I finally get my hands on a Beretta 92


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au_prospector
January 19, 2013, 08:38 PM
When I was in the Air Force Security Police in the late 1980's my unit upgraded to the Beretta 92F from aging S&W Model 15 revolvers. My local source, GT Distributors recently picked up a batch of Model 15 revolvers AND Beretta 92FS pistols courtesy of Manatee County Florida Sheriffs Department. I could not resist!

I had been looking for copies of each for nostalgia reasons as I qualified on both in the military. I know, they are police turn ins, but both are in good shape with sharp rifling in the barrels so I really dont care about that. I have to give kudos to the Manatee County armorer as both firearms appear to have had trigger work. The revolver is light and crisp with no slack or hitch. The pistol is smooth as silk start to finish, quality job.

My question is on the 92FS. I looked it up, the production dates to 2001. It has Trijicon night sights, the crystal light emitting kind that are outlined in white. They are marked Trijicon T H3 00. I believe this means Tritium emitter crystals manufactured in 2000. They emit light, but you cant pick them up in low light and they are not very bright in total darkness. How bright should they be? Has anyone ever sent a slide in for Trijicon to replace the crystals? Is it worth the hassle/cost?

Oh yeah I almost forgot. I paid $280 for the Beretta and $320 for the revolver. :neener: I thought I did good, but if not then I ended up with what I wanted which is 2 shooters that I can say I carried on a daily basis as a kid 25 years ago.

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TonyDedo
January 19, 2013, 08:44 PM
Sorry I can't answer your question about the sights, but I'd love to get my hands on one of those Berettas. Are they available to the general public, or are you an LEO?

skipsan
January 19, 2013, 08:54 PM
I think tritium has a half-life of around 12 years, so yours would be approximately half as bright as when new or in year 2000. Replacing the ampules I believe would be around $100.

au_prospector
January 19, 2013, 08:55 PM
I live close to the Rossville Georgia retail store.
They sell to the public, though some NEW product lines are only sold to LE.
For example they can only sell new Rugers to LE, but can sell used Rugers to the public. I believe they can sell NEW Glock and Springfields to the public.
They sell new and used long guns too.

They send buyers out to attend police auctions and bulk buy police service turn ins, confiscations, and weapons surrendered by the public which are not destroyed.

I guess I am lucky. In Georgia it is cash and carry with a weapons permit.

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