Beretta 92FS or Glock 19 or 17


July 30, 2008, 11:10 PM
Looking for a good range gun. Thoughts?

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July 30, 2008, 11:14 PM
glock 19

July 30, 2008, 11:24 PM
Beretta. Or Glock. :)

Go to your local range, rent them, and see what you think. I own 2 92FS's, and have owned a G19. They're all good pistols, this one is going to be up to your tastes.

July 30, 2008, 11:27 PM
I live in a small town. We have an outdoor shooting range and they don't rent guns.

July 30, 2008, 11:38 PM
I say -- "Yes" :D

July 30, 2008, 11:48 PM
I say no. Can't get them both right now. Tee Hee!

July 30, 2008, 11:55 PM
Just get the first one you get a good deal on. :)

Personally I'd prefer a Glock because the 92 is a big heavy handgun for 9 mm. I have a 19 and like it a lot.

July 31, 2008, 12:04 AM
Howdy Magnus1959, and et al.,

Short answer, any of the three options presented are great. They are all suitable for your “range” gun use.

Longer and more detailed answer. Glocks are lighter, even when fully loaded, so that might be a consideration if you're intending additional duties for these pistols. Also Glocks have more optional support equipment available if you choose to add more fun to things.

Shooting the Beretta will probably be more comfortable as it is a larger heavier platform. The additional mass tends to ease the recoil perception. This might be a consideration if recoil is an issue. This is not to say that any of these platforms have much recoil, it is just that each feels differently under recoil.

The longer sight radius of the 17 and 92 might be helpful if you're interested in target acquisition. Realize that these are service handguns and they will have good accuracy, less than 4” at 25 yards with most factory ammo. Your mileage may vary as the trigger actions on each are designed with self defense in mind. So don't expect Olympic levels of accuracy at 10 metres.

Depending on your area you might get a new 92 just a touch less than a new Glock. They are all right about the $ 600 range new. Used ones are significantly less.

Hope this helps! Good luck shopping. Be sure to write up a range report on what you end up with.


July 31, 2008, 12:06 AM

July 31, 2008, 09:02 AM
Glock 19

July 31, 2008, 10:31 AM
If you want a range/target gun I would suggest the Glock 17L or Glock 34.
My Glock 17L is the most accurate handgun I own. Of course you can also use it for home defense etc........
Even with the 6" barrel it balances extremely well. The new ones come with the 3rd generation frames and they are not compensated.

July 31, 2008, 10:38 AM
They're all good guns. I chose a Glock 17 over the Beretta because I liked the way it shot and it fit my hand better. But it was close. Your mileage may differ. You really can't learn any more from others' opinions. Some people (not me) really dislike the Glock trigger, so it's probably best not to buy a Glock without ever having shot one.

July 31, 2008, 10:51 AM
See which one fits your hand. They are both fine firearms.

July 31, 2008, 10:51 AM
Go and handle them for yourself and decide. I'll tell you Glock but why take the word of a bunch of strangers on the internet?

July 31, 2008, 11:08 AM
Both are "classic" handguns, and both can be found for rent at many shooting ranges. Take them for a test run and make a choice, you won't go wrong with either one!

(I'm partial to the Beretta since I carried an M-9 for many years in the Air Force.)

July 31, 2008, 12:16 PM
I own both a 92FS and a 19 - for an accurate range gun, IMO the beretta is a great choice. It was my first handgun, and I'm most comfortable with it. For me it doesn't work as a CCW, but great for home defense and the range.

The 19 is a great handgun, and if you want some flexibility in that you might decide to carry it in some capacity down the road, then that would be the best choice.

If you decide you want a Glock, and you have no intention carrying it - range gun only, then I would go for the 17.

But with any of them you can't go wrong!

July 31, 2008, 12:37 PM
don't really like small guns, not too comfortable when firing it, I bought both the G17 and 92fs, You should too.

