Beretta 92fs and PX4 Storm


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CTGunner
February 2, 2013, 09:36 PM
I already have a Px4 Storm that I really like but I'm so tempted to pick up a 92fs...I don't know why but there is something about it that I'm drawn to. With that said do I really need both? What are the advantages of the 92 over the Storm?

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mgmorden
February 2, 2013, 10:31 PM
The 92 has a longer barrel. Can't think of any other major advantages (and even that isn't necessarily always an advantage - longer barrels are good on the target range - not good for concealment).

I've personally never shot a PX4 so I can't comment on it. I do have a 92FS and while its not necessarily a *bad* weapon - I'm thoroughly unimpressed by it.

Its heavy. Factory mags in 9mm only hold 15 rounds (most other pistols of its size hold 17 to 18). Its also a DA/SA which I don't like (I'm a fan of striker-fired guns mostly, but I'm eager to give the tensioned hammer guns like the Walther PPX or the Beretta PX4 C-type a try). The front sight is also a part of the slide on the 92FS (but not some other models) making it impossible to replace.

Though I don't think I'll be getting rid of it, having shot a lot of different handguns the Beretta 92 isn't real high on my list of favorites. If you just want to fill-out your Beretta collection then go for it, but if you're looking to add another gun in general there are a lot of better choices IMHO.

JonnyGringo
February 2, 2013, 10:44 PM
I have faithfully carried a 92fs for about the last 12 years every day but I must agree with mgmorden about danged near everything he has said, lol.

zerofournine
February 2, 2013, 11:04 PM
I have a PX4 in 45acp and I love it. I would sell it in a heartbeat though, if I needed the money. I will never part with my two 92A1's. I have never had a more boring pistol in my life than the 92a1. No matter what ammo I use and no matter how much abuse I throw at them, they are always reliable and accurate. I think if you are the type who needs a challenge or something to tinker with to make it work right, you should avoid the 92s and 96s from Beretta. I say everyone should have at least one good 1911, and a Beretta 92 in their permanent collection.

DeWittDJ
February 2, 2013, 11:19 PM
I own both the PX4 Storm and several 92FS. I carried the 92FS for 23 years in the USMC after they adopted it and dumped the .45ACP. The Colts that we had prior to the Beretta were Navy WWII surplus and extremely inaccurate.

The 92FSs both in the service and the ones that I own perform flawlessly as long as you keep them relatively clean and lubed.

I shot both the 92FS and the Glock in USPSA matches and they both run trouble free, with the Beretta always producing tighter groups than the Glock.

I'd take a SA/DA over any striker fire any day of the week.

powderx
February 2, 2013, 11:26 PM
Two 92fs and two PX4s (one 45, one 9mm) here. I like 'em all but I have a soft spot and nostalgia for the 92fs. I think it's because they're all metal and just feel more substantial.

Pilot
February 2, 2013, 11:36 PM
I've avoided the Beretta 92 series for over twenty years of shooting as a hobby, favoring the Browning Hi Power, CZ-75's, and HK P7's mostly to fill the 9MM role. I shot the big Beretta in the early 90's and it really didn't do anything for me., even thouhg it was new, very popular in movies, military, and law enforcement at the time. I didn't really think about the 92 until shooting one recently. Something clicked, so I bought one.

It has turned out to be a really nice shooting pistol. I like the large grip, as it fits my hand, and its size absorbs the recoil. It is a very soft shooting, and for me a pretty darn accurate pistol. There is also something about it I like that I can't explain, but it may be aesthetics, the quality, the absolute reliability, or just that it is new to me. Who knows, but I know I like it better than the current polymer offerings on the market, although as polymers go the PX-4 Storm looks like a good choice, but I'd get the 92.

blkbrd666
February 2, 2013, 11:46 PM
I have both the 92FS and the PX4. I like the looks of the 92 because I like the open slide. It's plenty accurate, but not as accurate as the rotating barrel Px4. I wouldn't part with either one.

M2 Carbine
February 2, 2013, 11:52 PM
I have both.
They are different but both are good guns.

texgunner
February 3, 2013, 05:15 PM
I doubt you will regret buying an M92. They are really nice guns, great shooters too.

460Kodiak
February 4, 2013, 05:28 PM
I've shot both. Aside from a longer bbl, there is no real advantage.

Factory mags in 9mm only hold 15 rounds

^^^^ This is why I've never bought one. If it held 19 or 20, I would. Also, if they made an all stainless version in 10mm, I'd buy one of those.

PGT
February 4, 2013, 05:53 PM
I ordered 20rd factory mags with my 92FS.

