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Beretta Mod 96 40S&W Inox finish

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by loadedround, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. loadedround

    loadedround Senior Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Valley Forge, Pa
    I would like to pick the brain of some of our Beretta aficionados regarding the Beretta Model 96 in 40S&W. I have a chance to buy privately a Model 96 almost new in the box with the Inox finish. Is this model discontinued and was this finish (which I believe is stainless steel) a special order from Beretta? Was it made in a 9mm? What would a fair price to pay with one 10 round mag? I was never a fan of the Beretta 9 series, but handled this pistol and I like it. Thanks.
  2. ku4hx

    ku4hx Senior Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    The model 96 has been discontinued but that's true for most of my guns. Sooner or later, if you live long enough, all models will "suffer" that fate. I think it's a fine gun with the last one I looked at priced at $539 at Bud's website. I'd think a private sale would be somewhat less.

    Mec-Gar magazines are priced at $30.45 on their website. OEMs seem to run about $38 or so new.

    A model 96 was chambered in 9mm. 96A1 I seem to recall; maybe other 96 models as well.

    I think "Inox" is Italian for "Stainless" or something close to it. I don't think it's a true finish rather the specific alloy, i.e. stainless steel
  3. cougar1717

    cougar1717 Active Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    The inox finish was not a special order - Beretta made the 92 series (9mm) and the 96 series (40 S&W) in both the typical black finish and inox. The inox finish does not mean that it is a stainless steel gun - the frame is still aluminum. However, Beretta did make the very desirable and collectable 92 Steel and 96 Steel models.
  4. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Winston-Salem, NC
    As I understand it, INOX is an abbreviation for the Italian term for "inoxidisable" -- or rust resistant. When something metal oxidizes, it rusts. If it is in-oxidisable, it's not likely to rust. In-Ox. INOX.

    INOX isn't a FINISH, it's a type of metal -- probably steel in some cases, and aluminum in others. Finishes are applied (plated, coated, added.) INOX is INOX all the way through. <grin>

    The places I've looked say the Slides on the 92 INOX and 96 INOX models are steel, and the frames are aluminum. I don't know if they anodize the frames, or not. But stainless steel and aluminum ought to be pretty rust resistant.

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