Beretta 92 - Things to look for


December 22, 2003, 05:09 PM
I have the oportunity to buy a beretta 92 from a good friend of mine not sure specific year or model yet but it's a few years old fired maybe 20 rounds through it and he's selling it for 250 bucks. I know this is a great deal so I want to jump on it but first I want to know if there are any things to be especially careful of before I get this from him. Any really serious problems 92s are particularly prone to?

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Tony Z
December 22, 2003, 05:56 PM

Mine has functioned flawlessly for several years and 1000s of rounds. I have the 92 FS Inox made in the USA. The gun still looks like new. For a combat 9mm Auto the berretta 92's are very strong, accurate and reliable weapons.
For the price you mentioned, buy it.

Tony Z

December 22, 2003, 07:05 PM
Well if you consider total reliability & fantastic accuracy problems :rolleyes: I have 2 Italian 92's vintage early 90's that have been absolulely great shooters. At the price you mentioned, you can't go wrong ;)

December 22, 2003, 07:30 PM
Berettas are reliable and accurate -- I have four. :D If you decide to buy, come on board to the Beretta forum at and check out Langdon Tactical for customizing at ;)

December 22, 2003, 07:45 PM
The only problem is getting the transaction done while trying to keep a straight face,and not letting your conscience bother you.:D

December 22, 2003, 07:56 PM
I bought a beretta NEOS last week my 10 day waiting period is up christmas eve. I'm very excited about it and love how the 92 fire so I may be the newest beretta lover. I've already fallen in love with Kimber and Sig Beretta is only inevitable so even if I can't get ahold of the 92 I'll join beretta forum anyway:D

December 22, 2003, 09:26 PM
$250 is a steal. I don't think you'll have any problems with your new Beretta, other than wanting to shoot it all the time! If it turns out to be pretty old it may have the old locking block design in it with the squared-off ears. You can replace it with a newer version if you want to from BUSA ( or LTT ( But if its got that many rounds thru it you should be fine.

December 22, 2003, 09:39 PM
Unless the thing's broken in half or hot property $250 is a giveaway price. A used Beretta in excellent shape is usually worth more than $400.

December 23, 2003, 09:20 AM
I have a 92F Centurion that has been flawless for me. The only thing I don't like about mine is the trigger. Awful lot of takeup in DA and SA. I'm used to it now but still don't like it. I'd check that the slide holds back on an empty mag, I'd check the trigger out for takeup and break and that it works properly in DA and SA modes, I'd check the slide to frame fit for excess play in the vertical and horizontal directions, I'd check to make sure the firing pin rotates 90 deg. when the safety is activated with the pistol cocked (the firing pin should rotate and the hammer should fall when the safety is engaged), and look at the crown on the barrel to make sure it hasn't been dinged up. If all that looks good I'd say you're stealing from a friend.


December 23, 2003, 04:20 PM
There's really not much to go wrong, even in a high-count 92. Two things come to mind. First, the old style locking blocks sometimes will crack after stress fractures rise in some of the sharp corners. The fix is to replace it before it cracks. The only other issue is that, like many other modern pistols, some of the small springs occasionally break. This isn't unique to the 92/96 pistols. Basically, the 92 is pretty close to indestructible.

December 23, 2003, 04:26 PM
This ( will help as far as the locking block goes. I found it on The Beretta Forum (

December 23, 2003, 09:35 PM
Thanks, I'd lost the link to that article on locking blocks.

December 24, 2003, 09:12 PM
Where is a good source for new locking blocks? Only Beretta?

December 24, 2003, 09:33 PM - parts only or expert fitting by Ernie Langdon, or probably from BUSA.

December 25, 2003, 01:27 AM
More at that price! :D :D

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