Pilot
February 4, 2013, 07:30 PM
I believe Mec-Gar makes excellent, flush fit 17 or 18 round magazines for the Beretta 92 series.

DATL
February 5, 2013, 12:00 AM
I am always impressed with the 92's accuracy every time I shoot my 92fs. It's a handsome gun and the action is smooth as butter. It's big though. funny thing though most all my friends that shoot mine end up having tighter groups than the pistol(s) they brought. Sure perhaps some were compact but some were full sized too! I say get one you like Beretta anyhow so I'm sure you will love it!

ugaarguy
February 5, 2013, 02:34 AM
If you want the 92 get it. If I owned a PX4 (or a 92 for that matter) and had wanted to use disposable income on a companion gun I'd try to find a CX4 carbine to share mags with it. Your desires may be different.

JohnKSa
February 5, 2013, 02:47 AM
...Factory mags in 9mm only hold 15 rounds...There are factory 17 round flush-fit magazines now available for both the 92FS and the Beretta CX4 9mm pistols.

You can also get factory 20 round magazines for either gun if you don't mind the mags sticking out of the grip.

Bobson
February 5, 2013, 03:06 AM
I wouldn't bother with the 92 unless you've already spent time shooting it and know you like it, and really gotta have it. Its nothing special, IMO; but there are some diehard fans out there - as with most things.

Of course, my policy on guns is, if the niche is filled, its filled. I have a Glock 19, so I won't buy another full-size or subcompact automatic handgun unless its a backup Glock 19. Just doesn't make sense to me. I know mine is an uncommon approach.

RetiredUSNChief
February 5, 2013, 03:30 AM
I already have a Px4 Storm that I really like but I'm so tempted to pick up a 92fs...I don't know why but there is something about it that I'm drawn to. With that said do I really need both? What are the advantages of the 92 over the Storm?

Well...there's "need"...and then there's "need".

:neener:

Just because you might pick up a Beretta 92FS DOESN'T automatically mean you must give up your Storm, you know. It's not as if this is a contest of absolutes. You can have BOTH.

I currently own three handguns. I'll be purchasing more in the future, to be sure.

My primary CCW is my Colt 1991A1 (full sized). I have a Beretta 92FS and an AMT Automag II. None of this means I wouldn't buy another pistol in the same, or different, calibers.

A pistol is more than a practical CCW. It's a work of art, a beauty all in its own. It's a range toy, to be used for the pure pleasure of target shooting. It's a plinker in the field. It's a varmit pistol on hunting/fishing trips. It's a show piece. It's a memory of times past. It's an heirloom. It's a piece of history. It's a collector's item. It's an investment.

Since you have a perfectly servicable pistol already in the PX4, "need" probably doesn't describe the desire for another pistol of any kind. "Want" would be a better descriptor.


"I don't know why but there is something about it that I'm drawn to."

Sounds to me like you want a Beretta 92FS simply because it's a beautiful pistol. And that's as good a reason as any, in my opinion.

:)

bannockburn
February 5, 2013, 08:05 AM
I have never been a big fan of the Beretta Model 92 mainly because it's too big for my hand (in terms of the grip shape), its DA/SA trigger design, and its slide mounted safety. The only variant of this series that feels half way decent is the Vertec model. I would stay with the PX4 Storm and not bother with a Model 92FS.

The_Armed_Therapist
February 5, 2013, 09:30 AM
They're both great! I prefer the Storm, though. The ergonomics are pretty good, and it's more comfortable in my hand.

grptelli
February 5, 2013, 09:47 AM
I have both in 9mm. Terrific guns for the money....


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Madcap_Magician
February 5, 2013, 09:48 AM
I have a Beretta 92A1.

The only criticism of it that can be substantiated is that it's a big pistol. Very big.

But it's soft shooting, accurate, ergonomic, and attractive. The 92A1 has a dovetailed front sight in addition to the dovetailed rear sight, and comes standard with three excellent 17-round magazines. Not sure what they're coated with, but nothing sticks to them. Is it easy to CC? No, not really, but it's a great gun.

460Kodiak
February 5, 2013, 10:10 AM
Yeah man, if you want it, and have the money, then go for it. I have several .45's and while I only "need" one, I love them all.

PGT
February 5, 2013, 10:42 AM
INot sure what they're coated with, but nothing sticks to them.

Teflon. In addition to the sights, the other major difference with an A1 is the beveled mag well for faster reloads. These changes were apparently made from experience in Afghanistan, or so the Beretta website says. The mags are called "sandproof".

JTQ
February 5, 2013, 10:42 AM
If I'm shooting 9mm, I'd rather have the 92FS.

The advantage to the PX4 is you can get it in .45ACP.

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