Beretta 92FS


February 3, 2013, 03:51 AM
Considering buying a 92FS, but cannot decide if I want the standard blue model or the Inox model with wood grips. I notice the Inox now has black controls. Is there any advantage to the Inox model? I have seen some reviews say the finish rubs off.

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February 3, 2013, 06:13 AM
Eventually yes, but the black finish ('bruniton') seems much more durable than regular bluing. My 92F has fairly severe holster wear but that's a result of two decades of semi-regular carry use. Given the choice, I'd prefer Inox, mainly because wear is less visible, resistance to rust and corrosion is better and stainless steel is easier to refinish by media blasting and/or polishing. But that's just me, of course.

February 3, 2013, 06:16 AM
Maybe look at the Taurus model? I've heard nothing but good about the Taurus 92 copy and they're cheaper with a lifetime warranty. Beretta will only cover the gun for 3 years (I think).

Both have had the locking block redesigned to fix the issue that the pistol used to have with constantly breaking that part. Another bonus to the Taurus PT92 is the frame mounted safety. It is just easier to operate IMO.

February 3, 2013, 06:24 AM
Inox holds its value better.. Otherwise its just a preference...

February 3, 2013, 06:35 AM
I like the black ones better but have a friend who only likes the stainless. Id get the one you like. I think the Italian ones come with all stainless controls while the American made ones come with black.

February 3, 2013, 08:46 AM
The blued finish is going to wear off with holster use. The rate at which this happens will depend on the type of holster used. Since you will end up with a partially shiny gun anyhow, you should go with the Inox, especially for future resale potential.

Russ Jackson
February 3, 2013, 08:56 AM
Look at the Taurus PT92.

February 3, 2013, 09:49 AM
The blued finish is going to wear off with holster use.

If you are talking about Beretta's "Bruniton" finish, it is extremely durable. I've had an M85FS for about ten years that I CCW about half the time, and re-holster the gun each morning and night to check it, so its gone in and out of a holster A LOT. It shows no finish wear as of yet.

February 3, 2013, 09:58 AM
This picture taken yesterday (ignore the SIG) is what I'm talking about. All holster contact points are heavily worn after a few years of heavy use in a Fobus holster. Different materials will wear on the finish differently.

February 3, 2013, 11:25 AM
The Fobus holster is plastic, right? The Bianchi holster I carry the 85FS in is ballistic nylon. The harder surface must affect the finish more. I only use leather or nylon holsters, so no experience with the Fobus. I've even carried what some consider the fragily blued HK P7 in a nylon holster for years with no visible wear.

February 3, 2013, 11:47 AM
Yes it's plastic. I used to carry another 92fs concealed by use of an 'in the pants' style holster which was made out of fabric (Uncle Mikes) which also wore through the finish after a few years of heavy use. I shoot a lot, therefore use my holster a lot. My holsters wear out too. The OP is concerned with potential for the finish on the gun to wear out. My experience on two separate guns of the same model with two different types of holster indicate that this is not only possible, but likely under certain circumstances.

February 3, 2013, 02:21 PM
Thanks. I really like the look of the Inox, just want it do be as durable as most SS finish guns. And yes I have looked at PT92, but not a big fan. Prefer the quality and pedigree of the Beretta

February 3, 2013, 03:00 PM
"Look at the Taurus PT92."

Russ there was a time when I would have agreed with you. However now, as Taurus quality has slacked a bit and Beretta quality has increased a bit, with the prices of the two near equal I will have to say the Beretta is the better bargain now.

February 3, 2013, 03:05 PM
The Inox will be more durable and have a higher resale.

February 3, 2013, 03:06 PM
I like the older Inox pistols before they went to black plastic small parts but just picked up a M9A1 (with plastic parts) thinking of getting the steel trigger and guiderod upgrades but wow the pistol shoots tight groups.. just not sure I want to dink with something already preforming so well. I also like the US factory roll-marks better than the Italian ones.

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