July 31, 2008, 12:53 PM
i am not a fan of the beretta's 92 series, and da/sa guns. but they do work and they are reliable and have the possibility of being accurate but they are not my first choice, especially out of the list that you have. also they are just to big for my hands and uncomfortable to shoot.

i say get the glock 19, i wish i still had the one that i sold and i am sure that i will get another one in the future. they are an all around great gun, they are reliable, accurate, replacement parts are cheap and easy to find. they are easy to shot and maintain and there are gobs of acessories out there made for the glock line. the 17's are great and the added barrel and sight radius would maybe get a little more accuracy out of it, but i would take the 19, you might get it and descide that you want to carry it, and then the 19 would be the best choice of the two for that.

i so go for the 19

July 31, 2008, 07:11 PM
Having owned a G19, 17, 34, and 23, I can tell you the G34 is as accurate as the Beretta, but between the other 3, the Beretta wins when at the range. It groups very tight, but I would not consider carrying it.

July 31, 2008, 07:19 PM
Strictly for the range...the Beretta. But if carrying is in the plan, go with the Glock. I own both btw.

July 31, 2008, 07:19 PM
glock 19

July 31, 2008, 07:25 PM
Plus they can be purdy :D

July 31, 2008, 08:41 PM
Id say for the range go with either the 17 or the Beretta. The larger guns will have a longer sight radius and and more mass to absorb the recoil.

July 31, 2008, 09:29 PM
Range gun, no need for concealed, might as well get the one that makes ripping the X out of your target simple. Go Beretta!

August 1, 2008, 11:51 AM

August 1, 2008, 12:24 PM
After reading the posts l understand the issue of no range that rents guns. It does make it tougher.

They are both great guns with loyal supporters. If you cannot fire then go to gunstore that has both and see which one works for YOU!

If this truly is a range gun then the G17 or 92FS are great picks.

I owned both the G17 and G19 and found them about equal in accuracy and ability to CCW. I have tried several 92FS and found them a bit bulky.


August 1, 2008, 12:33 PM
These are VASTLY different guns - like apples and oranges.

Striker fired internal safety polymer vs. Hammer fired steel double/single action handguns.

Go with Glock. I am a Glock fan through and through. They are all business. If you like Glocks, consider the XDs too. They are nearly as good in my opinion.

A Beretta 92 was my first handgun. As much as I wanted to love it, it was just too big for a 9mm. The thing is huge for a 9mm with only 16 round capacity. If you like Berettas, consider the CZs. They are more reliable, smaller, more ergonomic and $100 less.

August 1, 2008, 01:28 PM
You say you are looking for a range gun, and the Beretta is a better choice for that role. Out of all the semiautos I've shot it is the easiest to shoot accurately at the range. It feels very stable under recoil, and the slide feels like ball bearings on glass. Size and weight don't matter if you are not going to carry it.

August 1, 2008, 01:43 PM
I have a Glock 19 and 92FS INOX. The Beretta is a beautiful gun.

I prefer the simplicity of the Glock. I'll get a Glock 17 over a Beretta. My 92 is a safe queen. rarely shot. I may even consider getting rid of it in the future. I will keep my glock's forever.

August 1, 2008, 02:35 PM
C.C.W. 19
Range, Home, & Vehicle: 17


August 1, 2008, 03:05 PM
I'd definitely go with Beretta. The Glock trigger hurts my finger after 50 rounds.

August 1, 2008, 03:14 PM
I've owned the Beretta, carried and shot one in the military. It's a great range piece to start out with, is user friendly and range friendly - it has a safety that is obvious to manipulate, and perceptively better for commands from the "tower." The weight and percieved reduction in recoil will help get more rounds in the black to start, which won't hurt your success any.

I own a G19C, the shorter sight radius and slightly higher percieved recoil tend to work against me. I get a few more flyers on fast followup shots, which I anticipated fewer, and less recoil. It's got compensating ports, for crying out loud. But it's a good carry piece, not huge on the belt, or wallet.

Your alternate uses will make up the difference in what you do. For Duty or range, the larger pistols have advantages in open carry and use. For personal protection off the range, the G19 is better. None of these are easy to conceal if you plan to do that.

August 1, 2008, 03:34 PM

August 1, 2008, 04:38 PM
Aquapong - that's a lovely Beretta!

