First impressions of 92fs compact m9a1 Inox


January 7, 2013, 06:40 PM
Hello all. Having just recently purchased a new Beretta 92FS Compact M9a1 Inox a couple days I thought I would do a quick and dirty post about my first impressions. The gun itself has an absolutely beautiful stainless fit and finish to it as all Inox's do. Having owned a full size M9a1 it is basically the same gun but in a more "compact" package but if you've ever held one you know it's really not all that compact. The grips are fat just as the full size versions are but I did notice my trigger finger is closer with compact version as with the full size I had an issue reaching the trigger on DA using a correct grip while with the 92 compact the distance is about perfect in DA and I can handle that long, tough first trigger pull without a problem. It is DA/SA just as the standard full size versions are. It holds 13 rounds in the mag as opposed to 15 or 17 in the full size (I can't remember off hand how many rds my full M9a1 mags used to hold) and the mags have a small pinky rest at the bottom which just barely cover my pinky. I have small to medium sized hands so those with large hands may have trouble getting a full grip on the gun and I haven't seen any larger aftermarket pinky rests out there but I haven't shopped around for them either. The biggest difference between the 92fs m9a1 compact Inox and the full size version were the 3 dot sights painted red as opposed to the standard white. This isn't an issue for me but it will take some getting used to. The only modification I am thinking about making to the gun are the grips. The glossy, hard plastic factory grips can't get pretty slick if your hands get a little sweaty or if you get any oil residue on your hands...I think some rubber hogue grips or the sharp looking walnut grips would do the trick. The grip also aggressive checkering on the backstrap as does the full size model.

At the range today I ran 50rds of standard American Eagle 115 grain 9mm Luger through it. Absolutely no problems and it was a pleasure to shoot. It had hardly any recoil and the trigger felt very smooth although as with any DA/SA pistol the first trigger pull takes some practice. The gun was more accurate than me and the few mags I shot were right down the pipe although the last mag I started flinching left and that may have been due to a change in my grip that I attempted so it definetly wasn't the gun's fault. All in all I absolutely love the gun and it is a great replacement for the full size I had to regrettably sell a couple of months ago. At this point I'd be willing to bet that I'm gonna enjoy this gun more than the full size version.

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January 7, 2013, 06:41 PM
A couple more pics

January 7, 2013, 06:42 PM
First 50rds down range.

January 7, 2013, 06:49 PM
I love the look of Beretta's! But the sexiest ones of all (IMHO) are the INOX pistols. Just a nice finish on a classic look.

I know it probably isn't politically correct these days to say guns look cool or sexy or whatever, but I can't deny it, that looks nice.

January 7, 2013, 06:51 PM
One last pic. Sorry for the quality.

January 7, 2013, 06:52 PM
Politically correct or not I have to agree with you. Beretta's are some sexy guns!

January 7, 2013, 06:52 PM
i have a 92 fs i bought it new in 1993 mine was made in Italy
i love it untold rounds down range this gun rocks

January 7, 2013, 07:09 PM
I also apologize for my horrific typing skills on my cell phone.

January 8, 2013, 10:52 AM
I didn't know that they continued to make the compact model. I think it's a nice complement for those who like the Beretta but have a problem with the fat grip. That was always one thing that I disliked. Ultimately I decided to get away from DA/SA guns, but when I was still big on Beretta I preferred the Vertec because it addressed that grip issue.

Thanks for the review!

January 8, 2013, 12:59 PM
Congrats. People at the Beretta Forum have been waiting a year for that to hit the shelves.

I have two of the regular compacts. I'd buy this model if it came out in black, because I'm just not an Inox fan, myself.

They do make hogue grips for the Type L compact 92FS that will fit your gun. See below:

January 8, 2013, 02:52 PM
Thank you Shipwreck. I ended up ordering some G10 chain link grips from Hogue but they just sent me an email stating that the grips won't be available to ship for 30 days. It would be nice if they would communicate that to people before they order! I noticed you said mine is a type L which is also on the slide. What does this mean? Will standard 92 compact grips fit on this model, such as the type I ordered? Hogue was pretty general in their description just stating Beretta 92 compact grips and no specific model(s). I figure your pretty much the Beretta authority so who better to ask!

January 8, 2013, 04:52 PM
Looks about the same size as a S&W 5906.

wild cat mccane
January 8, 2013, 04:52 PM
I have heard the INOX actually isn't very rust resistant because of what is used by Beretta as a treatment top layer.


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