Beretta 92 Control Ergonomics


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Skunkabilly
May 19, 2003, 10:12 PM
Do you have problems getting to the safety on the Beretta 92? I've met guys with bigger or smaller paws who can't work the safety. I have girl-sized paws--medium length but slim fingers and can work it eith either paw; maybe I have pretty good dexterity because of growing up with musical instruments and model airplanes.

How big are your paws and do you have problems working the safety on the 92?

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Marko Kloos
May 19, 2003, 10:24 PM
I have fairly large hands, and I have no problems with the Beretta 92 ergos, other than the backwards and counter-intuitive "up for fire" safety on the FS models.

Steve in PA
May 19, 2003, 10:26 PM
I don't have huge paws......wear XL size gloves........and never had any problem with the safety on my 92FS when I carried it actively. Little flip of the thumb as it came out of the holster and I was set to go.

Since carrying a Sig P-220....which doesn't have a safety.....I've taken to carrying all my weapons with the safety off. Since they are all DA/SA......Sig, Beretta, S&W 6906......I wanted to stick with carrying them all the same way no matter which one I was carrying.

gudel
May 19, 2003, 10:26 PM
no problems with the 92FS. works perfectly. if a guy got big hands, maybe they just don't have finger dexterity, which contributes problems operating the Beretta. maybe you should post pic of your hand and compare with others :p

Logistar
May 19, 2003, 10:39 PM
My safety seems fine. I have very small hands and shoot a Vertec. I use the safety with no problems.

Logistar

Cawdor
May 19, 2003, 10:40 PM
I'm left-handed. I found it harder than I liked. However, the 92 Vertec is fine.

blades67
May 19, 2003, 11:34 PM
I have fairly large hands, but I haven't ever had problems with the slide mounted safety.

George Hill
May 19, 2003, 11:37 PM
Nope, no problems other than an aversion to the upside down slide mounted safety.
*sigh*
I guess I am used to it now...
No... no problems.

GitSome45
May 20, 2003, 12:46 AM
Wait a minute....

Isn`t the size of a mans' hands directly related to "other" body proportions...? :scrutiny:

So I`d be VEEERRY careful in answering this post by saying "I`ve got tiny hands"... :D

JMHO'

Howard

:neener:

Thumper
May 20, 2003, 12:50 AM
92 controls fall just right for me.

Skunk...I remember awhile back you seemed on the verge of getting your CCW permit. Didja?

(Waiting on the full-sized Beretta to fall out of favor with the Skunk.)

Handy
May 20, 2003, 12:51 AM
I can't see why hand size should have any bearing on using a slide mounted safety. Everyone I've used is easily reachable with the thumb.

My new GB has a slide decocker lever on the left side only. When shooting lefty, I can still get to the lever.


All the other 92 controls are another matter. Getting to the mag release, slide release, trigger, etc. can be more of a chore.

Logistar
May 20, 2003, 12:54 AM
Isn`t the size of a mans' hands directly related to "other" body proportions...? That's what my SO USED TO THINK! ;)

slh02
May 20, 2003, 01:53 AM
I really, really like the way the 92fs fits in my hands. Feels great and I love the size and function of the pistol. The only reason I chose the p99 over the 92fs was the fact that I could not reach the slide release on the 92fs with my shooting hand while still maintaining a grip. I have no problems doing this with the p99.

By the way, I am a small guy (5'7", 130 lbs.) and have very small hands.

cool45auto
May 20, 2003, 01:57 AM
No problems here. I like the way it's laid out.

10-Ring
May 20, 2003, 04:01 PM
I have med/large size hands and the safety has not been an issue.
I would say it also would depend on how much time & effort you devote to trainging with your chosen handgun.

curt
May 20, 2003, 04:56 PM
Isn`t the size of a mans' hands directly related to "other" body proportions...?

That's why i don't need to use my hand to operate the safety.

Shake
May 20, 2003, 05:18 PM
I have a Beretta Elite II G. I have large hands (I am 6' 4" 220) with fat fingers.

I have to admit I have a hard time decocking my 92 without repositioning. I can reach the mag release and the slide lock, but the decock is a reach. If I had a 92 FS with the "conventional" safety it might be a different story.

As big as my hands are, I have a hard time reaching the mag release on most medium to full-sized handguns. One of the reasons the Walther/H&K desing mag release is my favorite.

Shake

Correia
May 20, 2003, 05:28 PM
Huge hands. No problem except that it works in the opposite direction that it should. If you are going to put in on the slide it should work like a Makarov.

GSB
May 20, 2003, 05:36 PM
A little off topic: one problem I have found with the slide-mounted safety/decocker on the Beretta is that it absolutely kills your hand during aggressive malfunction clearance drills.

Schuey2002
May 20, 2003, 07:44 PM
I've got good sized hands and have never had any problems shooting guns with slide mounted safeties.;)

Soap
May 20, 2003, 07:55 PM
The safety is bass-ackwards...but I can reach it.

GitSome45
May 21, 2003, 01:10 AM
To be honest, (my hands are "Average" sized ;) )...

I Too cannot operate the safety without shifting my grip, but for the more important aspect: "Can I swipe that safety OFF on the draw...?"

You Bet ! No problems gettin, that "Smokewagon" ready to roll...

JMHO,

Howard

SodaPop
May 21, 2003, 04:47 PM
I only use mine when I load the gun up. After that, I disengage it and leave it off.

The slide safety never felt right when practicing my draw, so I don't use it.

Andrew Wyatt
May 21, 2003, 05:10 PM
i have gimli hands (medium sized palm with reasonably thick fingers) and i have trouble operating slide mounted safeties of any sort, even those on my dad's iver johnson tp22.


the entirety of the beretta 92 is a no go, as everythings's out of my reach with a properly lined up grip.

Logistar
May 22, 2003, 12:59 AM
I only use mine when I load the gun up. After that, I disengage it and leave it off. - Same here, Sodapop.

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