Beretta U22 Neos Barrel Lengths
I got the following comment to a prevoius post/review on the Beretta Neos. It was a good question he asked, so I decided to put it up as a full post, rather than have it lost in the comments to that one post.
Hi, I am thinking of buying a Neos but I am not sure if I should get the 4.5" or the 6" barrel, I would like some advice on this matter for somebody with experience.
This is going to be my first pistol.
Thanks for your help..
The Beretta U22 Neos is available with either a 4.5", a 6", or a 7.5" barrel. The barrels are easily removed and swapped. The longer barrels are easier to shoot accurately, or more specifically, to AIM accurately, since the front and rear sights are farther apart. This is often referred to as "Sight Radius". The longer barrels are usually slightly more accurate, and also give you just a little bit more bullet velocity over a shorter barrel.
If I was only going to use the pistol for plinking, I'd go with either the 6" or 7.5" barrel. If you think you might want to try some local club matches a ways down the road, either would work, but the 7.5 might be a slightly better choice. The short barrels are primarily to reduce size and weight, as for concealed carry situations, but a .22 caliber pistol of any barrel length is not a very good choice for personal protection.
Whichever you choose, be sure to pick up a couple of extra magazines while you're at it, as they will come in handy down the road when you start doing a lot of shooting to build your profiency with your new Beretta.
Try several different brands of ammunition. You'll be surprised how much difference one brand over another can make. Of the readily available and inexpensive ammunition for everyday shooting, KeeWee has had the best luck with the Bulk Federal ammo in the Neos.
If you decide to mount a Red Dot sight, there's a lot of info in the archives. Put "Red Dot" in the white box up at the top left of this page and click "Search" to find them.
Good luck, and good shooting!