having let it go. It fit perfectly for me and anyone I let shoot it, loved it.
My ammunition of choice was Remington Golden Saber 102-gr., with which it was very accurate.
This is, in my mind, the best of the best in a .380 ACP pistol.
I have the nickel version. It's a nice looking gun and pretty accurate out of the box. I've fired different rounds through it including hollowpoints without it misfiring. Some people will question the power of a 380 but I feel shot placement is more important than all others. If it's in a vital area, no worries. There will be one less bad guy around. It's a good choice for personal protection.