Beretta 90 Series .22LR Conversion Kit - Initial Test


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RidgwayCO
May 29, 2010, 11:43 PM
My Beretta .22LR Conversion Kit arrived yesterday, and I was able to get to the indoor range today for a quick "function check." In a word, I'm impressed!

The kit arrived in a Beretta hard case, which is a nice touch. The quality of the kit's fit and finish is equivalent to all the Beretta pistols I've ever owned or seen... i.e. very good. Before going to the range, all I did was ensure the barrel's bore was clean, and then clean and lubricate the slide rails. The kit goes together intuitively, and the fit to my 92FS was superb.

At the range, the first shot of any new pistol is always "interesting," but in this case it was anti-climatic. The pistol simply went "bang" and the hole in the target (from 7 yards initially) was pretty close to where I aimed. The next nine rounds landed very close to the first round, resulting in a 2" group. It appears the sights need to be adjusted (to move the group to the right and down a bit), but that's not unusual for any new gun. I also fired at 25 yards to see what the grouping would be like. It's obvious the conversion does not make the 92FS a dedicated "target gun", but proved itself more than adequate for plinking. However, I might be taking the 92FS to my local gunsmith for a trigger job now...

I proceeded to fire a total of 100 CCI Blaser .22LR rounds downrange without a single hiccup. I haven't installed the D spring on my 92FS yet, so it'll be interesting to see if that mod makes any difference to reliability. I'm also looking forward to taking it to the outdoor range and seeing how the conversion kit performs at 50 and 100 yards.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. I can now use my 92FS with inexpensive bulk ammo .22LR for some cheap "trigger time" and know that I'm still working with the same trigger pull, and similar sights and safety. Life is good!

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skipsan
May 30, 2010, 12:35 AM
It was my experience that the Beretta .22lr kit would NOT run reliably with a "D" spring installed. I had about 20% no-fires with all types of ammo. I'm not sure what the rating is on a "D" spring--I think its 15#, but not sure. I also think that stock for an M92 is 20#. Ordered a range of mainsprings from 15# to 20#. The kit works reliably with an 18# spring, and the negative affects on trigger pull (increase over the D spring value) is minimal.

RidgwayCO
June 3, 2010, 01:36 AM
OK, for those of you who are interested, here are some photos of the above Conversion Kit:

The kit contents:

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/127/beretta22lrcnvrsnkit1.jpg

And here are a couple of photos of the kit when mounted on my Model 92FS:

http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/4309/beretta22lrcnvrsnkit3.jpg
http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/421/beretta22lrcnvrsnkit2.jpg

matai
June 3, 2010, 02:01 AM
Where did you get it? Aren't they out of production?

RidgwayCO
June 3, 2010, 02:10 AM
Purchased direct from Beretta USA for $349 plus shipping just recently.

http://www.berettausa.com/products/92-series-22-lr-practice-kit/

Shipwreck
June 3, 2010, 12:24 PM
Where did you get it? Aren't they out of production?

No, they are selling some again

Sheldon
June 4, 2010, 01:43 AM
Had one and sold it off. Shot high for me even with the sight all the way down. Other thing was the steel slide stop started to really ding up and raise a bur on the spot on the aluminum slide where it enagaged upon slide lock. Fun kit, but I didn't use it enough to justify keeping it. I had bought it used and sold it for what I had in it. I use my Ruger MKII a lot in its place.

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