I find that I have gotten to that certain age where I have more guns than I need, but less than I want.
New models are always coming out, so there is always something new in the â€śwantâ€ť category, and while I don’t have the disposable income I once had before my children came along, I still manage to buy new guns from time to time. This has resulted in my collection growing slowly over the past fifteen years or so.
There are pistols I own that I carry every day, and some that I donâ€™t carry but enjoy taking to the range from time to time to shoot.Â And like many people I have several pistols that just sit around gathering dust. Usually dust-magnet pistols donâ€™t last forever; I end up trading them for something new that has caught my eye.Â But there’s usually one pistol in my collection that, while I never shoot it, I’d never trade. This popped an article title to mind–The Favorite Gun You Never Shoot.
Iâ€™m not by nature a collector, I buy guns I intend to shoot. Many of you who buy collector pieces may have many handguns you love that you never shoot, but thatâ€™s not the case for me. Guns are for shooting, they exist for that one reason. For the last five years or so, the favorite gun I own that I never shoot has been a Beretta 84F.
I originally bought the Beretta for my wife over fifteen years ago, but because it’s a traditional .380, it features a straight blowback recoil system, which means a very strong recoil spring. Between that and the double-action first shot, my wife didnâ€™t like the pistol, but to my surprise, I did.Â A lot.
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This 13+1-shot aluminum-framed .380 is too big to be a pocket gun.Â The barrel is nearly four-inches long, and the pistol itself is almost seven inches.Â In fact, itâ€™s almost a mid-size pistol the size of a Glock 19 (fully loaded it weighs 29 ounces), so if I was going to carry something its size I would carry a pistol chambered in something more powerful than the .380 ACP.Â That said, I love this gun.
The Beretta fits my hand, points naturally, and between the low bore and the .380 chambering felt recoil is negligible.Â I can get my whole hand on it.Â While it has a decocking safety, I can ride it with my thumb (like a 1911) without decocking the hammer (push UP to decock).Â The double action trigger pull is smooth and not too heavy, and the single action pull is crisp.Â Itâ€™s a good-looking gun, and with the signature skeletonized Beretta slide it resembles a miniature M9/92.Â It’s very reliableâ€”in fact, itâ€™s never jammed on me. The pistol even has a chrome-plated bore, something I find hard to understand on a .380. It has a magazine disconnect safety, which I have no use for, and mediocre sights, but overall I really like this gun. And yet, Iâ€™ve only fired it once in the past ten years, and that for an article. Before I took a photo of it for this post, I had to blow a layer of dust off it.
Iâ€™ve sold pistols I shot more frequently than I do my Beretta 84F, and yet Iâ€™m never going to sell it. Currently it sits loaded with Hornady XTPs in an out-of-the-way but easily accessed spot in my house, patiently waiting. Iâ€™ll take you out to the range someday soon, I promiseâ€¦