There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a gun for concealed carry, but as Combat Handguns’ Dennis Adler points out, “You can hide length, but you can’t hide width.” Luckily, Adler recently was able to get his hands on the new Beretta Pico .380 ACP for the upcoming November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, and as he puts it, “Not only is the Pico one of the most compact .380 autos on the market, it is also, by far, the narrowest handgun ever made.”

With a stainless steel slide and a modular, technopolymer frame, the Pico is truly cutting edge. Like the 9mm Beretta Nano, the actual “gun” is the Pico’s internal subchassis, which contains its frame rails, trigger and firing system. Users can then swap out the frame for those of different colors or with accessories like lasers. The hammer-fired, short-recoil-operated Pico has a 6+1 capacity of .380 ACP, and Beretta plans to eventually release a .32 ACP conversion that will fit the pistol’s modular frame.

So how did this ultra-compact semi-auto fare on the range? Was it easier to operate than other pocket pistols on the market? To learn more, check out the November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally August 6, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe

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