Take the 87 Target out of its box, add optics (if desired) and it is competition ready or ready to be put through its paces at training. Thanks to a built-in Weaver style rail, mounting optics can be done in a flash. The sights are adjustable, and the magazine features a sturdy rubber pad. The frame has a bevelled part for easy magazine insertion. Comes standard with plastic grips but walnut grips are available on request.
You'll find the trigger pull on the 87 Target to be very light and crisp. The pistol is designed to remain upright when set down on a flat surface, ready to be quickly gripped, magazine loaded and raised to the target (.22LR Practical Shooting).
As Beretta’s flagship target pistol, the 87 Target has to satisfy stringent accuracy requirements. It is capable of producing cloverleafs at distances of 27m and more, while the trigger, breaking at a crisp 1.4kgs, greatly helps minimise muscular interference while shooting it. The grips are ergonomically sized for the hand of the average shooter, but they are easily replaceable with something beefier or slimmer to so it fits like a dream.
The 6” (150 mm) barrel length gives you a long, 7.5” sight radius to optimize alignment and therefore accuracy when shooting without optics. Also, the sights are user-adjustable for both windage and elevation, so that different target loads may be confidently tried while always staying on target. The front sight can be easily replaced with a thinner blade. Magazine change is designed to be intuitive and to cut down on time. The magazine well is bevelled for easy “no-see” insertion, while the magazines have a sturdy rubber pad so that they can be safely dropped during competition without any damage.
At 835g (unloaded) the 87 Target is designed to feel steady in your hand while shooting. The bottom corners of the pistol are squared for steadiness so it will remain upright when set down on a flat surface, ready to be quickly gripped, magazine loaded and raised to the target (.22LR Practical Shooting). Overall, the Beretta 87 Target is an ideal rimfire competition pistol.
I've been through several 22 target pistols to find one I really liked - it's the Beretta 87 Target.
I've owned a Hi Standard, a Browning Buck Mark and a Ruger MK II but none of them were quite right. They either didn't feel right in my hand or wouldn't cycle with some ammo or other feeding problems (for example the Hi Standard would get a lead build up at the front of the chamber).
With the pistol properly cleaned and lubed I can put 2000 rounds of ammo through mine before it starts to have feeding problems. That's a lot of 22 ammo and I've never had any other pistol get close to that.
My only issue is the cost of the magazines here in OZ. I paid $95 for one magazine. All the dealers charge about the same. Okay they are not as common as Glock magazines - but $95 is ridiculous.
In short - the 87 Target is a superb pistol.