beretta help!!


December 25, 2008, 12:18 AM
something is wrong with my beretta 92fs. for some reason it seems the finish is coming off in tiny spots and a couple of scratch type marks around were the webbing of the hand fits in. it recently started on the front of the grip were the fingers go around. im not sure whats causing it the only thing i can think of is that its old and the finish is slowly wearing off. but i dont honestly think thats it. has anyone had the same type of problem.

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December 25, 2008, 03:03 AM
Can you take pics? You also might get more info if you post this at Might help to get more eyes on the problem from guys who are passionate about the brand.

December 25, 2008, 04:45 AM
here are some of the pictures. i took them with my phone but you can clearly see were the finish is comming off. at least i think thats what it is.

December 25, 2008, 06:05 AM
Sounds like you need to wipe down your gun more often with silicone cloth after you're done handling them. The acids from your hands will, given time, eat bluing and even cause rusting if ignored long enough and given the right environmental conditions.

December 25, 2008, 03:04 PM
The lower on a Beretta is aluminum. Hard to tell from the pick, but it could just be dirt, dead skin from your hand, etc. Have you tried running a toothpick or a Q-Tip down the vertical backstraps to ensure it's not debris?

December 25, 2008, 03:31 PM
Yes, sometimes dried skin flakes stick to a gun and get in the little crevices and pits in the metal that are hard to get out.

December 25, 2008, 06:21 PM
none of it came off with a cuetip. the guys at target master were i shoot said they're scratches. although i do have some heavy duty cleaner which im going to try. how much does it cost to get a gun re coated if this doesn't work?

December 25, 2008, 06:24 PM
Too much. If you want to refinish the gun, at least shoot it a lot more and wear the bejeesus out of the finish.

Unless you do it yourself, a full Duracoat by a pro could run at least a few hundred dollars.

Or... for $15, get a hogue grip sleeve and you will not see it and in a few days, you will forget it. Trust me, I dropped my guns and got scratches on them and I was sad and thought my guns were imperfect but after a few days, I forgot.

December 25, 2008, 06:39 PM
Have you ever seen some of the M9s the military carries in the sand box???
OMG what finish? plastic grips were worn smooth, I had to put houges on mine just to hold onto it. Most of the firearms being used daily by our military have little or no parkerizing left. Some guys use black spray paint to keep the shine down. Hmmmm scratches and missing bluing means you use it. However if this is a brand new firearm the the alum was not prepped properly for bluing. Time to go back to the dealer for a trip to the factory.

Of course I do prefer my stainless pistol over the M9. Better finish and better caliber. Oops now I have started that battle again, Hahhahahaha
Merry Christmas All. No matter what your favorite.

December 25, 2008, 07:05 PM
I have a beretta 92 SB for the last 30 yrs & it still looks like the day that I bought it nice blueing etc, you do have to wipe it down with silicone after handeling it, & dont store it in any leather holsters it tends to collect dampness, Kydex seems ok no problems leaving it in a Kydex holster

December 25, 2008, 08:28 PM
Wiping with silicone is a must after touching a firearm with your hands, unless you live in a dry clime like Los Angeles then you can get away with it more.

December 29, 2008, 01:20 AM
can i buy the silicone cloth at most shooting stores like target master.

December 29, 2008, 01:22 AM
can i buy silicone cloth at most shooting stores.

December 29, 2008, 02:21 AM
sorry about the multiple replys something was up with my internet.

December 29, 2008, 02:27 AM
Most fish and rod stores, sporting good stores (Big 5), any gun store and some hardware stores sell silicone clothes. I just bulk ordered mine from in a 6 pack. Nice to keep in a range bag to wipe down your gun when you're done. It does get your hands all greasy with silicone lube though so make sure you wash well before eating or smoking.

December 29, 2008, 02:40 AM
do i have to worry about my glock to or is it protected against fingerprints due to the tennifer finish?

December 29, 2008, 02:51 AM
The Tennifer finish is actually a lot tougher than you would ever expect. I read a torture study which went beyond Gaston's own torture test.

This guy did everything he could to destroy his Glock and even took steel wool to it and he found that he could not take the Tennifer off other than some color hue differences.

I forget the Rockwell Hardness of the Tennifer finish but it's up there.

So... to answer your question, I wouldn't worry about wiping silicone on Tennifer as much as regular bluing or stainless finishes.

Sad to say, regular bluing on most civilian guns are pretty fragile and will scratch or wear off in short order if you handle it a lot. Just look at police guns. Most have tons of holster wear on blue components, but if you look at a Glock police gun, you'll see the slide release may be shiny from the blue being gone but the slide will be as good as the day it came out of the factory.

I've dropped my Glock and the Tennifer never got chipped. Compare that to any other gun....

December 29, 2008, 07:28 AM
Give this stuff a try.

I bought a bottle at Cabela's, I think. Academy may have it. I certainly wouldn't try it for a refinish, but for a couple of small scratches it should do the trick.

Guns are like cars. If you can't tolerate a scratch or ding, you'd better not drive it.

December 29, 2008, 10:44 AM
I wouldn't bother with touch up... either embrace the "character" or you will forget about it in a few days anyway.

December 29, 2008, 09:53 PM
Those scratches are purely cosmetic. There's nothing wrong with that gun from your picture. It's normal wear and tear. The frame isn't going to rust in those places; it's aluminum.

If you want the gun to stay pristine, don't shoot it, and handle it with gloves like you would in a museum.

Before anyone laughs, understand that some people do that. The enjoyment isn't shooting the guns, for them it's the act of collecting them.

Are you a collector or a shooter? If you're a shooter, you're simply going to have to get accustomed to the fact that the gun is going to accumulate wear and tear. You can either shoot it, or enjoy keeping it looking like new. But you can't have both.

You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

Embrace the wear and tear. It's a machine. It's the price the gun pays as your skill increases.

December 30, 2008, 03:39 AM
Yep, either you shoot it or you baby it. A gun's wear and tear is its badge of honor.

The same goes for Milsurps. You want the history. Every ding and stain tells a tale... even if it's a tale of misery in the mud without a shot being fired.

My dealer told me the story of a guy who bought a dinged up Mosin from him and went home and cleaned up the stock. He steamed it and got the gouges and dents out and he brought back to the store a handful of metal shrapnel. The customer, being a veteran, told the dealer that he picked out all the pieces of the shrapnel out of that stock as he raised the dents. That rifle bore the brunt of an explosive device, grenade or artillery shell... who knows if the soldier survived it. Now, that's something you don't get from a safe queen.

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