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Anyone else like "Beretta Wheels" :)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Shipwreck, May 18, 2013.

  1. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Today at a gun show, I picked up another new 92FS with factory night sights today - No, only I only have 1 left without night sights...

    Not 9 like before (I eliminated railed models and the compacts - I like the balance of the basic 92FS) - but 7 is still enough for a Beretta Wheel.

    The Wheel is back :rock:

  2. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    I welcome back "The Wheel-O-Beretta's".
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    You can never have enough of a good thing. Keep on wheelin'... and dealin' for those Berettas 92s.
  4. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    I dunno, I kinda (sniff) miss the old Wheel. I liked seeing the variety of 92s out there. Straight frames, tapered frames, railed frames, full size, compact, Italian, US.

    The new Wheel, while excelling at symmetry, lacks just a little in the diversity department.
  5. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Glad the wheel is turning again, but while not a proponent of artificially, forced, diversity in a social or cultural sense, I too would like to see more variety.

  6. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Well, I sold two 92A1s, Two M9A1s and two 92 compacts.

    I didn't like the way the railed models balanced. I honestly can tell the difference. They are more front heavy. And, I don't like the M9A1 checkering. Its too shallow to be effective IMHO. I like the plain serrations. I get a better grip with them.

    I sold the compacts because I MUST have rubber grips on my guns. For whatever reason - the hogue grip panels for the 92 compacts are fatter than the ones for the fullsize 92. The don't taper towards the front of the grip like the fullsize ones do.

    The compacts balance nicely, but I have small hands. The hogue grips for the compact make the grip too big for my hand. And, I do not like the factory grips. I tried to deal with it for over 2 years. I finally decided to sell them and just buy more of the 1 model I like.
  7. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    I still want to see it in INOX. ;)
  8. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Haha, not gonna happen. While I love stainless/hard chromed/silver guns... Even love stainless slides on polymer guns... No plans for a silver 92. Just doesn't do it for me. the 92FS is the only gun I ONLY like in black :)

    I've owned a couple of Inox models years ago... Just didn't do it for me...
  9. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    I also have small hands and never felt comfortable with the grip design on the Compact models. Best fit for me is still in a Model 92 is the Vertac.
  10. postalnut25

    postalnut25 Well-Known Member


    I have small hands, too, and I found the best grip to be the replacement panels from Trausch Grips.
  11. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Desoite small hands, the 92FS with hogue grip panels (NOT the ones with the finger grooves - they make the grip too big) fits perfectly --- Assuming it is the fullsize model with the curved dustcover. That version has that small inset at the top of the back strap.

    The straight dustcover version does not... And that little change is enough to make the gun not feel "perfect"

    I do have one straight dustcover version... With just like 50 rounds thru it to make sure it works. I plan to give it to my son one day when he is much older. He's going to be a huge guy at 6'4" with the way he is growing. So, he won't have the issue with small hands that I do.
  12. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    Black or INOX, it still makes me want to go shoot my M9.
  13. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Did you ever try the Type M?
  14. click clack

    click clack Well-Known Member

    I liked the wheel that had some flavor to it.. This one is sweet none the less but, I gotta ask: why? Aside from the Ital and dust cover model, what's the difference in those other 5? Just different mfg dates or what?
  15. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Shipwreck, Bro or Sis, what I REALLY want to see is your stash of Beretta magazines.

    Many spokes on that wheel no doubt.
  16. gunnutery

    gunnutery Well-Known Member

    Click Clack kind of beat me to my question. I really like my 92fs, but I can't really see myself owning a lot of the same model, unless I was going to outfit my family with the same models to ease maintenence, sharing mags, common features, etc.

    I mean, no offense, I'm glad you're happy with your new wheel, but like others have said, I liked the one with more "flavors."

    Had I known you were looking to get rid of your railed models, I would've seriously considered trading with you. My next gun "project" is going to be getting an EZ rail and a TLR-1 for my 92fs. It already plays the night stand roll, and I want it to be ready for action at zero-dark-thirty.
  17. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    A real Beretta wheel (gun)

  18. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    I have held one. But, I have an aversion to buying used. Plus, mags are like $60 for a type M. And, I don't think one can easily find rubber grips for a Type M anyway... As the rubbers grips are no longer made, it would cost a pretty penny.

    To me, the fullsize 92 grip with hogue grips is just perfect, though....

    There is no difference. They are essentially all the same... Minus the one with the dust cover... That's what I wanted...

    Honestly. I'll give ya the real answer

    I used to think the guys with so many of the same gun/brand were crazy... In the past, I have had duplicates of the same gun a few times... Just two. And, I'd ALWAYS end up selling one of them to pay for something new I'd eventually come across.

    However, I have been in constant gun buying mode since around 1996. And, I've owned pretty much everything at one time or another.... I was always buying something, and paying off a gun. And, I have my next 2 or 3 gun purchases all planned out. And, I'd always be selling something that I lost interest in - so I could buy the next thing or pay something off. I've been doing this for years.

    As for the Berettas specifically... I've always liked the platform, and I've owned several over the years. About 4 years ago, I got the bug again. And, I started carrying a fullsize 92 concealed for about three years straight (I had to stop about a year ago due to an unrelated groin injury - I could probably start carrying it again soon). Then, I started getting some of the variants.

    Over time, I found that the platform is my favorite. I know how to strip the frame down completely, and I can customize/change parts on my own. Also, I shoot them very well, and I found that with rubber grip panels, I like the platform better than I do 1911s. In a 1 handed grip, the 92 balances super nicely. I really like the undercut of the trigger guard too.

    After a while, I began to sell off my other guns one by one (including two high end 1911s), and buy Beretta after Beretta... I started collecting a 2nd set of the various models I had - a set I would occasionally shoot, but one that would mostly sit in the safe and not get beat up like the ones I use for carry guns. At first, I bought the first duplicate as a gift I would hold on to for when my son got older. And, I sorta told myself that with the purchase of each duplicate.

    Then, I made a slight change about 3-4 months ago... I sold two 92A1s, Two M9A1s and two 92 compacts (as explained above in an earlier post).

    Now, I WANT all the same model... It's my favorite and most comfortable handgun out of everything. And, I feel like I've probably owned pretty much everything at one point or another. Now, this is all I want.
    Last edited: May 22, 2013
  19. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Well, actually, with Houston and Austin so close, I only do face to face sales. I always sell a gun in a week or less that way. Plus, I was only selling them for $ to buy more regular 92FS models...

    Yes, I needa take a photo of that one day. I do have a hell of a lot of them :)
  20. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    I like the idea of multiples of one gun. I used to think the Beretta wheel was just an interesting novelty, but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes to me.

    For the young guy or the guy new to shooting it is probably a good idea to try different guns and different calibers to see what you like, but after you've figured it out what you like, just go with what works for you.

    I often think of the potential problems guys could have with a G17 and a G22 in the house, or a maybe a SIG P226 with barrels for 9MM, .357SIG, and .40S&W. When something happens, late at night, in the dark, what mag are you sticking in the pistol or what rounds do you have in the mag? Do you have the right barrel in the pistol for the mag and ammo you just stuck in the gun?

    With an all Beretta 92FS household you don't have those problems. Every mag fits every gun. All the ammo works in every gun. Your spare parts list get's streamlined. All the controls are the same. Lots of guys whine about the slide mounted safety/decocker on the Beretta, but if that's all you've got, you know how to operate it like second nature.

    While I don't have any Beretta's, I applaud a guy for figuring out what works for him and sticking with it.

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