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Beretta Model 8000


Semi-Automatic Pistol


Italy | 1994



"Appearing in 1994, the Beretta 8000 went on to find few global takers including the United States and host-country Italy."



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The Beretta Model 8000 emerged from the Italian gun-maker is 1994 and was marketed as a handier version of the full-sized Beretta Model 92 series (the same handgun that became the American military "M9" sidearm). One of the detrimental characteristics of the M92 was its base dimensions which largely precluded it from use in the concealed-carry role - popular with police and security elements. Various models and chamberings were introduced to the line though global adoption was limited.

The M8000 was certainly a very different-looking pistol from its larger brethren - its length measured seven inches with a barrel of 3.5 inches long. Weight was under a pound and the internal action recoil-operated with a locked breech arrangement (double-action trigger). Iron sides were set at the rear and front of the slide in the typical fashion and serrations along the slide aided in gripping the gun for racking purposes. The frame was completed in a lightweight aluminum alloy. The usual controls were present - slide lock, magazine release, safety etc... Ammunition counts varied based on chambering used.

While the M8000 (15-round magazine of 9x19mm Parabellum) began the line, variants included the M8000F in .41 AE, the more compact M8000L with 13-round magazine, the M8000L Type P compact with 15-round magazine, the M8357 in .357 SIG with 11-round magazine, the M8040 in .40 S&W with 11-round magazine and the M8045 in .45 ACP with 8-round magazine. Local European marks supported .41 AE and 9x21mm as well.

The M8045 "Cougar" was a special model of 1998-2004. The Mini Cougar was its special compact form.

The Beretta Model 8000 was adopted by elements in Italy as well as Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Slovenia and the United States. The Los Angeles Police Department took on a stock of Beretta USA-made M8045F models with 4-inch barrels.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Beretta Model 8000. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
180 mm
7.09 in
O/A Length
92 mm
3.62 in
Barrel Length
2.04 lb
0.93 kg
Weight
Semi-Automatic; Recoil-Operated; Locked Breech
Action
9x19mm; .357 SIG; .40 S&W; .45 ACP (model dependent)
Caliber(s)
8-, 11-, 13- or 15-round detachable box magazine (model dependent).
Feed
Iron Front and Rear
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Beretta Model 8000. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
165 ft
50.3 m | 55.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
45
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Beretta Model 8000 Semi-Automatic Pistol family line.
Model 8000 - Base Series Designation; 9x19mm chambering with 15-round magazine.
Model 8000F - Chambered for .41 AE
Model 8000L - Compact model; 9x19mm chambering; 13-round magazine.
Model 8000L Type P - Compact model; 15-round magazine
Model 8357 - Chambered for .357 SIG; 11-round magazine
Model 8040 - .40 S&W; 11-round magazine
Model 8045 - .45 ACP; 8-round magazine
Cougar (M8045) - Special model of 1998-2004
Mini-Cougar - Compact Cougar form
Inox - Stainless steel slide assembly
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Beretta Model 8000. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Beretta - Italy
National flag of Bangladesh National flag of Italy National flag of Kazakhstan National flag of Slovenia National flag of the United States

[ Bangladesh; Italy; Kazakhstan; Slovenia; United States ]
Design Qualities
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PISTOL/SIDEARM
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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