Beretta U22 Neos: Intriguing modern take on the .22 LR semiautomatic pistol

By , June 24, 2009 5:17 pm

The Beretta U22 Neos is a semiautomatic pistol designed and manufactured in the United States by Beretta USA in Accokeek, Maryland.

Beretta U22 Neos (4.5 barrel, black)

Beretta U22 Neos (4.5" barrel, black)

There are several available models of this handgun. The standard Beretta U22 Neos (pictured to the right) has a 4.5″ (114mm) barrel. Additional models include a 6.0″ (153mm) barrel as well as a 7.5″ (191mm) barrel. Currently, the 7.5″ barrel model is no longer marketed by Beretta USA; this barrel is available as an add-on accessory to the 4.5″ or 6.0″ models. The barrels are easily interchangeable by the user with a single screw. In addition, there is a deluxe model, the U22 Neos DLX, which adds an adjustable trigger for pre- and over-travel.

There are several available color options. The standard U22 Neos has a black frame with a black (blued) slide. The U22 Neos INOX has a black frame with a silver (stainless steel) slide. Several grip color choices available from Beretta include black, grey, blue, red, black with grey inserts, black with blue inserts. The aftermarket for this handgun comes through with even more grip color options, including black with red inserts and black with pink inserts.

The design of the U22 Neos is very distinctive, with a ‘futuristic’ look that is very polarizing — most people either love it or hate it. Despite this, many people who cannot stand its looks have nothing but good things to say about how it shoots, especially at its very low price point.

A rail on top of the barrel telescopes back over the bolt and incorporates adjustable sights and a scope mount. Standard packaging includes two 10-round magazines.

The design of the Neos is novel in several ways. The frame of the Neos is a simple rail and the grip is a separate, non-serialized piece. The striker is visible at the rear of the bolt when it is cocked. The magazine release is in an unusual location on the right side of the frame above the trigger guard actuated by the trigger finger of a right-handed shooter or the weak hand of a left-handed shooter. The styling of the Neos was intended to be radical and modern.

264 Responses to “Beretta U22 Neos: Intriguing modern take on the .22 LR semiautomatic pistol”

  1. Richard says:

    rented one to see if I wanted it. Grips are too small for me. Long trigger pull (unadjustable). Grip is similar to a Hi Standard or Ruger grip angle but I find I grip too high for comfort. Good grouping at 25 feet. Fed several types of ammo (cheap) with no jams. I would classify it as a high end starter pistol with adjustable sights. Might be great for women or kids to train on.I went with a Browning Buckmark.

  2. Uri says:

    I have been plinking with Neos for about two years now. Can say only good things regarding its accuracy, reliability and ease of cleaning. I tried to use the Picatinny rail to mount a red dot, but found it too cumbersone; regular sights work fine for me. But still having a rail is a good option. Also, the pistol takes any ammo I load into it without any problems. It is built out of quality materials, no pot metal here. I agree that it’s looks are a bit unconventional and the grip is a little different from the most pistols, but I have got used to it. Highly recommended.

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