August 1, 2008, 05:05 PM
I personally prefer the G19, the 92FS is just too big and heavy for my tastes. However, you never specified what you plan to use it for (unless I just missed it). For example, for a range gun the size of the 92FS isn't such a bad thing. However if you plan to carry the G19 stands far above the 92FS. Overall they are both great, but I am definitely a drinker of the Glock kool-aid.

August 1, 2008, 05:13 PM
You should have made this a vote thread. :) I have never owned one of the Beretta, because my former marine buddy told me he hated his. However, I do have several Glocks. No, I'm not a Glock-fan-boy. I also like my Colts.

For a range Glock, the 19 is nice, but a bit light, and has a short sight radius. The 17 is better in that sense. Either can also doubt for CCW if you ever choose. However, I suggest the Glock 34. Now that is a range pistol! Holy moly they are accurate. I even use mine for CCW. :)

Best of luck in deciding. Follow up with some pictures of the pistol and the range targets. In closing, I suggest you try to locate someone who owns the pistols that interest you, and see if you can meet up to test them. Go with what feels best in-the-hand.


August 1, 2008, 08:03 PM
Having carried and used a Beretta 92F daily for most of 25 years, my vote would go to the Glock 19. Even as a range gun, the G19 seems to be much more enjoyable to shoot that the Beretta 92F. At least it's much more enjoyable as far as I'm concerned.

The Beretta is a heavy, full size and bulky pistol and not extremely easy to conceal if used as a carry gun. The G19 is lighter, mid-sized as compared to the Beretta 92F and fairly easy to conceal on most people who know how to carry concealed and have the right equipment.

However, having said that, the Beretta 92F isn't a bad gun at all. You have the heavy pull on the first shot, then fairly light for subsequent shots, provided you don't de-cock it. I never had any reliability problems with the Beretta 92F in all the years I caarried and shot it for monthly qualification.

Both are very reliable mechanically and are more accurate with quality 9mm ammunition than most shooters can hope to be. My feelings wouldn't be hurt if I used either of these fine weapons. But my choice would be the G19. Why? I carried the Beretta 92F for so long, why not try something else?

August 2, 2008, 07:47 AM
All are very good guns. The 92 is a big gun. If you want to carry the gun I think a G19 is your choice.

August 2, 2008, 07:59 AM
If you're EVER going to carry it get the G19. Very versatile handgun. Try them all and see what you like. The Beretta is the prettiest though.

August 2, 2008, 08:34 AM
Have owned Berettas and Glocks (17 and 19). Either are a good choice but for defense Glock is the only choice.

There are many surplus police Glocks available for reasonable prices (under 400). Both of mine are retired Dallas PD that display only a bit of holster wear.

Glock still outsells all other makes for PD/LE. It's ugly and utterly reliable.


August 2, 2008, 09:00 AM

Pops 1
August 2, 2008, 10:52 AM
I have owned a 92, 17 and 19. The 19 is the winner in my book. Pops

August 2, 2008, 12:48 PM
I have carried both on duty and own both models now.

Both are very reliable and can be easily accessorized.

If I wanted just a range gun, then the BERETTA is the best choice. It is very accurate. You do not have to fire your first shot double action on a range unless you are combat shooting, so the double action trigger is not a problem. (I prefer the DOUBLE ACTION ONLY VERSIONS for my own use).

If you might carry the gun concealled, then the GLOCK 19 is the best choice. It is the easist to conceal and my favorite GLOCK model.

If you have a friend with either model, see if you can get one of them to loan it to you. Otherwise, try the grip feel and action at a gun store and decide which fits you best.

Either one is a good choice.

Good luck,


August 2, 2008, 03:11 PM
Before you decide, you'd do well to take a road trip to a range that does rent these guns (and a few others to try). You'll find the investment will be worth it when deciding....

August 2, 2008, 03:20 PM
I second what Seeker Two said! However for me the Beretta 92fs is a better fit, however if you plan on carrying it concealed go G19 as its not quite as large. If you go 92fs check out the new Mec Gar opti mags with 20rd capacity.

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