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    Beretta 85 FS Cheetah

    I have always wanted one of these and found one today at a price I could not pass up at the 1500.

    Here are some first impressions. This gun is built like a tank. It is very hard to rack the slide without either getting bit by the slide trying to avoid the safety or just take the punishment of scraping your thumb or fingers against the safety. The other thing is that this feature makes it hard to field strip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxmayhem View Post
    I have always wanted one of these and found one today at a price I could not pass up at the 1500.

    Here are some first impressions. This gun is built like a tank. It is very hard to rack the slide without either getting bit by the slide trying to avoid the safety or just take the punishment of scraping your thumb or fingers against the safety. The other thing is that this feature makes it hard to field strip.
    I've got both an 85FS and an 84BB. Both are quite easy to rack if they're properly cleaned and lubricated and you thumb-cock the hammer first. Great guns!

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    Those are great guns. Very accurate for their size.
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    I'm sure I saw the one that you bought, it was a good deal if it was the same one. I've owned numerous 85's and 84's over the years. They are big for a .380 nowadays but are great feeling guns. Don't recall having an issue chambering a round or racking the slide and being bothered by the safety, they are stiffly sprung i'll give you that.

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    KAGNEW. The advice to thumb-cock the hammer on the Beretta 85 Cheetah is very helpful for chambering the load. Before I had difficulting pulling the slide back. The slide is still pretty stiff to pull. I have disassemble the weapon and it appears to be clean. Any advice about lubicating this handgun? Thank you.

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