Beretta 81 Cheetah

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The Beretta Cheetah, also known by its original model name of "Series 81", was a line of compact blowback operated semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Beretta of Italy. They were introduced in 1976 and include models in .32 ACP (Models 81 and 82), .380 ACP (9 mm Short) (Models 83, 84, 85 and 86) and .22 LR (Models 87, 87 Target and 89).

Beretta 81 Cheetah Specs

1 Brand

2 Category

Technical Data


.32 Auto (7.65mm Browning)


Double / Single Action


12 + 1



Gun Type




Barrel Length


Beretta 81 Cheetah Features

The Model 81 Cheetah is a blowback operated semi automatic pistol with fixed sights and an open top slide. The slide is made from carbon steel and the frame is an aluminum alloy. It has a manual, ambidextrous thumb safety but not a decocker, a take down lever is located on the right side of the frame while the slide release is located on the left side of the frame.

Beretta 81 Cheetah Ballistics

.32 Auto (7.65mm Browning) Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Beretta 81 Cheetah Capacity

The Model 81 Cheetah is a .32 ACP chambered pistol with a 12 round double stack detachable box magazine. The magazine is inserted through the pistol grip and the magazine release is located on the frame just behind the trigger guard.

Beretta 81 Cheetah Ergonomics

The Model 81 Cheetah features plastic grip panels which are textured with smooth backstrap and front strap. The rounded trigger guard is generous for a compact pistol. The trigger has a smooth pull and breaks at 8 pounds 4 ounces in double action and 3 pounds 12 ounces in single action with a shorter pull.

Beretta 81 Cheetah Fit & Finish

The Model 81 Cheetah has a very tight slide to frame fitment, which requires consistent lubrication and a breaking in period. The black exterior finish is very deep and even, providing good corrosion resistance. 

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Beretta 81 Cheetah Concealability

The Model 81 Cheetah is a compact pistol and designed for duty carry or concealed carry. Proper selection of holster and clothing options will make concealment easily attained for personal defense needs.

How much is a Beretta 81 Cheetah worth?

In 2023 a new or used Beretta 81 Cheetah value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Beretta 81 Cheetah and most semi-auto pistols. The Price for a Beretta 81 Cheetah has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2023 compared to 2022.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Beretta 81 Cheetah Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $269.62 $352.58 $414.80
Excellent $248.88 $331.84 $373.32
Very Good $228.14 $331.84 $373.32
Good $207.40 $311.10 $352.58
Fair $145.18 $269.62 $331.84
Poor $103.70 $207.40 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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