Beretta 92FS evaluations please.


April 18, 2003, 05:19 PM
A guy at work is selling a Beretta 92FS with night sights and a Hi-capacity magazine for $375. Assuming it's in excellent condition, is it a good buy and also whats the educated opinion about this pistol? Isn't the FS the "military issue" 92? I can live without it but if its a great price I might go for it. I owned a 92 before the Army adopted the Beretta and I hated it, I kept it a record 3 days before trading it back-in. Also a little info on night sites would be helpful. Thanks.

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April 18, 2003, 06:18 PM
Sounds pretty reasonable, but I'd like to have two fullcaps, seeing as it came with two mags.

Marko Kloos
April 18, 2003, 06:41 PM
The Beretta 92FS is a very reliable design, and a mild shooter. It's a little big and heavy for a 9mm these days, but I toted a 92FS for a while in the days before subcompacts, and it's definitely not impossible to conceal.

Night sights can be a problem to install, since the front sight on the 92FS is part of the slide and not dovetailed. The only way to install night sights is to drill the front sight for a tritium insert. If that has been done already, and the gun comes with a 15-rounder and is in good condition, I'd buy it in a heartbeat for $375. It's a high-quality pistol, and an excellent range or home defense gun.

April 18, 2003, 06:48 PM
a 92fs w/ hi cap for $375 is a pretty good deal. I've been very satisfied w/ mine. As for the night sights, the front sight would be the only concern, but not impossible.
Why did you only have the one you bught for only 3 days? Won't that issue you had pop up again?

April 18, 2003, 07:12 PM
I am also satisfied with my 92FS. It's a little larger than my S&W 9mms, but is actually lighter and it can be concealed. Even managed to get a couple of 30-round magazines for it just in case the government decides to let me make it into a 93 someday.

April 18, 2003, 07:43 PM
Thanks for the comments, I had a 92 (2- times)and got rid of it for these reasons; IMHO Its a bulky, un-attractive pistol and I found that I had to "re-learn" how to shoot it because of the totally odd feel of the grip frame, my rapid fire accuracy was terrible with this pistol. At the time there was still a lot of heat over the government not adopting the P226 which I owned at the time and I still feel is the superior design AT ANY Price. I guess I'm being stubborn and can't help but feel that since the 92 was adopted by our military, I should be able to shoot it as well as any other pistol I've owned. I guess if they had a used P226 at this price or even a hi-power I would not be asking these questions, I'd be at the range enjoying them.:) Their has to be something to the 92 I'm missing, or else better people than I would not have been singing its praises. But then again I don't like the looks of the Glock either but I've accepted that it may be the best pistol in the World. Can't pay $500-700 for 80% plastic, it goes against the grain. Like I said, I'm stubborn!:D

April 18, 2003, 07:46 PM
Or maybe you've just found the pistol that works best for you in that P226 ;)

April 18, 2003, 08:33 PM
I would snatch it right up so I'd have a pair of 92's!:D

April 18, 2003, 09:15 PM
On night sights.

If it says 'Trijicon' they may have been installed by Tooltech. Supposedly there's a number which is the year they were installed, and I think they are warrantied for 12 years.

As the frontsight isn't dovetailed they are more trouble to change.

I'd ask about the other mag(s) and how many rounds thru it. You can find NIBs for like $500 and mags are easy to come by. Don't get it if it's falling apart.

April 18, 2003, 09:15 PM
I have one and I love it! Mine also has factory nite sights and 3 factory hi caps, I wouldn't sell mine for $375 with one hi-cap so I think that it is a good deal. If you had one and hated it, it may not be the right gun for you, but then again, I have bought and sold a gun before and then later bought the same type of gun later because my tastes changed and have been happy. AR-15, comes to mind. Sometimes, you are not ready for a certain gun until you have learned why you need it.

I see alot of people that have had 1911s and didn't like them but later learned they liked them also revolvers seem to need a level of maturity to really apprciate. I used to think revolvers were out dated but now I understand their place and what they excell at (power, accuracy, reliability). New shooters may look down on revolvers because they are "old fashioned" but it is hard to find a really good or experienced pistol shooter that does not respect them.

April 18, 2003, 09:59 PM
I had a 92 (2- times)and got rid of it for these reasons;

Had the same thing with 1911's, bought a 1991A1 sold it, bought another sold it too (big loses both times). Both were accurate, both were totally reliable with all loads I tried. The design was the favorite of many firearms legends, I just didn't like them, still don't.:confused:

"Trying" to like a gun is something I'm not sure is a good use of time unless your mandated to carry it for some reason. Surely there are other firearms out there you DO like that you could spend the same money on. $$$ wise it sounds like a good deal- BUT only to someone who likes Beretta 92FS's...

April 18, 2003, 10:23 PM
also revolvers seem to need a level of maturity to really apprciate.

Yeah? What're you try'nna say? :D

April 18, 2003, 11:52 PM
I consider myself a 1911 guy through and through, shoot 'em, love 'em, couldn't live without 'em. Having said that, I have more experience shooting my Taurus PT99 than any other of my handguns. Probably any other two of my handguns. I'm not exactly sure of the round count as I bought it before I started keeping track. I know it's over 15,000 rounds, probably closer to 18,000 rounds and never a single failure of any kind. I hate to sound like Chuck Taylor and his G17, but 100% over 18,000 is enough to make a believer out of me. I've done the basic preventative work and have no reason to believe it wouldn't go another 18,000 rounds.

I had a plain jane Beretta before the Taurus but after years with the 1911, just couldn't get used to the safety location. If it's in good shape, I'd pay $375 for it. Mags aren't hard to come by and aren't too expensive either but it should have two if the current owner is the original owner.

April 19, 2003, 12:19 AM
Firestar: I'll be the first to admit I was raised on the "more bullets is better" policy!:D

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